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Q: pet friendly insecticides?

May 11, 2009 | By Jillian | 3 answers | Expired: 2032 days ago

Jillian

thanks to everyone for their answers to my weed dilemma!
now i'm concerned about insects. my little babies are just beginning to sprout and i don't want the bugs to devour them. i also don't want to potentially harm any of my strays by using an insecticide. any good alternatives to this?
also, does anyone know if mint only repels mice and rats, or does it work on rabbits and squirrels too?

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Amber
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May 11, 2009

i've been singing the praises of diamonaceous earth around here greatly lately. food grade DE is very, very safe. it can be used in food like rice to keep it from becoming infested with weevils, it can be applied directly to pets to kill fleas, and can be fed to pets as a wormer. so basically, it's better than harmless when ingested. you can sprinkle it on and around plants to kill bugs without harming plants. reapply after rain.

good luck repelling squirrels. i don't think there's anything known to man that can *really* repel or deter squirrels. i don't think there's any such thing as "squirrel-proof"...at least not if you've got especially determined squirrels. i would think that the cats themselves would be about the best deterrent out there.

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Sheltervt
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May 12, 2009

I second the below diatomaceous earth advice. It's great stuff, and can be used liberally in home and garden.

Also, catnip is a great rabbit repellant.

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Keith
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May 21, 2009

Not sure about the mice or squirrels, but introducing ladybugs and praying mantises to your garden will help keep pest bugs under control.

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