Most of the time, I don't mind ants. Though, when they are in my house, they can get quite annoying and are very much unpleasant to have in my house.
I have read that ants tend to not like certain herbs. Growing these herbs where the ants are an issue should quickly resolve the problem. These include sage, peppermint, tansy, catnip, and pennyroyal. Bicarbonate of soda, coffee grinds, chili powder and flour have also been reported to work.
Info found at: www.theecologist.org "How To Repel Insects and Pests Naturally" (A Quality Repel-Ant) by Andy Hamilton, May 1 2009
For naturally killing ants, I have found this blog : http://naturalantkiller.blogspot.ca/, as well as these instructions I got from a friend:
Mix two tablespoons of borax with jam, jelly, honey, or syrup until there is a paste. Smear some on some paper or a plate and put it where the ants are. They should flock to it, eat it, and take it back to the nest. It will then act as a natural ant killer.
I am sure everyone's had these guys around their compost bins at one time or another. From what I have found, it is quite difficult to repel fruit flies. The best thing to do is just to kill them. My favourite way to kill them would be to use a carnivorous plant, such as a venus fly trap or a pitcher plant.
Info found at: www.theecologist.org "How To Repel Insects and Pests Naturally" (Compost and Fruit Flies) by Andy Hamilton, May 1 2009
The best ways to repel mosquitoes is to eliminate (as best possible) their breeding grounds and protect their natural predators. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Therefore, if anyplace with standing water can be avoided, do it! Places such as old tires and clogged gutters can easily be cleaned up. Mosquitoes have many natural predators. Keeping these predators around will help keep numbers to a minimum. Predators include: dragonflies, ants, ground beetles, spiders, water striders, frogs, and snails. It has also been reported that chickens, ducks, and guineas are also great mosquito predators.
Info found at: www.mortherearthnews.com "Outsmarting Mosquitoes" by Barbara Pleasant, August/September 2003.