Tending to your property’s landscaping is a great way to make sure it maintains its curb appeal. If you’re selling your property in Smyrna, you can be sure that a well-maintained yard is going to give a potential buyer just the right impression.


Landscaping, especially if you go heavy on the flowering and other ornamental plants, does tend to attract multi-legged invaders to your yard. If you’re averse to the idea of using pesticides to control the insect population in your yard, here are some alternatives that you might find more palatable.


Some Don’t Like it Hot


Ant colonies can become serious problems. Not only do ants sometimes damage plants, but you might find yourself inadvertently kneeling on an anthill and getting a painful surprise. You might find them invading your house, as well, and that’s never good.


Cayenne pepper, mixed with a bit of citrus oil, can help to repel ants. Citrus oil can be purchased wherever they sell essential oils. Cayenne, of course, you can just pick up at the grocery store. Put anywhere from five to fifteen drops of citrus oil and approximately a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of water. Mix it up in a spray bottle and spray in the areas where ants are a problem.




We’re certainly not advocating smoking here, but tobacco has some good uses. That nicotine that gets people hooked on smoking is also a very powerful insecticide. It’s also easy to make into a plant spray. Pick up some loose tobacco. You’ll want roughly a cup of tobacco per gallon of water. Fill up a gallon container, drop the tobacco in and let it sit for 24-36 hours. It’ll turn a brownish-yellow color. You can put the mix into a spray bottle and spray it on plants to get rid of infestations. Do not use this on tomatoes or other solanaceous plants, however.




Spiders making you nervous? Peppermint oil repels them. You can pick up peppermint essential oil and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Use about 10-20 drops—depending upon the strength of the oil---in a small mister and spray away at baseboards, gaps in doors and other areas where eight-legged company might decide to come in the house. You can also spray this around plants that have spider issues.


If you want a pro to take a look at and, perhaps, revamp your yard, ask us for local experts.