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I've got 2 issues and would welcome any suggestions.

1. The neighbor's cat seems to use our backyard as her washroom. Any solutions how to discourage the cat from visiting our garden area where there's some drier soil?

2. Sometimes small oval-shaped brown bugs come in from outside. How can I get rid of them?

Thanks in advance.

- Submitted by SHEILA2006ESL 10/3/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments
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BANDTEACHER 10/6/2010 12:47:00 PM

    If you want a more eco-friendly way of detering the bugs (if they crawl) use crushed egg shells. Just rinse the egg shells and put them on a cloth to dry. Crush them and store them in an old milk container and use them when you need to. It does the same thing as the store bought stuff, only it will degrade without any harmful effects.
As far as the cat problem (other than an electric fence :p) the cayenne pepper does work, but you have to renew it after rain otherwise the fuzzball will find it's way back to your garden!
GAIAGIRL1 10/4/2010 9:24:00 AM

    Another solution is to put a strong perfume or cologne on cotton balls and bury them just below the surface or use moth balls. Check dollar stores or other discount stores for cheap cayenne, perfume or moth balls.

For the bugs, spread some diatenaceous earth across your thresholds and in your planting beds. I have not seen it at Home Depot but Lowe's carries it. It feels like soft powder to us but it shreds the hard exoskeleton of bugs and kills them. It is crushed fossils.
KHADEEJAH1 10/3/2010 8:25:00 AM

    I'm not sure about the bugs, but if you sprinkle cayenne pepper in the area where the cat goes, once he sniffs it he'll stay away.
HAPPYLEN 10/3/2010 5:55:00 AM

    sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but i think those oval round bugs your speaking of are fleas.... more likely from the cats using your yard. not definitely sure what you can do about either, but maybe your neighbor would be open to hearing about it. also, if you go to a reputable hardware store/gardening center where employees care and informed a bit, they may be able to help w/ remedies. good luck!
SHEILA2006ESL 10/7/2010 1:35:00 AM

    I don't they're fleas since some of them can be about an inch long. They must get into the house through some cracks and are usually found in the basement.

I'm going to try the egg shells. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to let me know.

The cayenne pepper has been working great. Thanks a lot, you all!
SHEILA2006ESL 10/5/2010 2:02:00 AM

    Thanks, guys! You're the best - I knew I can count on you. I'll try the suggestions. If you still have any other tips, feel free to share them...

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