Did you know that the Queen’s gardener is using garlic spray on the roses? We didn’t! A guided tour with Alan Titchmarsh in The Queen’s Garden (ITV) was a rare treat and told the story. This show, the first of a two-part documentary, hid another surprise. We’ve always thought Prince Charles was the eco-warrior in the family, keen to abide by organic methods. But it turns out it’s the Queen who is most committed to pesticide-free gardening. She insists that no man-made chemicals are used to spray the roses for greenfly — instead, the bushes are doused in water steeped in garlic.
Just Scentsational is planning a 2020 introduction of an exciting new product designed to combat mosquitoes and ticks and the dangerous diseases that they spread. Company spokesman Ed Brookmyer states, “with each passing season, we have noticed a significant increase in mosquito and tick activity and mosquito and tick borne diseases, hitting closer and closer to home with each passing year. It is with some trepidation that we all leave our homes at the height of mosquito and tick season and with global warming the season is growing longer. You never know what you might be exposing yourself to”.
The growing outbreak of EEE and Lyme disease throughout the northeast has focused the attention of Just Scentsational on creating a consumer controlled solution to the problem. As we all have seen, in the past few years, an entire new industry has sprung up all over the US dedicated to treating outdoor areas against mosquitoes and ticks by “fogging” home landscapes using a handful of alternative natural botanical extracts which have shown themselves to be effective in repelling both mosquitoes and ticks. Some companies are using essential oils while others are using garlic liquids. Each competing company seems to have created its own blend by selecting only those essential oils that it feels are most effective while leaving out other essential oils which are equally effective but might not fit into their “cost structure”. The one thing, however, that all of these companies have in common is the high monthly costs for treating the homeowner’s grounds! Our approach is different. The introduction of the new GarScenrtial fogger has taken the high monthly cost of family protection away from the “professional” and put the full control and savings into the hands of the homeowner. Now, for the first time, the homeowner is in control of their pocketbook and when and where to apply the unique GarScential blend. The Just Scentsational approach is to combine all of the effective botanical extracts into one liquid to maximize the efficacy without limiting the scope of the product.
The Just Scentsational GarScentrial is a highly effective blend of concentrated essential oils including the popular and widely used garlic concentrate. GarScentrial can be effectively used indoors or outdoors without causing issues. It’s a broad spectrum solution that is designed for use anywhere. There is no aquatic toxicity and no pyrethroid restrictions (each essential oil and the garlic liquid component is EPA FIFRA 25(b) exempt). It’s wholly effective on larvae in standing water as well as disrupting the neurotransmitter function in adult mosquitoes.
Crawling and flying insects including, but not limited to: ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, cadelles, beetles, mealworms, spiders, ticks, rice weevils, mosquitos, bees, wasps, moths, flies, fleas, gnats, millipedes, pillbugs, silverfish, sowbugs, cigarette beetles, dark mealworms, dried fruit beetles, drugstore beetles, confused flour beetles, fleas, grain mites, fowl mites, mites, nuisance beetles (such as lady beetles), red flour beetles, rice weevils, saw-toothed grain beetles, spiders, spider beetles, yellow mealworms, house flies, horse flies, stable flies, horn flies, aphids, boxelder bugs, crickets, darkling beetles, firebrats, ground beetles.
Areas of Application:
INDOOR USE AREAS: Includes, but is not limited to, apartment buildings, bakeries, beverage plants, bottling facilities, breweries, cafeterias, candy plants, canneries, cereal processing and manufacturing plants, dairy barns, poultry facilities, flour mills, food processing plants, frozen food plants, homes, hospitals, hotels, houses, industrial buildings, kennels, kitchens, laboratories, manufacturing facilities, mausoleums, meat processing and packaging plants, meat and vegetable canneries, motels, nursing homes, office buildings, restaurants, schools, stores, supermarkets, warehouses and similar structures.
OUTDOOR AREAS: Includes, but is not limited to, building foundations, dairy facilities, drive-in restaurants, drive-in theaters, golf courses, parks, playgrounds, poultry houses, recreational.
Immediate knockdown of flying insects
Non offensive scents
Safe Around children, pets, plants and shrubs
Fast treatment of open areas
Harnessing the power of organics to fight insects and repel unwanted yard and garden pests. Garscentrial is a highly effective blend of concentrated essential oils. Garscentrial is a broad spectrum solutions for indoor/outdoor use. There is no aquatic toxicity and no pyrethroid restrictions. Each essential oil and garlic liquid is EPA FIFRA 25(b) exempt. Wholly effective on larvae in standing water, immediate knockdown of flying insects as well as disrupting the neurotransmitter function in adult mosquitoes (octopamine blocker).
The auto industry has recently begun to use a new soy based wiring insulation in the engine wiring of many cars. It was supposed to be a big step forward in reducing the plastic wire insulation that has been used in automobiles. However, drivers have been noticing with increasing frequency that small rodents such as mice, chipmunks and squirrels have been having a field day under your hood. Not only is the engine compartment nice and warm but it now offers a smorgasbord of good eating. Yes! They are under your hood gnawing away at the seemingly delicious wiring insulation and sooner or later you’re going to have a major and costly issue.
One customer that phoned recently has found a cure that she swears by…..fox urine. She has found that by spraying fox urine on and around the wiring under the hood and on the car tires that she has all but eliminated the annoying pests that were literally eating her car. So, whether your car sits on your driveway or in your garage…this is a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure….or should I say….available in 8oz or 16oz’s of cure!
The Power of Peroxide: White Water Cleaning in the Age of Corona Virus
WHITE WATER is a powerful, concentrated, stable peroxide cleaner to remove stains, dirt, soils, grease, mold, mildew, organic matter in a very safe, eco friendly chemical process. WHITEWATER is a concentrated product, it needs to be dilutes alteast 1 part to 128 parts for medium cleaning strength and 1 part to 10 parts of water for heavy duty cleaning. It contains NO corrosive ingredients, contains NO carcinogens or harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach.
If you’re old enough, you probably remember getting a skinned knee and having your mother or the school nurse apply hydrogen peroxide to the wound. It fizzed up and tickled more than burned like iodine and, miraculously, it cleansed the scrape killing germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is still seen as an environmentally safe alternative to chlorine-based bleaches, as it degrades to form oxygen and water and it is generally recognized as safe as an antimicrobial agent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the CDC, household (3 percent) hydrogen peroxide is effective in deactivating rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold, within 6 to 8 minutes of exposure. Rhinovirus is more difficult to destroy than even coronaviruses, so hydrogen peroxide should be able to break down the coronavirus in less time. Pour it undiluted into a spray bottle and spray it on the surface to be cleaned, but let it sit on the surface for at least 1 minute. Hydrogen peroxide is not corrosive, so it’s okay to use it on metal surfaces. But similar to bleach, it can discolor fabrics if you accidentally get it on your clothes. It’s great for getting into hard-to-reach crevices. You can pour it on the area, and you don’t have to wipe it off because it essentially decomposes into oxygen and water.
White Water Hydrogen peroxide may be used for the sterilization of various surfaces, including surgical tools, and may be deployed as a vapour (VHP) for room sterilization. H2O2 demonstrates broad-spectrum efficacy against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and bacterial spores. In general, greater activity is seen against Gram-positive than Gram-negative bacteria; however, the presence of catalase or other peroxidases in these organisms may increase tolerance in the presence of lower concentrations. Higher concentrations of H2O2 (10 to 30%) and longer contact times are required for sporicidal activity.
The beauty of White Water peroxice is that it is safe for use on almost all porous and non-porous surfaces. leaves no residue and no lingering odors on cleaned surfaces including synthetic turf fields. Rinse water is safe for run-off in sewer system.
- Eliminates the use of high pH or low pH cleaning products that result in facility or synthetic turf damage.
- Contains no Butyl cleaners, no Alkyl phenol ethaxylates ( APE’s ), no combustible or carcinogen chemicals.
- Has no toxic fumes, no offensive odors and will not damage clothing like bleach cleaners.
- Safe, Superior odor destruction. Cleaning and whitening power without use of bleach.
- Uses Oxygen as the cleaning agent. One Product, does 95% of general cleaning.
- Oxygen Boosts Solvent and Surfactant active agents for a deeper clean.
- Significantly reduced residue. Less residue means less re-soiling, less cleaning.
- Superior health and safety without sacrificing cleaning power.
Garlic and Those Pesky Moles!
Have you been looking for a quick, easy and effective way of discouraging those pesky burrowing moles from ruining your lawn and garden? We’ve come up with this highly effective “solution”: Locate any new holes and mounds that the moles have created. Then pour about 6-8 ounces of garlic liquid into each mound. The garlic scent will remain in the tunnels for many months and send the moles scurrying to a new odor free home location. We suggest using the Garlic Scentry liquid concentrate for the best effect. You might need a funnel and even a short length of hose to make the job easier.
At this time of year, I listen closely to the weekly weather reports and start to time my final phases of winter prep to keep ahead of the first possible dusting of snow and the onset of frigid weather. Anyone who has been there knows how tough it can be to wrestle with a 50ft semi frozen garden hose…I’d prefer an anaconda! However, that’s exactly what the plan now calls for. I’m spending the time walking my property storing the forgotten remnants of outdoor furniture and tarping it all for a long winter hibernation. Keep your eye out for low hanging and broken branches. It is best to have them taken down now rather than allowing them to fall on your roof. Here is what I recommend, put all garden decorations inside, clean and empty the planter boxes and don’t forget to reorganize your garage so that you can easily pull your vehicle inside before the next storm hits. Here are some other things that can be easily overlooked but worth a second thought. Check out that BBQ and make sure that a chipmunk or squirrel has made a cushy winter home inside and then make sure that you throw a cover over it and push it aside under an eave so that you won’t leave it over exposed to ice and snow. While you’re outside, lean a ladder up against the house and check out the gutters that you can easily reach to make sure that they are clear of leaves and debris. Remember that clogged gutters will eventually lead ice dams and water backup. After cleaning out those gutters head out to the street and make sure your storm drains aren’t totally clogged to avoid puddling that could cause slipping and sliding. Also, make sure that you have an initial stock of ice melt to keep your paths and driveway clean and safe. Stoke a fire in the fireplace and sit back and watch it snow!
Q: What is the worst sound you can think of? A: The whining high pitched sound of a mosquito…especially when the lights are out and your head is on the pillow. Q: Who sucks your blood more greedily than Dracula A: The ticks that grow as fat as a grape gorging themselves and spreading Lyme disease. Q: How can you reduce or eliminate mosquitoes and ticks from your yard and garden A: Garlic Fogging
There are professional companies in business today that will come to your home and spray your property to eliminate mosquitoes and ticks for a hefty price. It was long ago that I passed a truck fogging a home and I caught the unmistakable scent of garlic. Well, it gave me an idea. Why not create an inexpensive home garlic fogging system that the homeowner can use to fog and treat their property? Why should the homeowners have to pay big bucks on a regular basis to some franchise to fog bushes and beds to prevent these annoying and dangerous pests.
If you remember from a previous garlic “rant”, garlic is a member of the onion genus Allium. It is a close relative to the onion, shallot, leek and chive but does so much more than repel Dracula. Garlic produces a natural sulfur which repels a virtual “who’s who” of insect and animal pests. Liquid garlic is tough on ticks by suffocating them and killing their eggs. It also suffocates the mosquito larvae that develop in standing water. Likewise, aphids, beetles and a host of other creepy crawly things. Spray or fog liquid garlic liberally over standing water, thick undergrowth, lawn areas, flower beds and directly on plants and vegetables.
But there is a miraculous beauty to garlic liquid because it is systemically absorbed by plants but doesn’t affect the taste of the fruit or vegetables. It has been proven to repel birds away from ripening fruit in a harmless non-toxic way.
Going a step further, most snake repellents use garlic as an ingredient because snakes don’t like the sulfonic acid that garlic produces. Use a little rock salt around the perimeter ( tough on the snakes belly)along with some garlic spray and you’ve created a great snake barrier.
Maybe you’re dealing with something a little larger such as deer. According to the University of California integrated pest management program, deer hate the fragrance of garlic and really hate the taste too. If you’re struggling to save those hostas again this year, look no further for an all natural way to repel those browsing pests that can tear through your garden in an afternoon!
It seems that most all animals with a more sensitive sense of smell than us mere humans can’t stand the strong odor of garlic. Garlic spraying or fogging is one way of deterring cats from your garden and mice from your house. Moles, voles, rats and bats…no one likes garlic. And that’s the reason we love garlic. It’s the safe, non-lethal way to deal with most all flying, crawling and difficult pests.
Terminix is using garlic down on the gulf coast to reduce the population of mosquitos by 90%. You don’t have to be a professional to get the same professional results that Just Scentsational Garlic Scentry can provide!
Sure, they’re sometimes beautiful. They’re always strange. A life form that lives on death and decay. It’s about as alien as you can get. These micro organisms are found everywhere…even on us! Mold is a type of fungus that are found in a wide array of colors. Remember, not all fungi are awful. Mushrooms are fungi and where would we ever be without a single celled fungi called yeast. No beer and no bread, that’s where. Fungi thrive on moisture and reproduce by emitting spores that travel through the air. Sometimes, they even grow on your feet and cause “athletes foot”. Disgusted yet? You bet. So what’s the real difference between all these alien creatures that we’re exposed to each and every day?
Mold is a fungus that has multiple nuclei that penetrate below the surface of things. Mildew is a flat growth that remains on the surface where we can easily see it and remove it. Algae is a naturally occurring moss like plant that spreads by air borne spores too. Algae grow…like mold and all other fungus…in humid climates and in a wide range of temperatures. Nothing is safe from algae growth. They cling to your roof shingles, grow on your downspouts and take away from the beauty and value of your home.
Okay, so the rain is bound to stop and a whole new crop of mold, mildew, algae and fungus will be sprouting up all around us. How can we ever keep these pesky aliens in check? I hear the blare of the trumpets and the drum roll. It’s time to remove these unsightly growths and cover the areas where they like to grow with our 1 Shot mold, mildew, algae and fungus inhibitor. This miraculous coating actually contains EPA approved inhibiting chemicals that are sealed to a clean dry substrate and whenever the humidity rises the web of protection opens and allows these inhibiting chemicals to come into contact with the spores and prevent them from taking hold and growing into a “beard” of terror! You’ve got the problem and we’ve got the cure. Come visit us at https://www.bareground.com/product-category/oneshot/cleaners/
Since our involvement with fox urine as a humane way of deterring small pests, we’ve learned a lot about the fox. But, we’re continually amazed by the many things we didn’t know. Although much of this information is pulled directly from the internet, we thought that we should share it with our audience because it is quite remarkable. Take a look below at some of the attributes of the amazing fox:
Foxes live on every continent except Antarctica and thrive in cities, towns, and rural settings. But despite being all around us, they’re a bit of a mystery. Here’s more about this elusive animal.
1. FOXES ARE SOLITARY Foxes are part of the Canidae family, which means they’re related to wolves, jackals, and dogs. They’re medium-sized, between 7 and 15 pounds, with pointy faces, lithe frames, and bushy tails. But unlike their relatives, foxes are not pack animals. When raising their young, they live in small families—called a “leash of foxes” or a “skulk of foxes”—in underground burrows. Otherwise, they hunt and sleep alone.
2. THEY HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WITH CATS. Like the cat, the fox is most active after the sun goes down. In fact, it has vertically oriented pupils that allow it to see in dim light. It even hunts in a similar manner to a cat, by stalking and pouncing on its prey. And that’s just the beginning of the similarities. Like the cat, the fox has sensitive whiskers and spines on its tongue. It walks on its toes, which accounts for its elegant, cat-like tread. And foxes are the only member of the dog family that can climb trees—gray foxes have claws that allow them to climb and descend vertical trees quickly. Some foxes even sleep in trees—just like cats.
3. THE RED FOX IS THE MOST COMMON FOX. Geographically, the red fox has the widest range of the more than 280 animals in the order Carnivora. While its natural habitat is a mixed landscape of scrub and woodland, its flexible diet allows it to adapt to many environments. As a result, its range is the entire Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to North Africa to Central America to the Asiatic steppes. It’s also in Australia, where it’s considered an invasive species.
4. FOXES USE THE EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD. Like a guided missile, the fox harnesses the earth’s magnetic field to hunt. Other animals, like birds, sharks, and turtles, have this “magnetic sense,” but the fox is the first one we’ve discovered that uses it to catch prey. According to New Scientist, the fox can see the earth’s magnetic field as a “ring of shadow” on its eyes that darkens as it heads towards magnetic north. When the shadow and the sound the prey is making line up, it’s time to pounce.
5. THEY ARE GOOD PARENTS. Foxes reproduce once a year. Litters range from one to 11 pups (the average is six), which are born blind and don’t open their eyes until nine days after birth. During that time, they stay with the vixen (female) in the den while the dog (male) brings them food. They live with their parents until they’re seven months old. Vixens have been known to go to great lengths to protect their pups—once, in England, a fox pup was caught in a wire trap for two weeks but survived because its mother brought it food every day.
6. THE SMALLEST FOX WEIGHS UNDER 3 POUNDS. Roughly the size of a kitten, the fennec fox has elongated ears and a creamy coat. It lives in the Sahara Desert, where it sleeps during the day to protect it from the searing heat. Its ears not only allow it to hear prey, they also radiate body heat, which keeps the fox cool. Its paws are covered with fur so that the fox can walk on hot sand, like it’s wearing snowshoes.
7. FOXES ARE PLAYFUL. Foxes are known to be friendly and curious. They play among themselves, as well as with other animals, like cats and dogs do. They love balls, which they will steal from backyards and golf courses. Although foxes are wild animals, their relationship with humans goes way back. In 2011, researchers opened a grave in a 16,500-year-old cemetery in Jordan to find the remains of a man and his pet fox. This was 4000 years before the first-known human and domestic dog were buried together.
8. YOU CAN BUY A PET FOX. In the 1960s, a Soviet geneticist named Dmitry Belyaev bred thousands of foxes before achieving a domesticated fox. Unlike a tame fox, which has learned to tolerate humans, a domesticated fox is docile toward people from birth. Today, you can buy a pet fox for $9000, according to Fast Company. They’re reportedly curious and sweet-tempered, though they are inclined to dig in the garden.
9. ARCTIC FOXES DON’T SHIVER UNTIL -70° CELSIUS. The arctic fox, which lives in the northernmost areas of the hemisphere, can handle cold better than most animals on earth. It doesn’t even get cold until –70°C (-94°F). Its white coat alsocamouflages it against predators. As the seasons change, its coat changes too, turning brown or gray so the fox can blend in with the rocks and dirt of the tundra.
10. FOX HUNTING CONTINUES TO BE CONTROVERSIAL. Perhaps because of the fox’s ability to decimate a chicken coop, in the 16th century, fox hunting became a popular activity in Britain. In the 19th century, the upper classes turned fox hunting into a formalized sport where a pack of hounds and men on horseback chase a fox until it is killed. Today, whether to ban fox hunting continues to be a controversial subject in the UK. Currently, fox hunting with dogs is not allowed.
11. THEY APPEAR THROUGHOUT FOLKLORE. Examples include the nine-tail fox from various Asian cultures; the Reynard tales from medieval Europe; the sly trickster fox from Native American lore; and Aesop’s “The Fox and the Crow.” The Finnish believed a fox made the Northern Lights by running in the snow so that its tail swept sparks into the sky. From this, we get the phrase “fox fires” (though “Firefox,” like the Mozilla internet browser, refers to the red panda).
12. BAT-EARED FOXES LISTEN FOR INSECTS. The bat-eared fox is aptly named, not just because of its 5-inch ears, but because of what it uses those ears for—like the bat, it listens for insects. On a typical night, it walks along the African savannah, listening until it hears the scuttle of prey. Although the bat-eared fox eats a variety of insects and lizards, most of its diet is made up of termites. In fact, the bat-eared fox often makes its home in termite mounds, which it usually cleans out of inhabitants before moving in.
13. DARWIN DISCOVERED A FOX SPECIES During his voyage on the Beagle, Charles Darwin collected a fox that today is unimaginatively called Darwin’s Fox. This small gray fox is critically endangered and lives in just two spots in the world: One population is on Island of Chiloé in Chile, and the second is in a Chilean national park. The fox’s greatest threats are unleashed domestic dogs that carry diseases like rabies.
14. WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? A LOT, ACTUALLY. Foxes make 40 different sounds. The most startling though might be its scream.