1. Mix borax and pepper in the howl.
  2. Cut each bay leaf into 4 or 5 pieces and add them to the bowl.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. To use, sprinkle a small amount in the corners of cupboards and pantry shelves.

Yield: 1 'A cups of pantry-protecting blend

Ants on the march in your home? To repel them, find where they're entering the house and sprinkle the area with fresh or dried tansy.


Insects bugging you at your picnic? You can make your own bug-repellent candle by placing a few drops of pest-proofing essential oils in the well of a votive candle before lighting it, suggests herbalist Sue-Ryn Burns of Hill Woman Productions on Wellesiey Island, New York. Sue-Ryn's favorite insect-repelling combination of essential oils is: 3 parts citronelia, 2 parts lavender, 1 part eucalyptus, and 1 part vetiver. Or make some custom-scented incense sticks (see the illustration on page 223), and take them along on your next picnic.

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