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Wasps are heavily debated upon when it comes to farming. They were once considered a menace in the garden but many farmers have come to terms with them for being predators that hunt harmful pests. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re completely harmless; going out into your yard will be troublesome if there are wasps around, you can’t take a few steps without posing as a threat and getting stung. That’s why I leave the pest control to organic methods and decided to make a DIY wasp trap that can help me get rid of them.

You can insert these traps into the ground or hang them from a tree, but it’s most effective if you use them both, especially if your area is prone to wasps.

A Ground Soda Bottle Trap

Take an empty soda bottle which has a two-liter capacity but makes sure that is evenly wide along its sides. Use a sharpened knife to remove the top part of the bottle. This should be where the top part and remaining bottle share the same width.

Fill the bottom part with fruity and sweet bait and adjust the top part into the bottom by placing it upside down. For bait, you can use jam, fruit juice, or even soda itself. Make sure that the top fits within the bottom snugly but if they’re moving, tape them together so you have a fixed trap.

Set up your trap where you’ve spotted the most wasps, near you flowers or fruit crops. By smelling the bait, wasps will just crawl in through the hole to reach it. Once they’re inside, they’ll have trouble getting out. Eventually, they’ll drown in the soda or juice bait.

A Soda Bottle Trap to Hang

If you can observe wasps around your trees, then it’s best to hang a trap near them to keep them from stinging you while you’re pruning trees. You’ll need the same kind of bottle as the ground trap, but you’ll need two of them this time. Take one bottle and repeat what you did for the first trap by cutting off the top at the part where it shares a similar width as the remaining bottle.

Tighten the top of the other bottle and just as you cut off the top in the first trap, you’ll have to cut off the bottom where it’s just as wide as the rest of the bottle. Then make two tiny holes along the top from where you’ll pass out the string to hang your trap. Add some tape where the string runs from so that wasps don’t crawl out through the holes.

Place the smaller top part of the bottle inside the bigger one so both the tops are parallel. Ensure that it’s nice and tight, otherwise, use some tape so it doesn’t fall. Fill your trap with a 2-inch deep layer of bait before hanging it up on a branch.

Remember to clean out your trap every night since wasps won’t really feel like climbing into them if the juice has spoiled or is filled with their drowned comrades. To make sure that no wasps fly out to bite you while you’re cleaning and refilling, place the trap in a bucket full of water for thirty minutes before cleaning it out. Happy Farming!

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Homemade Sugar Scrubs: Trick Of The Trade

Once upon a time, farmers kept a jar of soap, water and sugar next to their sinks for cleaning off motor oil, paint and other hard-to-clean stains. The grainy texture of the sugar in the scrub helped to lift dirt better than regular soap could.

Today, gritty soaps with pumice provide the same service to mechanics and farmers, and spas use sugar scrubs for their rejuvenating properties. Sugar scrubs help to exfoliate dead skin. After using a sugar scrub, your own skin will feel softer and look younger. Best of all, the ingredients for a sugar scrub can be found in your own kitchen pantry.

A sugar scrub makes a nice gift for expectant mothers at baby showers, a housewarming gift for a new neighbor, or a great Christmas gift for multiple female friends. Here are several good recipes that you can try.

Lavender Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dried/crushed lavender petals
1 cup sugar
Olive oil

Combine lavender and sugar in a jar with a lid on it such as a canning jar. Place the jar into a cabinet well away from sunlight. Shake the jar every day to perfume the sugar. After 1 week, add enough olive oil to moisten the sugar. The moist sugar should be the same consistency as damp sand. Place the scrub into a smaller jar for presentation and seal with a ribbon.

Honey Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dark organic honey
4 tablespoonfuls of sugar
½ fresh grapefruit

Peel the grapefruit and place it into a blender. Add honey and sugar and pulse until the contents are blended into a smooth paste. Scrub your face and body for 2 to 3 minutes. Wash your body with alternating blasts of hot and cold water. Finish with cold water and pat dry before toning and moisturizing. Use this scrub immediately, or refrigerate for no more than 3 days.

Old Fashioned Homemade Sugar Scrub

1 ½ Cups Sugar
¼ Cup Olive Oil
Essential oil for Scent

Mix all the ingredients and store in a decorative bottle. This sugar scrub is good for removing stains on your hands such as oil and paint. Using it frequently in the winter helps to prevent dry, cracked and chafed hands from dry, winter air.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix the sugars together until they are smooth with no lumps. Add olive oil and vanilla. Mix until the concoction is thoroughly damp. Place in a sealable container and add a decorative bow.

by Tracy S. Morris


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