Dissolve two pounds of alum in three or four quarts of water. Let it remain over night till all the alum is dissolved. Then with a brush, apply boiling hot to every joint or crevice in the closet or shelves where croton bugs, ants, cockroaches, etc., intrude; also to the joints and crevices of bedsteads, as bed bugs dislike it as much as croton bugs, roaches, or ants. Brush all the cracks in the floor and mop-boards. Keep it boiling hot while using.
Source: The White House Cookbook, F.L. GilletteFiled under Remedy | Tags: alum, ants, bedbugs, bug, bugs, cockroaches, croton bugs, insect, insecticide, insects, repellent, roaches, vermin, water, whitehouse | Comment (0)
A small quantity of green sage, placed in the closet, will cause red ants to disappear. The flour of sulphur, also, sprinkled round the places they frequent, will cause them to disappear.
Source: Valuable Receipts, J.M. PrescottFiled under Remedy | Tags: ant, ants, closet, flowers of sulfur, flowers of sulphur, green sage, prescott, red ants, sage, sulfur, sulphur | Comment (0)
Hellebore, rubbed over with molasses, and put round the places that cockroaches frequent, is a very effectual poison for them. Arsenic, spread on bread and butter, and placed round rat or mouse holes, will soon put a stop to their ravages. Quicksilver and the white of an egg, beat together, and laid with a feather round the crevices of the bedsteads and the sacking, is very effectual in destroying bugs in them. To kill flies, when so numerous as to be troublesome, keep cobalt, wet with spirit, in a large shallow plate. The spirit will attract the flies, and the cobalt will kill them very soon. Black pepper is said to be good to destroy them — it should be mixed, so as to be very strong, with a little cream and sugar. Great care is necessary in using the above poisons, where there are any children, as they are so apt to eat any thing that comes in their way, and these poisons will prove as fatal to them as to vermin, (excepting the pepper.) The flour of sulphur is said to be good to drive ants away, if sprinkled round the places that they frequent. Sage is also good. Weak brine will kill worms in gravel walks, if kept moist with it a week in the spring, and three or four days in the fall.
Source: The American HousewifeFiled under Remedy | Tags: ants, arsenic, black pepper, bread, brine, bugs, butter, cobalt, cockroaches, cream, egg, egg white, feather, flies, flowers of sulphur, hellebore, housewife, insects, mercury, molasses, mouse, pepper, quicksilver, rat, sage, spirit, sugar, sulphur, vermin, worm | Comment (0)