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)
Put some strong snuff in the cracks and holes from whence they come. The parings of cucumbers will, if strewn about near their holes, drive them away.
Source: Cassell’s Household GuideFiled under Remedy | Tags: beetle, beetles, cassell, cricket, crickets, cucumber, insect, insecticide, insects | Comment (0)
Strong green tea, sweetened well, and set in saucers about the places where they are most numerous, will attract and destroy them. This plan is much to be preferred to the use of those horrible fly-papers, which catch the poor insects alive, cruelly torturing them while starving them to death.
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