How-To: Homemade Citronella Candles

by Chris Gardner

Some old candles or block wax + citronella oil + recycled food containers + a few tools = homemade citronella candles. Keep them buggies away with your own DIY citronellas, which, apparently, are only basic wax candles scented with citronella oil, a plant-based insect repellant, from a species in the lemongrass family.

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Materials

1. old wax candles, or wax from a craft store 
2. crayons
3. container for melting wax
4. wicks
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Know Your Bugs.

by Chris Gardner

I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.

Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.

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Low Tech Insecticide

by DIY Maven

Low Tech Insecticide

I had used soapy water as a pesticide for indoor plants, but a few years ago, while kvetching about an outdoor infestation of box elder bugs (an example of the nasty things is pictured above), my next door neighbor Buzz, a retired bricklayer and WWII vet, suggested I use the stuff to tackle my buggy problem.

Any liquid dishwashing soap will work. Simply mix a couple of teaspoons to a gallon of water and hose the little bastar ...I mean, buggers. I...

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