If you've got fleas, chiggers or other insects infiltrating your lawn, you might think that you have to go get the strongest chemical fertilizer and bug killer combination available to get rid of them. However, you may not want to use chemicals that could harm your pets or children or that could be bad for the environment. The good news is that you don't have to. This guide explains how to use items that you may have in your home to both fertilize your lawn and to get rid of the bugs.
Step 1: Grab Your Ingredients and Tools
- a pair of gardening gloves
- a facemask
- a bottle of beer
- a can of regular soda (fully leaded with caffeine and sugar)
- a measuring cup
- liquid dish detergent
- a bucket
- a large wooden spoon
- a garden sprayer
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients Together
Put on your gardening gloves and facemask. Mix together a half-cup of the mouthwash, liquid dish soap and ammonia in the bucket and mix it together with the large wooden spoon.
Add in the beer and soda and stir with the spoon again.
Step 3: Apply the Mixture
Pour the mixture into the garden sprayer and spray the affected area of the lawn by holding the sprayer at arms-length away from your body. Saturate the area with the mix, but refrain from having standing homemade fertilizer on top of your lawn. Doing so could allow the ammonia to burn the ground if the sun hits the grass before the mix is dry.
Since the soda and beer can go flat, use this fertilizer as soon as you have created it. Try to use all of the mix, but if you find that you have some left over, rinse it down the drain and wash out the sprayer when you're finished.
Repeat these steps every few weeks, or when you notice bugs trying to return to the area. The ingredients in the beer and soda help fertilize your lawn, making it green and lush. The soap, mouthwash and ammonia work to kill off fleas, chiggers and other undesirable insects.
In the end, you don't need to purchase expensive pest control/fertilizer combinations. If you have the ingredients at home, you may not even need to leave your property to take care of these bugs, while helping to promote the greenest lawn in the neighborhood. Ask your lawn pest control expert for help should you have any issues with these steps, or if you notice other bugs that simply won't die or go away. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Collins Lawn/Insect Control.