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With Spring here Gardening is in the air…

Remember to use Pug Friendly Pesticides
Taylor Family

The weather is finally behaving and gardening is in the air. However, pesticides are not good for your Pugs. Most of the have chemical compounds that are deadly to your Pug. There is one of two things to do when gardening to make it Pug friendly: 1. Make sure you are always monitoring your Pug while they are in the yard or 2. Use Pug friendly pesticides. Of the two, I think the lesser is the best. Pugs are comical characters but also like to get into things and at a blink there is a Pug getting into something. To be on the safe side using Pug friendly pesticides are best. Here are a few ideas to help you maintain a beautiful garden and be Pug friendly at the same time:
Homemade pesticides are made from natural ingredients. You can also insure that the ingredients will not harm the pests intentionally, just repel them naturally. Besides using natural ingredients and being safe for your family and the environment, you will be able to save money. Natural ingredient pesticides are usually cheaper and require only a few ingredients to make. First off, you need to make sure the repellant has a bad taste but not be harmful to your plant. This particular recipe helps to keep most pest off your plants:
Oil Mixture: 1 cup cooking oil, can be canola or vegetable, 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing soap, and 2 ½ teaspoons of this mixture in 1 cup of water. Spray on the surface and underside of leaves to coat insects in various stages of development. This mixture is good with eggs and immature bugs. Be careful on the type of liquid soap you choose. Usually the best luck is with dishwashing soap with no additional additives like anti-bacterial ingredients.
Soap Mixture: A few teaspoons of liquid dish washing soap to a gallon of water. Spray on the surface and underside of infested foliage. The soap acts to paralyze insects, which prevents them from feeding. The pests eventually die of starvation. For heavy infestations spray every 2 to 3 days for 2 weeks. This is a generic mixture that can fight off most any insects. Make sure to use a light liquid soap here as well to ensure not to kill your plants.
Garlic/Pepper Mixture: 1/2 cup hot peppers of your choice, 1/2 cup garlic cloves or onions, and 2 cups water. Steep this mixture for 24 hours. An easy method for steeping the tea is to combine the ingredients in a clear glass jar, seal, and set in a sunny location. Strain and spray onto foliage. This is another good general mixture that will fight off most bugs.
Some Repellent Recipes for mosquitos, fleas and ticks, and ants are:
Mosquitoes: They are one of the most annoying pests that always seem to find a way to bite you when you are outside enjoying your day outside with your Pugs. Some simple ingredients you can put on exposed skin to detract them from biting you are citronella oil or vinegar. Some people agree Skin so Soft by Avon, also is a good deterrent. One may also try to wear pastel colors that will distract the mosquitos from wanting to even look at you. Another way to lower the mosquito population is have more birds and dragonflies around the area.
Fleas and Ticks: This is for your Pugs; one method is rub talc on your pet or supplementing their diets with garlic or Vitamin B to distract them from getting on your pet’s skin.
Ants: To prevent those pesky ants from entering your house or patio is to make a line of cream of tartar, red chili pepper or paprika to stop them in their tracks.
These are just a few ideas to use while gardening to help you and your Pugs say safe. Happy Spring and Happy Gardening!!