Directions

1. Mix borax and pepper in the bowl.

2. Cut each bay leaf into 4 or 5 pieces and add them to the bowl.

4. To use, sprinkle a small amount in the corners of cupboards and pantry shelves.

Yield: I 'A cups of pantry-protecting blend

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Insects bugging you at your picnic? You can make your own bug-repellent candle by placing a few drops of pest-proofing essential oils in the well of a votive candle before lighting it, suggests herbalist Sue-Ryn Burns of Hill Woman Productions on Wellesley Island, New York. Sue-Ryn's favorite insect-repelling combination of essential oils is: 3 parts citronella, 2 parts lavender, 1 part eucalyptus, and 1 part vetiver. Or make some custom-scented incense sticks (see the illustration on page 223), and take them along on your next picnic, if

Ants on the march in your home? To repel them, find where they're entering the house and sprinkle the area with fresh or dried tansy.

Here's an old-time remedy for roaches and other kitchen pests, from herbalist and garden writer Tina James in Reisterstown, Maryland. "I had never seen a roach until I moved to the city after graduation. Someone told me to sprinkle borax in my cupboards and it really worked!"

Ants on the march in your home? To repel them, find where they're entering the house and sprinkle the area with fresh or dried tansy.

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