Will Uncooked Rice Kill Mice?

a mouse

Mice might be cute and cuddly in controlled circumstances, but pretty much every homesteader knows by now that they are a giant problem when they are on your property. They can terrorize chickens and eat eggs, infest and ruin livestock feed, spread disease, and tear up your house- aside from making everything filthy. You need … Read more

11 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

a deer eating a carrot slice

Deer are amazing and majestic animals, and they also make for good sport when hunting, but if I’ve learned anything these past few years is that they’re among the most destructive, persistent, and difficult-to-stop and garden pests there are. Worse, deer eat almost anything. Anything that you’re growing in your garden for eating (corn, veggies, … Read more

So, Does Lemongrass Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Whether you’re out camping, taking care of your property or in the middle of a desperate survival situation, if there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to make things worse, it has got to be biting mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are incredibly annoying and also sometimes dangerous because these little bloodsuckers transmit all sorts of heinous diseases. Sure, … Read more

So, Does Sage Keep Mosquitoes Away?

mountain sage

I can’t think of anything more annoying than being relentlessly victimized by mosquitoes when I’m outside. It doesn’t matter if I’m minding your own business on my back porch, camping, hiking, or even in the middle of a legitimate survival scenario, these parasites are relentless. They can also be quite dangerous since they are known … Read more

So, Do Fire or Smoke Keep Mosquitoes Away?

outdoor fire with smoke

No matter what you’re doing outside- camping, exercising, barbecuing, or just visiting with friends- there is no situation that can’t be made worse by biting, blood-sucking mosquitoes. In peak season, they can make being outdoors absolutely unbearable… And, no joke, they are surprisingly dangerous, spreading various diseases. Not good! Accordingly, you want to do everything … Read more

So, Does Lemon Balm Keep Mosquitoes Away?

lemon balm herb

Mosquitoes are probably the single most annoying insect out there. Tiny, almost invisible and basically undetectable until they strike, those itchy red welts they will leave behind will be driving you crazy for days after. But annoyance aside, mosquitoes are also quite dangerous, being the primary vectors for several dangerous and debilitating diseases. Whenever you’re … Read more

So, Should I Kill a Hammerhead Worm?

If you’ve ever walked out to your garden or compost pile late at night, you might have caught a quick, furtive glance of these slimy, slithering, creatures in the undergrowth. Over a foot long, with a shovel-shaped head and powerful secreted toxin, hammerhead worms are invasive, persistent, and virtually indestructible predators that can wipe out … Read more