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Talc, Butter Containers And Juice Bottles: Here's How To Stop Creepy Crawlies

If you're scared of cockroaches, over ants and hate spiders there are some very clever ways to get rid of them -- without chemicals.

Got a creepy crawly problem but don't want to spray the house? Naturalist and insect expert Martyn Robinson has you covered.  You see, he's all about getting rid of insects from the home without using harsh chemicals. Safer, for sure, and less likely to mean you need to get up close and personal with them too.

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Like this great idea for ridding your home of cockroaches. "When you finish your butter or margarine, keep the container," he told Studio 10. "Leave it greasy then pour in a centimetre or two of cheap red wine. Put that into a cupboard where they are and they will crawl in to try and get to the wine, and they'll drown in the liquid down the bottom."

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The good thing about that (aside from having to open a bottle of wine, of course) is that you can then throw the whole lot on to the garden without worrying about poisoning anything else.

Genius.

For a bigger cockroach issue, Robinson suggested a bigger container -- a juice bottle, with the rim of the neck cut off. Spread Vaseline around the hole that is left, on the inside of the bottle, and put an apple core or something sweet inside that attracts the critters. Once again, they will crawl in but will be unable to get out.

For mozzies, Robinson suggested that what you need to get rid of is the water source they're attracted to. "They will usually try to find a safe spot to breed -- usually a temporary water source like a saucer under a plant pot or a rain-filled bucket -- so get rid of the water."

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Right. Next? Ants.

He has a genius hack for them too. And it's talcum powder.

Spread it around where they are entering the house and they will soon stop. "As they walk in, it sticks to their feet," he said, "and when they lick it off, they don't feel very good."

Makes perfect sense. And if you can't get rid of them that way, at least you can follow their footprints...

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