The Ultimate Controlling Outdoor Pests Quiz

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The Ultimate Controlling Outdoor Pests Quiz
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If outdoor pests have taken control of your garden, knowing some easy ways to control them may help you make your garden more hospitable for people. Take this quiz to see how good is your knowledge of how to control outdoor pests.
What easy-to-build structure may work well to deter birds from snacking in your garden?
wooden frame with window screening
To deter birds, construct a wooden frame and attach window screening to it. Use stakes to install the frame a few inches above the soil.
wooden frame with plastic sheeting
wooden frame with cloth sheeting

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Why is window screening an effective shield?
lets water through
lets sunlight through
both answers
The screening will deter bugs and other garden pests, but still lets water and sunlight through to nourish the plants.

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What kitchen staple may take care of an ant problem?
grits
cornmeal
both answers
To get rids of ants, a sprinkling of grits or cornmeal on the ant hill may do the job.

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Why may grits and cornmeal be the final solution to an ant problem?
grains expand rapidly when exposed to moisture
These types of grains expand rapidly when exposed to moisture. When ants eat the grains, the grains expand, from moisture, and no more ant.
grains are toxic to ants and other pests
neither answer

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What type of oil works well to repel mosquitoes, flies and other biting insects?
olive oil
grape seed oil
lavender oil
Lavender oil is effective against mosquitoes, flies and other biting insects.

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Why are sprays and lotions made with lavender safe for your skin?
chemical-free
Lavender is chemical-free and safe to use on skin.
contains chemicals
toxic to the skin

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What ironic approach may you take to prevent skunks from hanging around your backyard?
sprinkle some perfume on rags
Sprinkle some perfume on rags, and put them around the spaces you prefer to keep skunks out of. Skunks do not like the smell of perfume.
sprinkle cornmeal
sprinkle broken black and white cookies

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If you don't want to use your good perfume for a turf war with skunks, what else may you use?
strong aftershave
inexpensive eau de cologne
both answers
Any inexpensive scent may work, including strong aftershave.

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What may be a favorite meal of slugs?
greens
delicate leaves of young plants
both answers
Slugs like to munch on greens and the delicate leaves of young plants.

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What easy homemade remedy may deter slugs?
rinse, crushed up eggshells
Use rinsed, crushed up eggshells to deter slugs.
scrambled eggs
egg salad

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What items should you pick out of your kitchen garbage and use to feed your soil?
eggshells
coffee grounds
both answers
Eggshells and coffee grounds may be used to enrich your soil, and both help to control slugs.

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What kind of ant roadblock may encourage ants to change direction?
flour
Use a thin line of flour as a roadblock, and ants may choose to go elsewhere.
sugar
baking powder

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What may scare away birds?
sudden noises
Sudden noises may cause birds to fly away.
traffic
wind

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Which pests are offended by the smell of peppermint?
rats
squirrels
both answers
Mice, rats and squirrels do not care for the smell of peppermint.

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Why should you plant mint in containers rather than plant beds?
spreads quickly
may crowd other plants
both answers
Mint spreads quickly and may crowd other plants

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What does adding mint to make it taste delicious?
hot tea
iced tea
both answers
For a fresh and delicious beverage, add mint to your hot or iced tea.

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What homemade mixture can be used to defend your home from ants?
borax and flour
Sprinkle a mixture of borax and flour around the foundation of your home.
flour and baking soda
borax and salt

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Why should the borax mixture be kept away from children and pets?
may be toxic
may irritate skin or the respiratory system
both answers
Borax may be toxic, or an irritant to the skin and the respiratory system, so use with caution.

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What is the recipe for the borax mixture used to prevent an ant home invasion?
two parts borax to one part white flour
Use two parts borax to one part white flour, shake and sprinkle around your home's foundation.
one part borax to two parts white flour
equal amounts of borax and white flour

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Where can you buy borax?
grocery store
laundry aisle
both answers
At the grocery store, borax may be found with the laundry products. Borax is known as a laundry booster.

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