"Organic pest control starts with healthy soils and a healthy, clean plant," says Tara Moreau, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. "My favourite method for my house plants and container plants is to bring them in the shower with me. Not only do they get a good drink of water but you can gently rub the leaves to kill and dislodge the insects."
"Place pieces of asphalt roofing shingles around the edge of the flower garden to keep slugs away. They don't like to crawl over the rough surface." - Courtney Barbour, St. John's, Nfld.
"Orange Peel or chili powder added to the soil keeps squirrels from digging up bulbs." - Laura Scrivener, London, Ont.
"Soap and water will get rid of a lot of insects, as well. Many insects do more good than harm, like ants who farm aphids." - Ashley Fletcher, Truro, N.S.
"Attract toads by putting an upturned clay flowerpot (with an entry hole on one side) in a shady, moist place in your garden. This is an effective way to get rid of many pests since the toads eat slugs, cutworms, sow bugs, caterpillars and various beetles." - City of Toronto.