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    “In the future it will be a question of finding a way to reduce the population. We will start with the old man, because once he is over 60-65 years old, man lives longer than he produces and it costs society dearly. Then the weak and then the useless who do not contribute anything to society because there will be more and more, and especially finally the stupid. Euthanasia directed at these groups; euthanasia must be an essential instrument of our future societies, in all cases. Of course, we will not be able to execute people or organize camps. We will get rid of them by making them believe that it is for their own good. Too large a population, and for the most part unnecessary, is something economically too expensive. Socially, it is also much better for the human machine to stop abruptly rather than gradually deteriorate. We won’t be able to pass intelligence tests on millions and millions of people, you can imagine! We will find something or cause it; a pandemic that targets certain people, a real economic crisis or not, a virus that will affect the old or the elderly, it does not matter, the weak and the fearful will succumb. The stupid will believe it and ask to be treated. We will have taken care of having planned the treatment, a treatment that will be the solution. The selection of idiots will therefore be done by itself: they will go to the slaughterhouse alone. “
    ― Jacques Attali (Brief History of the Future 1981) Advisor to former President of France François Mitterrand

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9 Natural Remedies for Pest Control

These common household products make great insect-control solutions. Keep those pests away with these natural remedies.

by Rachel Brougham

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Coffee Grounds

Those coffee grounds are good for more than just a cup of coffee. Try using your leftover coffee grounds in spots around the outside of your home where you think pests are coming in. Many critters can’t stand the smell of the grounds and will steer clear. You can also use coffee grounds to critter-proof your garden.

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Banana

Are aphids taking over your garden? Just place a banana peel under the soil near the stems of your plants. This will not only deter the bugs, but it will add some nutrients to the soil. Try these tips for getting rid of garden weeds.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

If those pesky fruit flies are invading your kitchen, grab a small bowl and pour in a little apple cider vinegar. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and punch a couple pencil-lead-sized holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and they can get in but not out. Vinegar can also be used to make a natural cleaner.

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Cornmeal

Seeing ants? Place small piles of cornmeal down wherever you see ants. Ants like to eat the cornmeal and they will take it back to their colony but they can’t digest it. It may take a few days to work, but if you have pets, it’s a non-toxic solution. Learn 17 pet care and safety tips.

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White Vinegar

Ants leave a trail which makes it easier for other ants from the colony to find their way to food. To wash away the trail, use a solution made from 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water and 10 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Some oils can also be used to clean furniture and fight odors.

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Fresh Herbs

Mosquitoes crash your backyard bonfire? Throw some fresh rosemary or sage on the coals to keep mosquitoes away. Follow these tips to build an outdoor fire pit.

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Essential Oils

Make your own dust mite repellent spray with essential oils. Mix eucalyptus, lavender, clove or peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle. Use it to mist furniture and linens and allow the spray to air dry. Follow these tips to clean your rugs and rid them of dust mites.

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Basil

Sweet basil not only works great in recipes, but it also wards off flies, making it one of the best patio plants. Just plant a pot of sweet basil and place in a sunny spot next to a frequently used door. There are many edible plants you can grow in pots and containers if you have a small space.

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Onion

It may be an old wives’ tale, but it works. To keep spiders away, slice up some onions and toss them in a bowl of water. Place the bowl where spiders enter your home and they’ll stay away. Prevent other pests from getting in your home this fall with these tips.

Cloves
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Cloves

If ladybugs are taking over an area of your home, place some bags of cloves or sprinkle some clove oil in heavily infested areas. Ladybugs don’t like strong scents and will evacuate quickly. Then vacuum or sweep up the cloves. Try these tips to get rid of Japanese Beetles in your garden.

Source: 9 Natural Remedies for Pest Control — The Family Handyman

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