Thank you for the heads-up on the catnip/catmint! Wow, it does seem to be the miracle plant I've been looking for. And who knew, I already have 2 growing that I harvest for my cat...not sure of which type it is though. I will definitely get the oil for my puppy's bandana. I wonder what the cat will think? She's usually the one being shadowed by the puppy - it will be interesting to see how she reacts when the puppy smells like her all-time favorite treat, lol.
KZoppa, your suggestion of using cedar chips was brilliant!! I did a voracious weeding through my beds and put down 2 yards of the stuff and what a huge difference! I usually go with the shredded, but the chips are worth their weight in gold. That, and mowing the lawn down to a crewcut length has gotten rid of most of them. Or it was just a seasonal swarm? BTW, Mother Nature didn't like me criticizing her mosquitoes, so she sent in her carnivorous flies to teach me a lesson! I was actually enjoying weeding the raspberry patch, with dozens of bumblebees on the blooms. Cute little bugs that left me alone!