A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves -- share-- it works! Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with soap-soaked cotton ball, swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own & be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. (works every time) Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.
Take that mosquitos!- Mosquito trap - Cut the top off a 2 liter bottle. Invert the cone and place it inside the straight part of the bottle. Glue the two pieces together. Add 1 tsp yeast and 1/2 cup sugar to some luke warm water, and pour the mixture into the bottle. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale. The yeast feeds off the sugar and emits the same gas, so the mosquito enters the bottle, thinking she will find food there.