Think you can put used coffee grounds to keep bugs away. They are used around the foundation of a house to stop ants, iirc.
Iirc, you don't drink coffee anymore, you can get them at a local coffee bar (grocery store I shop at has a coffee bar) just ask them to save you a bag or two of used grounds. Tipping (after all you getting free sustainable insecticide) probably nets you warm fuzzy vibes from the barista (don't tell Mrs Blue, I mention that part)!
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.