Although environmental campaigns like to target big sitting ducks like large farming companies and governments, the pesticide use proportions may be surprising. It was recently revealed that homeowners spend more pesticides than businesses and government combined. Let alone, environmental issues, or healthcare calls for natural solutions that will keep the pests out.
In addition to parasitic relation in which rodents use our food, they also leave substantial amount of dropping which sometimes vector illnesses. Commercial rodent baits are not the best solution as they cause a lot of suffering to living things, causing the death by slow internal bleeding. They are also lethal for little children and cats if they catch a poisoned vermin. Snap traps are more effective and especially if you put a bit of peanut butter as a bait. An aforementioned cat is an excellent rodent deterrent.
Marked as number-one wood-destroying terrorists by the USDA Forrest Service, these insects cause billions of dollars in home damage every year. The traditional termite control measures like all-house fumigation has no justification, as the 90% of termite problems arise around porches, especially when considering the toxicity of sulfuryl fluoride. Boric acid products like Bora-Care are completely natural, it attacks termites’ digestion, and treating wood with it makes it inedible for termites.
An interesting thing about fleas is that they can’t tell the difference between you and your dog, or cat as it may be. They are only interested in blood. However, conventional flea products contain highly toxic chemicals that may cause nausea and dizziness, or even be lethal at high exposures. Instead, it is better to stick to organic pest control products, bathing you pets with pet-friendly shampoo, and washing the rugs and pet bedding with hot water.
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Pest control sprays are effective, they stop bugs in their tracks and paralyze their nervous system. And not without a reason. These sprays are highly toxic and can pose a direct threat to people. A natural alternative is to use commercial sticky traps, or make a DIY version by placing a bait, a piece of banana works just fine, into a glass jar lined with petroleum jelly on the inside. Spray boric acid into cracks and crevices where they congregate, and especially where pipelines enter your home.
Contrary to popular belief, these bi-winged creatures don’t eat wool. It is actually a larval stage of a certain species that do so. Maybe your grandfather saw mothballs as a prime pest control product, but guess what – their ingredient naphthalene is proven to cause cancer in female mice. It can’t be good for humans either. If you care about your woolen sweaters coats and jackets, you can hold them in the freezer for a couple of days at the beginning and the end of the season. The low temperature will kill moth larvae. A bag of dried lavender heads will keep them from your wardrobe.
Even outside, the pesticides that you spray around can easily get into your home. Instead try some of intelligent biological warfare measures. Dandelions for example. People often weed them from their lawns, not knowing that they attract ladybugs, which feed on plant lice or aphids. Aphids can also be controlled by soaking them with less toxic insecticidal soap. Lawn grubs are pests to consider. They are actually a larval stage of phyllophaga species of beetles that are known for their pesky bumping-into-people flight pattern in spring evenings. Organic garden centers will have milky spore, a naturally occurring and safe to use bacteria that kills them.
The best pest control measure is denying them access to your house or lawn. If that fails, there are plenty of organic, eco-friendly and non-toxic options to choose from. Remember, if it kills the pests instantly, it cannot be good for you either.