Green Pest Control Tips
As you might already know Earth Day is just around the corner – April 22nd. As you also might know we’re all about sharing valuable information and important tips to help you have a bug free living space so this month we thought it a good idea to bring you some Environmentally Friendly and Natural Pest Control Tips. Even though unwanted pest, bugs and rodents are a natural part of our earthly environment we don’t necessarily need to share the same living space with them. The most obvious and simple pest control tip we can offer is to keep your living space clean – bugs love dirty, sticky, icky, grimy and sweet.
Below you will find six helpful tips to help you Go Green and get bug free at the same time. Please remember that we are always here for you if you don’t have time or feel overwhelmed with these options. Sometimes the job is too big to do it yourself so you need to call the experts in – that’s when we can help! Our team of certified and trained exterminators can protect your home, lawn or office from pest, bugs, rodents, bed bugs, grubs, ants, termites, whiteflies and so much more!
6 Tips for Natural Pest Control
Natural pest control is safer, and often more effective, than chemical pesticides at managing the ants, flies, cockroaches and other insects that want to share your home. Most pesticides to control insect pests are poisons that you don’t want around your body, your children or your pets. Worst of all, they tend to linger in the environment long after they’ve been sprayed. Before you reach for the poison, try these tips for safe, natural insect control — most of which are based on the principles of integrated pest management, or IPM.
The best way to control pests is to not invite them inside in the first place. Most bugs are attracted to food and water, so keeping your kitchen clean, taking out the garbage regularly, and storing food and drinks in tight containers will deter insects, mice and other pests. Leaky pipes and other sources of water attract cockroaches and other bugs, as does a full bowl of pet food. Finally, repair or replace torn screens, and seal off drafty doorways (which also saves on heating and cooling costs).
Natural Insect Control: Know Your Pests
The word “bugs” is a general term that could describe any insect or spider — but not all bugs are created equal. Before you take any steps to control pests, you need to know exactly what problem you have. Many non-toxic treatments, like borax or diatomaceous earth, will work on some pests but not others.
Why Use Chemicals?
For some pest infestations, non-chemical natural insect control can be effective — and is often less expensive, too. An ordinary fly swatter is a very green way to eliminate flies and other bugs. Vacuuming is another great strategy for getting rid of pests that may live in your carpet or upholstery (they usually suffocate inside the bags). And traps — like light traps, fly paper, bait traps or pheromone traps — can get rid of bugs and rodents without spreading around any household chemicals.
If the pest prevention and elimination ideas above aren’t enough, first try non-toxic agents for natural insect control. Soap, for example, has been used successfully against dozens of different pests for years — about 2 teaspoons of castile soap in a gallon of water will deter most ant infestations, as will cayenne pepper and oil of eucalyptus. Boric acid (borax) is another great, safe way to get rid of roaches, ants and silverfish. Try mixing sugar with boric acid, and you can get rid of a whole colony of insects. Diatomaceous earth can wipe out fleas. Whichever you choose, use it in targeted areas — not only is this safer, it’s more cost-effective than random distribution.
Choose Safer Pesticides
If you decide it’s time to bring out the big guns and use some commercial pesticides, there are choices that are lower in toxins than others. Plant-based pesticides containing pyrethins, for example, aren’t exactly “safe,” but they are a better choice than organophosphates, which are found in some pet products. Avoid anything listed as containing chlorpyrifos, phosmet, naled, diazinon or malathion. And don’t get fooled by ad slogans like “natural,” “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally safe.” Those phrases aren’t regulated and mean nothing (after all, even natural poison is still poison).
Use Pesticides Smartly
Whatever product you’re using, use common sense and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep your use of any pesticide to a bare minimum, and avoid aerial sprays and foggers except as a last resort. Don’t use outdoor or garden pesticides indoors, and when you store and dispose of pesticides, do so in a safe, smart and legal manner — because they’re hazardous waste, don’t just throw them in the trash.
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