Organic Pest Control Tips
Organic Pest Control Tips and Tricks
It seems that these days, everyone is going organic. And it makes perfect sense: Who wants to consume unnecessary chemicals on a regular basis, right? After all, we eat fruits and vegetables for our health . . . not to become radioactive. Also, for those pest problems that are closer to home base, it’s not exactly appealing to think of having deadly poisons in our living space. One common problem that we run into when we go organic is, of course, how to handle pest problems. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to approach the pest issue, and they are relatively easy to execute. Here are some great organic pest control tips and tricks:
Cockroaches. If your house is home to these nasty buggers, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth anywhere and everywhere you think they may be hiding. This substance is harmless for adults, but it will kill roaches that eat it within 48 hours, and it can wipe out an entire roach population within two weeks.
Ants. First of all, cut off all entry points and food sources, if applicable. Then sprinkle some diatomaceous earth where you see ant colonies congregating. Coffee grounds, cinnamon, mint leaves, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and citrus oil are also great natural ant deterrents.
Mosquitoes. Make sure that there are no standing water sources where mosquitoes can breed. A mixture of garlic juice and water (one parts to five parts, respectively) can be applied to the skin as a mosquito repellent while you are outside; you may also soak some fabric strips in the mixture and hang them up around the house to keep mosquitoes at bay. Also, plant some marigolds around the property to keep not only mosquitoes, but other flying insects away. Marigolds release a sweet scent that these bugs can’t stand.
Fleas. Citrus is a natural flea-killer. Boil a cut-up lemon rind in water, let the mixture sit overnight, and then use the mixture on your dog to get rid of flea infestation. You may also sprinkle diatomaceous earth where you think you have fleas, and can even rub it into your pet’s fur. To prevent fleas from colonizing outside, plant plenty of fleabane – an annual daisy that is as pretty as it is repellent to fleas.
Bed bugs. Although you can hardly see these pests, they can really pack a punch. Make sure to wash all of your bed clothes in hot water, and to sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your bed, and inside your bed frame.
Rodents. Again, diatomaceous earth may be placed where rodents congregate. You can also use good, old-fashioned mouse traps.
When considering DE as a pest control product, it can be safely used around all types of animals and is only deadly for pests like insects. It is not harmful to earthworms. Among the list of pests that it kills and repels are: ants, termites, slugs, snails, fleas, fly maggots, aphids. bed bugs, mites, ticks, roaches, earwigs, scorpions, cutworms, ear worms, lawn grubs, grass hoppers, and many more. It does not kill due to a chemical action like most toxic poisons but rather kills by the structure of its sharp microscopic edges.
The hard bodies of the pests are sliced open by the material and it literally drys them out and they die. Complete insect control may take several days as the insects die off, but whereas chemical poisons act fast and have a short residual effect, diatomaceous earth, while working slower will remain active and nontoxic as long as it remains in the environment.
As you can see, there are many ways to treat pest problems organically. You may also opt to put your pest control into the hands of professionals like us.Tags: Organic Pest Control Tips