1. Use Traps
For the majority of pests, including ants, roaches and rodents, there are traps that can get rid of them while not harming the environment. These devices are preferable to insecticide sprays and powders for many reasons. For one, they are scalable, meaning that you can purchase exactly the number that you need to control the problem without having leftover pesticide that you either have to store or properly dispose of.
Also, they are reusable, and can be reset and replaced as many times as you need until the problem is under control. Lastly, they do not leave any toxic residue, unlike some pesticides, so they are safe for children and pets as long as they are hidden so that they are not accidentally triggered by anyone other than the targeted pests.
2. Consider Non-Toxic Bug Killing Powders
There are two main types of pest control powder that are non-toxic to humans and other mammals but incredibly toxic to insects. The most popular of these is diatomaceous earth, which is made up of the fossilized remains of small plankton-like creatures called diatoms that lived many millions of years ago. Its chemical structure on a microscopic scale is such that it is highly abrasive to the protective exoskeleton of insects and will kill them through dehydration after they come into contact with the substance.
The second type of organic pest control powder is known as boric acid, and it works in much the same way, by damaging the pests’ protective covering and leading to their dehydration and death. Both of these powders have a similar toxicity to table salt, that is to say they are completely harmless to mammals. So you can employ them wherever you need some extra pest control help.
3. Encourage Natural Pest Predators
This is something that escapes most people when they’re trying to think of how to deal with pest issues, but it can be one of the best, most eco-friendly, and lowest cost options for pest control that there is. For instance, if you’re dealing with a mouse or rat problem, having a cat around your property can do wonders for decreasing the population. And even leaving some bugs that you might think are pests, such as spiders, can drastically reduce the number of actual pest insects such as crickets and flies.
Spiders in general are not a problem, as most of them do not bite and even fewer of them pose any threat to humans, so leaving them alone to eat more annoying insects is a good strategy for reducing the problems you might face.
4. Don’t Make Pests Feel At Home
The main reason people get infestations in the first place is that they have unknowingly rolled out the welcome mat for these bugs or rodents. Things as simple as garbage that hasn’t been taken out regularly enough or food that might have fallen under an appliance can be a huge attractant for pests of all kinds.
Making sure to concentrate on keeping a very clean home will go further than most other pest control efforts, and what’s more it doesn’t cost anything. The most important measures that you can take are cleaning up messes right away, taking out trash every night and keeping it in sealed containers, and keeping food sealed away either in the fridge or in airtight canisters.
By following these 4 tips, you will have the upper hand over pests, all without the potentially harmful effects of pesticides and other products. Good luck!
Sam Gerald has written many articles on organic pest control and is a big proponent of all natural gardening practices. However he realizes there are some pest problems like termite control that might require a slightly more aggressive approach.