Organic & Sustainable Pest Control Methods

Organic & Sustainable Pest Control Methods

None of us like having pests creeping into our homes, whether they are small insects such as fruit flies or bed bugs or larger animals like mice and rats. The very thought of them being inside the house is enough to make our skin crawl right? There are a lot of pest control methods and products out there that while they might be effective in the short term, they are not sustainable and they could be harmful to you, your children or your pets if not used properly.

If you are growing fruit and vegetables outside, you may well want to consider an organic pest control product. One of the benefits of growing your own produce at home is that you can control where it has come from, ensuring that no harmful pesticides or other chemical products have come into contact with it. In addition, some of these products may be harmful to your pets if they take a shine to your veg – so it is a good idea to look into some of the products available. Whether it’s slugs, caterpillars or rabbits getting in, there will be a product available.

For indoor pests, such as cockroaches, ants, spiders or fleas, you might like to consider a spray that can be applied to surfaces, cracks and holes inside your house. These work not only to deter the insects, but to eradicate them when they enter your house.

There are a lot of old-wives’-tale-style solutions for keeping pests out of your home and garden without using chemicals. For example, did you know that slugs are attracted to stale ale or beer? By putting some out in a bowl in the garden or near an entrance to your house, it can bring them towards the bowl where they then drown in the liquid. Another fabled solution for keeping slugs at bay is putting egg shells down on your soil or grass – they don’t like the feel of the shells under their bodies apparently and they will move on to somewhere else.

If it’s cats that are causing you a problem, try moth balls, ground black pepper or lemon peel. Because cats have such a keen sense of smell, they can usually pick up the scent of these well before they reach your garden. Every cat is different and some don’t get affected by the smell of one of the above, but then one of the other solutions will probably work.

In some more problematic cases, you may well need to use a chemical pesticide or poison in order to properly ensure that the pests have been dealt with and are unlikely to return. Many DIY products on the market are quick-fixes rather than long term solutions – and for large pest control problems such as a nest of rats or moles, you can’t risk it returning. Make sure you either buy a well renowned product from your local garden centre or contact a pest control company if you’re unsure.

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    Comment by Matt: Apr 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I think having this type of pest control solution is a win win. You can save the environment and keep your family safe at the same time. But if you get an outbreak that you cannot control from time to time you may need a stronger solution.

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