If you open any paper or look on a news site you’ll notice an increasing number of reports on the environment and global warming. The simple truth is that people are becoming increasingly aware of the damage being done to the planet. It has led to an increase in the use of environmentally friendly alternatives.
This is true even in the pest control business where individuals and reputable exterminators are looking for viable environmentally friendly options. Of course, the biggest issue is that, in many cases, the environmentally friendly solution isn’t as effective.
Fortunately, several pest control solutions work and are environmentally friendly.
This is a natural compound made from silica shells of algae that originates in fossils. In effect, this earth has thousands of sharp points that can puncture the hard outer shell of many types of insects.
Diatomaceous Earth is not a danger to humans or pets. But, it is effective at puncturing insect shells which then causes them to dehydrate and die.
It’s a good solution to sprinkle around entry points in your home to keep termites, ants, and soft-bodied insects out of your home. Of course, you can’t choose who is targeted by this compound, it will affect any creature that crosses its path.
Beneficial Birds & Insects
If you know what insects are giving you an issue then you can put specific plants in that will attract birds and other beneficial insects. These will eat the ones you don’t want in your house and garden.
Neem oil is a natural product from the neem tree and is an effective poison against many types of insects. You can leave a trail of oil in places where you know pests go or you can put it into a spray bottle and spray the insects directly.
Of course, this will also affect beneficial insects as well as the ones you are trying to get rid of.
These oils are also natural and they are designed to suffocate any insects that it comes into contact with. It’s particularly effective when used against eggs and young insects.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
This unusual concoction can be mixed with a little water and added to a spray bottle. You can then spray insects. The spray will suffocate them and kill them. It is indiscriminate but can also be used to block entry points.
You’ll find that a variety of herbs are useful to deter and even kill insects and other pests. The most popular options are mint, basil, lavender, and rosemary. However, many of the commonly found herbs will work. You can plant them near entry points to your home or you can use the essential oil equivalent to spray in key places or via an oil burner.
It will keep the pests away and allow you to enjoy your home and garden.
Remember, if in doubt, get the professionals to come and assess the issue. They can advise the best methods of naturally eliminating a pest problem.