Control Insects Naturally
Control Insects Naturally
Nobody wants insects and other pests in their home, but for many of us it is inevitable; bugs will somehow find their way into your house. Whether it is wasps in the attic, ants in the kitchen, or earwigs in the furnace room, controlling these pests can be a real pain. Chemical bug sprays and baits often contain noxious fumes and harmful synthetic ingredients and can be expensive. Natural pest control is cheaper, safer, and often more effective than chemical pesticides.
Before you spend another dime on chemical poisons, try our tips for safe, all-natural insect control:
The best way to control insects and other pests is to keep them out of your home in the first place. Most common household bugs are attracted to food and water, so keep your kitchen clean, take out the trash regularly, and store food and drink in airtight containers to deter insects, rodents and other pests. Fix leaky plumbing, do not leave food or water in your pet’s bowls and seal doorways tight; these are prime entry points for cockroaches and other bugs.
Know the Enemy
Before you can control bugs effectively, it helps to know with what you are dealing. Many natural insect control methods will work on some bugs but not on others.
Chemicals are not Always the Answer
For many pest infestations, non-chemical controls are often less expensive and more effective. An ordinary fly swatter is your best defense against many bugs, while vacuuming is a great way to eliminate spiders and other pests that may be living in or under carpets, in hard to reach corners, in furniture, or up near the ceiling. Light traps, fly paper, pheromone traps or bait traps can help get rid of bugs without spreading chemicals around your home.
Try the Natural Route First
Give natural pest control a shot before moving on to potentially harmful chemicals. Soap, cayenne pepper and eucalyptus oil can be used to get rid of ants, while boric acid can effectively clear your home of roaches, ants and silverfish. Mixing sugar with boric acid can even take out an entire colony of insects if you have a more severe problem.
Choose Safer Pesticides
If you have tried natural pest control with little success, there are ways to reduce your risk when using commercial pesticides. Many manufacturers now offer safer, plant-based insecticides that are lower in toxins and pose less danger to children and pets. When shopping for chemical insect control, read labels carefully and avoid products that contain chlorpyrifos, phosmet, naled, diazinon or malathion. Remember, just because something is labeled ‘environmentally safe’ does not mean it really is.
Use Pesticides Wisely
Always use common sense and follow manufacturer’s instructions, no matter what kind of pesticide you are using. Keep use of chemical pesticides to a minimum, concentrating on specific areas of your home rather than spraying or leaving traps everywhere. Use aerial sprays and foggers only as a last resort. Never use outdoor pesticides indoors, and always dispose of insect repellents and other products safely or as directed on the package.