With growing concern about the environment, people are switching to greener methods of living. From reusable sources of energy to avoiding plastic bags, every minute effort counts when it comes to conserving nature.
But what about the pest control methods? People still choose to use loads of chemicals to get rid of bugs, insects, and rodents from their houses and yards which not only affects the environment, aquatic life, and mammals but the toxic chemicals affect us as well.
There are many organic pest control methods that can get rid of pests all the while ensuring that no harm is done to the environment. Check out the 12 simple eco-friendly methods of pest control that you should adopt today.
Cedar oil to repel insects
Instead of going for chemically loaded insect repellants, try cedar oil instead. It is non-toxic insect repellant that will get rid of commonly found insects like mosquitos, cockroaches, and ants. It can be used safely on the bedding of your pets as well.
Avoid rat baits and Use rattraps instead
Placing poison in the corners of your house is one of the ways to get rid of rats. However, the poison kills rats slowly and painfully which makes the method inhumane and on top of it if another animal or your pet eats the poisoned rat, it can die and spread diseases.
A better way to catch rodents running around your house is by setting up rat traps. There are many rattraps available in the market that don’t hurt the mice but do the job effectively. Instead of going old school and placing cheese as the bait, use peanut butter or uncooked oats to lure rats.
Sticky boards for insects
Sticky boards can be used for insects that crawl. It can trap the insects around the place without engaging the use chemicals. Place the sticky board at a place where insects are mostly found.
Avoid insect sprays
The first thing we do when we spot cockroaches is bring out bug sprays and aim at them. But the chemical, organophosphates, present in them doesn’t kill them but paralyzes them. The chemical is also harmful to humans as well.
Make your own sticky trap
You can also make your own sticky trap for cockroaches. Take a jar and put a banana peel in it. Put some petroleum jelly on the rim of the jar. The taste and smell of banana will attract the cockroaches and they will get stuck on the rim of the jar in their attempt to get the banana peel.
Keep the woolens in your freezer
As unusual as it sounds, this trick can actually kill larvae from your woolens. Simply put your woolens in your freezer for a few days at the start and end of the season.
Use soap water for ants
Ants are always found crawling on a trail because of the chemical released by the ants proceeding ahead of them. Simply spray some soapy water on a colony of ants and it will remove the chemical trail which will prevent them from going ahead.
Solar powered pest control equipment
Keeping nature in mind, pest control methods are evolving to incorporate environment friendly ways. One of such products involves collecting energy through the solar panels above the ground while its spike is buried in the ground. The device sends vibrations under the ground to scare off small animals that live in holes under the ground.
Beer to banish slugs
Slugs are attracted to beer and can be dealt with easily by placing beer in a dish in your garden. They will drown in it as soon as they try to climb into it.
Eggshells for snails
Another easy way to protect your plants from the terror of snails is by using eggshells. Break the eggshells and place them around the plants. Snails will be unable to cross the barrier as the sharp edges of eggshells can hurt their soft and slimy bodies.
Get rid of fleas without chemicals
Fleas and their eggs can be banished without using chemicals at all. Simply wash, vacuum, and steam your mats and carpets to clean them. Use pet-friendly soaps and combs to get rid of fleas from the fur of your pets. Wash the bedding of your pets in hot water regularly to prevent a flea infestation.