Natural Pest Control

Written by Lori Covington
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Natural pest control can be used when you don't want to use poisonous methods, or if you are concerned about the unknown effects of pesticides on your household. Natural pest control helps keep toxins from leaching into groundwater, prevents plants from taking up poisons from the soil, and keeps people and pets healthy while preventing pests from establishing residency in your house.

When you are worried about mice, rats or insects, it may be tempting to think that natural pest control isn't strong enough to do the job. In fact, you may be able to deter pests much easier than you expected by using some preventive measures, herbal remedies, electronic deterrents and common sense.

Pests enter your home for two reasons: food and shelter. Different pests have different needs and likes, but you can target more than one potential pest with similar strategies. Rodents tend to seek food in houses: keeping food products in the refrigerator and keeping floors and tables clean of crumbs can convince rodents to seek other, untidier homes. Termites feed on cellulose but live underground, so keeping wood products away from your house's foundation may also prevent termites.

Natural Pest Control

Part of natural pest control involves seeing the bigger picture. You may have made peace with the aphids on indoor plants, but ants are drawn to aphids, nesting where they can get to the sweet honeydew produced by the slow-moving insects. Essential oils of peppermint or spearmint are disliked by many insects. For a multi-pest solution, you may buy ultrasonic pest devices. Using varying frequencies of over 20,000 Hertz, these devices plug into the wall and deter rodents and insects without harming household pets.


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