In the past, the only real solution for killing and preventing pests at home involved harsh and sometimes dangerous chemicals. While these products may have been effective, they also increased health risks for homeowners, families and pets.
Thankfully, there are now a greater number of organic pest control options which offer effective results with little to no risk of damaging health. Additionally, many organic pest control methods are less expensive when compared to their commercial counterparts. Most of all, organic pest control solutions can be applied without the help of a professional.
Some of the most popular organic pest control methods and products include:
- Boric Acid – Boric acid is similar to table salt, but when ingested by insects, it can become deadly. Boric acid should be sprinkled in powder form around the entryways of your home to reduce pest traffic.
- Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous earth is made up of sharp diatoms which puncture the bodies of insects they come into contact with them. It's important to note that diatomaceous earth should be food-grade, as other products are prone to triggering respiratory problems.
- Plants – Another great method of organic pest control is the use of plants. Plants such as peppermint, lavender and spearmint are recommended for interior and exterior control, due to the strong aroma.
You can also boil these plants in water and mix them into spray bottles to create pest-prevention sprays for indoor and outdoor use. Citronella is another option for keeping pests away, including rats, mosquitoes and roaches.
No matter which preventative measures you take, remember that your health and the health of those around you is an important factor. However, if you're dealing with large infestations or pests that carry diseases, such as rats or cockroaches, call a professional pest control company for assistance.
Organic: Slower and More Natural
Keep in mind that some organic pest control methods may take a while to go into effect. Because organic products use natural ingredients, it causes the pests to die naturally, which makes it safer, but somewhat slower. However, this provides a stronger long-term solution to getting rid of pests that doesn’t involve toxic chemical use nor harms the environment, an important priority for homeowners everywhere.