Best Organic Green Pest Control Methods
Any plant, animal, insect or germ that is considered a nuisance and is harmful to human activity is considered to be a pest. So one has to be able to properly identify what kind of pest they have encountered in order to apply the best and most effective pest control method to eliminate this unwanted creature. In the United States alone, single-family homes have been mainly responsible for most wildlife poisonings and surface water contamination given the high volume of pesticides they use to get rid of pests. This has had serious consequences on wildlife and the health of many families; and as a result, it is highly recommended that organic green pest control methods be used to preserve the biosphere. These methods are not only nontoxic and more affordable, but overall it is a much safer alternative for everyone and the environment. Here are 6 simple yet best organic pest control methods that everyone should consider using inside and outside your homes:
- Keeping Your Home Clean – ants, rodents and termites thrive best in an unclean and untidy environment. By depriving them of this will reduce and eliminate them from entering your space. By cleaning and vacuuming regularly; cleaning and changing the bed linen often will prevent the advent of parasitic bed bugs; recycling old piles of books, magazines and newspapers will prevent rodents from using them as scraps for building their nests; and properly and frequently disposing of garbage will prevent flies, termites, cockroaches and other unwanted pests from invading your home.
- Sealing all Openings – pests will enter your home through any accessible opening they find that is larger than ¼ inch wide. As rodents can easily chew through plastic, rubber, vinyl, and wood, by sealing these holes with cement or steel wool will prevent them from finding their way into your home.
- Using Green Insect Traps – these traps are nontoxic and harmless to humans. Nontoxic baits and traps are available for flies, rats, mosquitoes and other pests. If no trap, then consider hanging a fresh bouquet of rosemary or mint by potential sites for wasps which will deter them from nesting. Boric acid powder will slowly poison any crawling insect when placed in cracks and crevices. Likewise flour, black pepper, or salt when sprinkled along an ants’ trail will keep these hungry insects at bay.
- Practising Organic Gardening – for vegetable garden lovers having a healthy garden is the easiest way to prevent insects from destroying your garden. By building healthy, organic soil and practicing natural fertilization methods, mulching and top-dressing your soil will definitely help to build strong and healthy plants.
- Attracting Beneficial Insects – not all insects are harmful and some help balance the ecosystem by feeding on some pests and their larvae depending on the species they are attracted to. Insects such as ladybugs, praying mantis, beetles, and parasitic nematodes are naturally harmless and will undoubtedly help control damaging garden pests such as aphids, caterpillars, mites, grasshoppers and whiteflies.
- Making Your Own Nontoxic Homemade Remedies – most of these ingredients can be found in one’s kitchen and when combined are usually noxious only to pests. Depending on the pest, this remedy is rather effective for example a mixture of canola oil or cayenne pepper, ivory soap and water when sprayed upon plants will kill insects such mites and aphids.
The preservation of our environment is important for our future generation. As we try to develop an eco-balance and live in synergy with nature, organic pest control methods are by far the most economical and safest way to go as it is beneficial to wildlife, plants and humans. By being clean, practicing proper gardening techniques and using nature’s own to help get rid of unwanted pests will indeed guarantee a future for our following generations to enjoy.