Have you been searching for Eco-friendly ways to help you get rid of pests in your home, garden, and even while camping? You’d be pleased to know that you don’t have to use chemicals.
As a matter of fact, using non-chemical choices is better for you and the environment, and they are very effective.
In fact, in some cases, these natural methods are even more effective than the more dangerous chemical solutions.
Environmentalists and scientists have repeatedly stated that the goal for each individual is to reduce their personal carbon footprint because this collective effort is needed to slow down the effects of global warming.
You may or may not believe that being environmentally conscious and making simple adjustments doesn’t make a difference, but they do.
Let’s discuss those sixteen natural pest control methods…
1)) Pull Weeds Often
The best way to get rid of weeds in your yard is simply to pull them up from the roots when you see them.
The best time to do it is after you’ve watered or after a good rain because the moist soil will make them easier to pull up.
If you have a lot of weeds you can also pour hot boiling water on them. It will kill whatever it touches, though, so only do this when you have a large concentration of weeds to get rid of.
Tip: Weeds are easier to pull up when they are small. If you’ve ever tried to pull up a full-grown weed, then you know how difficult it can be once they’ve developed strong deep roots. You can also use a weed puller to make your job easier and faster.
2)) Get Rid of Weak Plants
When any plant succumbs to bugs, the best thing to do is to remove the weak plants, keeping only the stronger, more resistant plants.
3)) Build Soil Organically
Having healthy soil is one of your best defenses against pests in your garden. Build up your soil for the type of plants you’re growing using natural means such as manure and plant matter.
4)) Keep Foliage Dry
Water the soil of plants in your garden, not the leaves. A good way to do this is to build an irrigation system that allows you to water the garden without getting all the leaves of the plants wet.
5)) Clean Up
Keeping plants clean with a little natural soap and water mixture is also helpful to keep down mold and pests.
Ensure that you look up the types of plants that work well with soap and water mixtures.
6)) Keep a Clean Home
Your best defense against pests in the home is truly keeping it free of the things that pests like.
Use sealed plastic and glass containers for food so that pests don’t smell it, to keep them from being attracted to your home.
7)) Make a Borax Mixture
Mix together 8 parts borax, 4 parts flour, 1 part Crisco, powdered sugar, and just enough water to make it into a ball of dough.
Separate into small balls the size of a grape. Place balls in places that bugs like to go. Once in a while, you can freshen up the balls with water or replace them with new ones as needed.
Bugs eat the substance and it will kill them.
Believe it or not, bugs do not like catnip. What’s great is that catnip will not harm humans or pets but it will repel bugs.
Wrap catnip in mesh or cloth satchels and place them around your house.
Using traps specially made for the type of pest you have, catching them, and discarding them is a way to help lower the breeding of pests.
10)) Cover Entry Points
This works especially well for mice and rats. Cover all the places of potential entry like under sinks, water heaters, pipes, and flooring.
Tip: Mice and rats do not like steel wool, which makes it a great material to block entry points.
11)) Cedar Oil
Not only can you use cedar on your wood to bring back the fresh look and smell, but you can also use it to help ward off moths.
Using wood chunks, covered in cedar oil, in satchels hung in your closet will keep your clothing safe.
The last thing you need is moths eating holes in your clothing, which could be expensive to replace.
12)) Brewer’s Yeast
If you are often bitten by mosquitoes when you go outside, you and your pets can ingest brewer’s yeast to repel them.
Eating lots of garlic will also help ward off pests. If you don’t like to eat garlic you can take garlic supplements, as can your pets.
NOTE: Don’t go overboard with the consumption of garlic, because the smell can start coming from the pores of your skin and from your burps. The goal is to ward off pests and not people.
14)) Apple Cider Vinegar
Set a trap with apple cider vinegar in a dish to catch gnats. Rinse your dog’s coat with half water, and half apple cider vinegar mixture to help ward off pests as well as treat bites.
15)) Citronella Candles
You can buy these at any store that sells outdoor supplies or camping gear. These candles give off an odor that wards off pests, especially flies and mosquitoes.
16)) Garlic Juice
Mix half garlic juice with half water and spray directly on the skin to protect yourself and your children from pests.
The more you learn about natural ways to protect your home and the environment from pests, the more you’ll realize that you don’t need chemicals or put yourself in danger with harsh chemicals.
I know that some of these natural pest control methods may not be for everyone, which is okay.
Simply try the methods that appeal to you so that you can validate their effectiveness.
I encourage you to not stop here and to explore the many other options that are readily available.
Share these natural pest control methods with everyone, because doing so will get others involved, which collectively can reduce the carbon footprints of the masses.
This will go a long way toward slowing down the effects of global warming.
Pick a method and begin applying it today!