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5 Ways to Get Rid of Nasty Pests Without Hurting the Environment

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Pests are a massive problem for homeowners and businesses across the country. They spend around $8 billion a year getting rid of termites, scorpions, rats and other pests. Removing these unwanted pests is usually they’re only concern at the moment. However, the damage that pest control techniques cause to the environment cannot be overstated.

Traditional pesticides were first introduced in the 1960s. They have had a lot of negative consequences for the environment. They can contaminate soil, kill benevolent insects and harm birds, fish and plants.

The good news is that there are a lot of environmentally friendly ways to deal with harmful pests. Here are some tips. If you don’t want to take care of it yourself, you can always get an expert in termite control treatment.

Try using diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is finely granulated powder that is produced from fossilized algae. Diatomaceous earth has high levels of silica and a very rigid and abrasive outer shell. The exterior has many microscopic jagged edges. The particles are so fine that they can’t damage human tissue or skin, even if it is ingested. However, it destroys the exoskeletons and organs of pesky insects. Since it is harmless to humans and hazardous to pests, some people even ingest it to destroy parasites in their body.

Diatomaceous earth is very easy to use for pest control. You simply need to sprinkle it over the surfaces that you want to treat, wait for pests to parish and vacuum up the remnants of the powder.

Floating row covers

Floating row covers are made of durable polyester and are excellent insect barriers. They are flexible enough to easily cover any surface, leaving almost no room for even the smallest insect to pass through. They are also translucent enough to allow 80% of ambient light through. This means that they are perfect for greenhouses that require plenty of light for your plants to thrive. They also have a strong thermal proficient, so they can also serve as a heat insulator during the winter.

Homemade ant and roach cookies

You probably never thought about making cookies for your invading army of ants and roaches. However, they can be very effective. The Healthy Home Economist has a great recipe, which includes:

  • One cup of flour
  • One cup of white sugar
  • One cup of boric acid
  • One egg

You can make up to 20 cookies with this recipe. They will take care of your ant and roach problem within a matter of days. Just make sure that you keep them away from your children. It is best to use this strategy only if you don’t have any children under seven years old in the home.

Vinegar and essential oils cocktail

 

You are probably familiar with the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” This line of thinking definitely applies to pest control. Keeping annoying pests from getting into your home in the first place is going to make your life a lot easier.

Katie from the Wellness Mama came up with an ingenious idea. She mixed vinegar and essential oils into a spray bottle and applied it outside the doors of her home. She found that it made a big difference getting rid of the insects. Best of all, the concoction didn’t have a strong smell, so it didn’t disturb Katie or her family. However, it clearly did a good job getting rid of the pests.

Cedar best scorpion control treatments

Most pests are just annoying nuisances, but scorpions are extremely dangerous and should not be taken lightly. There are over 2,000 species of scorpions in the world. Many of them infect homes in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Scorpion bites can be extremely painful and causes significant discomfort. If a child or elderly person is bitten by a scorpion, they could die.

The good news is that you don’t need to harm the environment to get rid of these nasty creatures. You can simply apply cedar chips around your home. They have proven to be very effective at getting rid of scorpion problems.

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