Does Natural Pest Control Work?
Natural pest control is vital for the establishment and maintenance of an effective pest prevention program. Sometimes this approach is referred to as Integrative Pest Management (or IPM). Preventing and eliminating undesirable pests in your home typically requires more than one method. Pest inspections, exclusionary work, and non-chemical treatments provide an “integrated” approach to pest control. Both pest control professionals and home owners must work together more often than not to maintain a pest-free environment.
Plant-based (botanical) materials formulated as dusts, liquids, and gel-type baits are made from the essential oils extracted from plants. There are numerous plant species that have developed natural defenses against insects. Essential oils like clove, tea tree, rosemary, garlic, and thyme are highly effective against repelling pests. But, it’s important to understand that these types of natural products will only be effective temporarily. Many times these same products will not eliminate potential hazards from household pests.
To effectively protect our environment while living pest free in our homes we must respect certain insects that some people might fear (or may consider pests) when, in fact, they are not a true pest. Beneficial insects like Honey bees help balance our ecosystem and killing them or trying to control them will cause environmental problems far beyond our control once initiated…
Preventing common household pests is an important step to ensure infestations do not happen. Below you will find a guide to the basic steps in preventing insects from harboring in and art ground your home. All insects need three basic things i.e. food, water, and shelter.
Natural Pest Control For Your Kitchen & Pantry
- Keep food prep and storage areas clean at all times.
- Do not leave food on tables or counter tops.
- Keep food in sealed containers at all times.
- Do not leave dirty dishes in your sink or dishwasher overnight.
- Rinse containers before recycling them and placing in trash cans.
- Quickly clean spills of any kind.
- Put all garbage and food scraps in sealed containers with lids.
- Empty pet’s dishes each day. Do not leave pet food on the floor over night.
- Discard dead or dying plants near your home.
Natural Pest Control For Bathrooms & Basements
- Remove any source of high humidity. Use a dehumidifier.
- Remove standing water in your basement. Perhaps near water heater, washing machine, etc…
- Repair pipes and faucets that leak. This will cause standing water to accumulate.
- Install or repair seals around windows. This prevents pests from entering.
- Repair weather stripping on all exterior doors to prevent pests from entering.
- Ensure downspouts flow away from foundation at least three feet away.
- Ensure your basement is moisture free. Again, use a dehumidifier.
- Remove water from plant containers inside or on decks, porches and patios.
Natural Pest Control To Prevent Pest Infestations
- Remove clutter to deter insect harborage sites near homes, sheds and or garages.
- Clean your house on regular basis to prevent build up of clutter, food scraps and other debris.
- Caulk cracks in baseboards, window frames and around your doors.
- Ensure window screens are fitted and in good condition with no holes or rips.
- Replace moldy or damaged insulation in your attic and basement.
- Prune or remove dead trees near house. Keep foliage at minimum, 3 feet from touching your home.
- Keep lawn mowed weekly.