What do I need to do to maintain an eco-friendly pest-free home?
Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Pests Out of Your Home and Garden.
Getting rid of pests is a constant struggle for homeowners. They can ruin your garden, damage your home and spread diseases that can be harmful to humans and pets. Pest control sprays and baits are often the first resort, but they contain dangerous chemicals that can kill insects but also hurt the environment and human health. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to keep pests away from your home and garden.
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Keep it Clean:
A dirty kitchen can attract flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other pests. So, make sure you regularly clean your kitchen and dustbin. Also, don’t forget to seal and shut drains as well.
If you are using an insecticide to get rid of pests, always read the label and follow the instructions carefully. Most communities have household hazardous waste collections that will take unwanted pesticides. If you do have leftover pesticide, dispose of it properly. The toxins in these chemicals can harm the environment and human health for months after they’re used, so it’s best to avoid them whenever possible.
Use Barrier Methods:
Keeping your garden free of weeds, mulch and other debris is a great way to deter pests. You can also use a mixture of soap and water to spray your plants. This solution will kill aphids, spider mites and other plant-eating pests without damaging the soil or the environment.
Another barrier technique is to place rocks or logs around your plants. This will deter slugs and snails from getting to your plants. You can also try introducing natural predators to your garden, such as birds, frogs, toads, ground beetles and lizards, to help keep pests in check.
Physical barriers are a great way to prevent pests from entering your home and garden. Walk around your property to identify any cracks, gaps and holes. Caulking and weather-stripping can be non-toxic solutions for preventing pests from entering your house. Window screens can also be effective at preventing pests from entering your home.
You can also try a few organic and natural methods to repel or kill pests, such as essential oils and diatomaceous earth. Essential oils, like peppermint and lavender, have a natural insecticidal properties. These oils can be used in a spray or in the form of a homemade repellent. Another option is to use diatomaceous earth, which is a non-toxic substance made from the fossilized remains of microscopic algae. This powder can be sprinkled in areas where pests are known to enter and dehydrates them. It’s a safe and effective alternative to chemical pesticides.