No doubt you’ve come across a variety of pest control companies advertising natural pest control. Does it exist? Does it work if it does exist?
The fact is that on the whole, pest prevention methods equate to the use of no pesticides. Examples? Vacuum often; maintain a clean kitchen; eliminate water leaks; seal potential points of entry – and so forth.
Nevertheless, when an infestation does occur, it calls for more dramatic measures.
For most pests, there are both chemical and non-chemical options available. Here are some examples of “green-ish” pest remedies:
Some pest control companies use microwaves to cook the termite colony. However, microwaves are not overly effective and can cause damage to the structure of your home.
Boric acid is effective against cockroaches, and some companies consider it a natural remedy. A somewhat dubious claim, though it is safe to humans. Then, there are sticky traps which can be effective for smaller infestations. Rosemary and peppermint oils have been found to be a reasonable deterrent of cockroaches, though these must be frequently applied.
Rodents are “easily” controlled by closing down potential entry points and positioning traps in locations of a strategic nature. The humane traps are suited to the relocation of rodents as opposed to the killing of them. For extermination services, visit our rodent extermination service page.
Bees, Hornets, and Wasps
Rather than relying on pesticides, professionals may knock nests to the ground, after which, they are crushed. Not overly environmentally friendly, and not something to try on your own, either. Rosemary and peppermint oils do kill many stinging insects, though not particularly rapidly. Check out our bee or wasp pages, for more information.
The caulking of access points (if you can find them) such as cracks and baiting should be enough to control ant populations from running riot in the kitchen.
Thermal pest control makes for a somewhat valid pesticide-free alternative that kills pretty much any insect type. When using this method, the eradication company will enclose the pest’s home within a tent. After which, hot air is pumped in and all the bugs in addition to their eggs are destroyed. It’s a very expensive option though and it is also disruptive, and it’s not exactly the most “green” alternative in the world.
For those of you who have considered trying the electronic devices that emit a high-frequency sound wave; well, they don’t work too well, so they’re not worthy of the investment.
Whenever making inquiries into natural or “green” pest control options, unless you know the company, be somewhat wary of their claims. It’s true that many companies that say they utilize natural solutions do in fact rely on the same methods and pesticides that are commonly found in conventional treatment methods. Some companies claim that they are “eco-friendly” merely because they opt to recycle office paper.
But, even when a pest control method has been labeled as “non-synthetic” or “natural,” have a close look at the label. The term “natural” is ambiguous, while non-synthetic pesticides might still be harmful not only to the