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Seven Tips for Chemical-Free Pest Control

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Seven Tips for Chemical-Free Pest Control

The weather’s heating up, and that means all sorts of creepy crawlies are about in force. Conventional pesticides are full of nasty chemicals linked to health concerns from ADHD in children to Parkinson’s Disease in adults. Why spray harmful toxins when there are lots of natural solutions to keep those critters at bay?

1. Seal those Leaks
Whether you’re experiencing an ant invasion or encounter an unwanted four-legged guest, one of the best ways to put an end to the problem is to seal off their entry point. For smaller issues, a little silicone caulk should do the trick.

If you’re encountering mice or rats, try stuffing steel wool into the hole, then covering it up with wire mesh. For whatever reason, rodents have an aversion to steel wool!

2. Build a Moat
Are ants attacking your pets’ food bowls? Start by sealing off their point of entry and using a damp cloth to get rid of any ants that remain in your house. Then, clean the floor thoroughly with hot, soapy water to eliminate the ants’ trail.

Once you’ve cleaned things up, keep them from finding the food dish again by placing the food bowl into a shallow pan of soapy water.

3. Keep it Clean
Food is one of the main things that lures those critters into your home. Make sure you clear floors and counter tops of food debris after cooking and eating. Wiping down surfaces can go a long way toward keeping your home pest free!

Up next: More natural pest control tips!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:39PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


4:27AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Thank you

10:45PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

thanks for the hint about grits and ants; will try it..thank you

11:10AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

One thing I felt the article was missing was the missing was how to plug those leaks and with what substances. according to this guide here:
A combination of cotton balls dipped in peppermint or the use of steel wool are good options

7:04PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Thank you!

9:11PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Good ideas

7:17PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I've had an ongoing fruit fly problem for a few weeks and followed some readers' recommendations of cider vinegar in a covered container with holes in the top.

1) After 3 days, no result so I took the top off.
2) After several more days, no fly corpses, so I added some ripe banana as per another suggestion
3) After more than 1 week, not one single fruit fly.

I've decided to stick with the Black Flag fly sticks which can be hung or stand upright on the counter. They're about $2 each but they do work fairly well. It's just not catching them all.

12:25AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Good stuff here. TY.
Here's an idea. Catch a few of whatever bugs you and put them in a sealed environment such as a jar with lid. Add these things mentioned one at a time. And you can see for yourself what is effective.

2:44AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

There are some excellent tips here for chemical free pest control. I didn't know about the beer to keep the fruit flies away, will definitely give that one a go. I like using essential oils. Lemon or orange oil helps keep the spiders and ants away.

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