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Seven Tips for Chemical-Free Pest Control

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4. In the Garden
Outside, you’ll want to take care of any standing water, which just begs for mosquitoes. To deter pests from your fruit and veggie plants, try companion planting with beneficial vegetation like marigolds.

If you’re experiencing a pest invasion, you might need to take further action. There’s a great recipe for home made pesticide over at Herban Lifestyle. She uses neem oil, which is a natural, biodegradable pest deterrent along with essential oils to create an all natural spray that’s safe around pets and children. Just be sure to wash your veggies before eating them, since neem oil isn’t recommended for internal use.

5. Get Boozy
Who knew that beer was great at pest control?

Give it a go in your garden to control slugs and snails. You can also use stale beer to control fruit flies in your home and even in your kitchen compost bin.

Trap roaches and fruit flies with a two liter soda bottle and some beer! Cut the bottle in half, put vaseline on the inside of the top, then flip the top half so it forms a funnel and seat it back into the base. Fill with a few inches of beer, and you’re ready to go!

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

Thanks

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: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/rodents-c-21.html
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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