FAGERLUND: Need help to stop ‘bugging’? – Rio Rancho Observer


Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on April 23rd, 2017

It is very warm and bugs are active.Occasionally they wander in homes or businesses and make some people nervous.In most cases, these occasional invaders are not going to infest your home or do any damage. They will simply wander around and are probably looking for a way out.Occasionally a pest like some ants or cockroaches will become a nuisance.

I have written before about how to prevent pests and that is by inspecting your home around the outside and seal any areas where insects or spiders can get in.There are baits available for roaches and ants and they are much more effective than using pesticides, which are rarely effective and can be potentially hazardous to your family. You can call a good pest control company to help you. Make sure they can positively identify the pest to species level and offer methods of control besides routine spraying of pesticides.

I have had people ask me how to control most pests without using pesticides.There are lots of options. Here is a list of how some pests can be controlled without a can of bug spray or an exterminator.

Cockroaches (beer and duct tape)

Ants (peanut butter and jelly, grits, Coca Cola)

Silverfish (baby food jars and flour)

Paper wasps (brown paper bags, Avon Skin so Soft)

Bed bugs (alcohol, water & dish soap, hair dryer)

Head lice (salt water, hair dryer)

Fungus gnats (aquarium gravel)

Carpet beetles (dirty socks and cheese)

Spiders (peppermint essential oil)

Almost all pests (soap, water and dish soap).

There are a lot of other non-toxic products you can use on almost all pests.If anyone has pests they want controlled without using pesticides, I will help you. If you want to call a good pest control company to help you, that is good. Make sure they can positively identify the pest to species level and offer methods of control besides routine spraying of pesticides.

If they want to use pesticides and convince you it is okay, them make sure they dont use toxic pesticides where the active ingredient is a synthetic pyrethroid.Some companies refer to synthetic pyrethroids as organic and they certainly are not.Synthetic pyrethroids has been proven to cause leukemia and lymphoma in children and can cause a pregnant woman to have an autistic child.There are safer pesticides available.

If you hire someone to kill weeds make sure they are knowledgeable about the species of weeds they want to control. On most herbicide labels, the species of weeds that can be suppressed or controlled.The person using the herbicide should know the identity weeds to make sure they are using the proper herbicide.If you have weeds in your yard, you can control them with vinegar, salt and dish soap and dont have to use toxic herbicides.

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