Pest control often means using dangerous chemicals like pesticides and poisons to get rid of the rodents, insects, arachnids, and other pests that can damage your home, feed on you and your pets, destroy your garden, and spread disease.
However, these chemicals can enter the water supply and have unforeseen consequences on the environment, plus they can damage the healthy plants and animals that you want to see on your property. That’s why many people try to avoid using them.
Still, avoiding hazardous chemicals shouldn’t mean you have to live with pests and parasites. That’s why a growing number of people are looking at eco-friendly ways to reduce pest populations. These solutions aren’t as easy as spraying your garden with pesticide, but the extra effort will give you a healthier environment and in many cases a more effective long-term solution to pest infestations.
1. Active Inspections
The longer a pest problem goes on, the worse it will get. That’s why it helps to inspect your property inside and out on a regular basis. If you can spot a small infestation before it gets bigger, you can take care of the problem using simple removal solutions and not have to fumigate your house or spray your whole garden with pesticide.
2. Frequent Repairs
If you don’t want rats or insects getting into your house, don’t make it easy for them to do so. As houses age, cracks can form along the foundation and in the corners of windows, cracks just large enough for small insects like ants and cockroaches to sneak in or for mice to catch a scent and chew themselves an entrance. If you can find and block these entry points, you’ll have fewer pest problems to worry about.
3. Breeding Ground Removal
If you make it hard for pests to find places to lay their eggs, then there won’t be as many pests around. For mosquitoes this means going around your yard and removing any standing water you find, like a bucket or a kiddie pool left outside or an old tire gathering rainwater. You can also make it harder for bed bugs by cleaning up piles of clothes and keeping your mattress away from the rest of your furniture.
4. Pest-Resistant Plants
Some plant strains were developed to make them resistant or unattractive to pests that would eat them. Other garden plants naturally keep pests away, and you can use them to create a barrier around your more tempting vegetables and flowers. You can also use physical barriers like chicken wire to keep larger pests like rabbits and mice out of your garden.
Pest control doesn’t have to begin and end with pesticides. In fact, avoiding pesticides is better in the long run since many pests become resistant to them after repeated exposures. If you want to handle pests on your property in an eco-friendly way, you can contact Habitat Pest Control for advice and treatment options that will keep your home and garden healthy without relying too much on dangerous chemicals.