When a pest infestation strikes, many homeowners do not want to use commercial pest control services and the chemicals they employ to treat the problem. For some, this is because they are sensitive to the compounds in these commercially available chemicals. For others, it is out of concern for their pets, their children, or the foods and items in their homes – pest extermination chemicals are meant to kill pests, and they can sometimes have additional, unhealthy side effects for people and pets.
Another reason why homeowners choose non-chemical pest control is that they cannot leave their homes for the period of time necessary to fumigate them. With natural, chemical-free pest control, a homeowner can remain in his or her home while treating an infestation.
Homemade Pest Defense
You can create your own pest control compounds to prevent and treat pest infestations. Some of these are meant to be used inside your home and others can protect your garden and other outdoor plants from pest infestations. A few homemade strategies you can employ include:
- Diatomaceous earth can be used to create a barrier around plants to keep slugs away from them;
- When an ant infestation strikes, you can use boric acid to get rid of them;
- Spread dried coffee grounds in areas prone to pests to keep them away;
- Create a dust mite repellent by mixing peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, or lavender oil into water and spraying it in a fine mist over the area you want to protect from dust mites; and
- Trap fruit flies by filling a bottle with apple cider vinegar. They will be attracted to the vinegar, but unable to escape once they enter the bottle and pass its narrow neck.
Alternative Pest Services
You can also work with a professional who offers non-chemical pest control solutions. These include the use of beneficial insects to catch and eat unwanted bug species, glue traps, noise makers, and bug zappers. You can also purchase organic pest control compounds in supermarkets and from other retailers where similar products are sold.
If you are currently facing a pest infestation, discuss these options with a pest control company to determine if any are appropriate for your case. Whether one or more of these non-chemical pest control strategies is an option for you depends on the species in your home, the extent of the infestation, and where the infestation is located on your property. If none of these are an option for you, you might have to treat the infestation with a chemical-based extermination plan.
Work with an Experienced Palm Beach Pest Control Company
When you need to get rid of the pests plaguing your home but you do not want to use chemicals that could be harmful to your pets, your family, or your property, consider an alternative, chemical-free pest control solution. Learn more about your options by setting up a consultation with one of the West Palm Beach exterminators at Empire Pest Defense. During your consultation, we can evaluate your situation to recommend the non-chemical solution that best fits your needs.