(NaturalNews) Too often, people will reach for a can of insect spray and virtually empty the can at the first sign of a mosquito or spider. Not only is this toxic for the environment but it is harmful for humans as well. Have a look at the active ingredients on a can of pesticide and do a little research on the dangers of these ingredients before simply buying and spraying. Although no-one wants fly, mosquito and flea infestations, really simple concepts and products can help to control insect problems without the use of dangerous chemicals.
Easy Steps in Controlling Bug Infestations Harmlessly
It is impractical to think of eliminating bugs altogether. Ants, spiders, termites and wasps, among other creatures, are here to stay. Many play an important role in pest control themselves so exterminating them may simply cause a bug infestation of a different kind. Even potentially dangerous spiders such as the black widow can live in relative harmony with man and help to control house flies, fruit flies and other insects around the home.
Screens on doors and windows are not ground-breaking information. Investing in screens will keep out flies, mosquitoes and night flying insects such as moths. Make sure vents are screened as well.
Keeping a home clean with fresh, natural products is one of the easiest ways of controlling pests in the home. Do not leave food or dirty dishes lying around. Clean food preparation areas thoroughly and be sure to clean under stoves, refrigerators and behind counters regularly.
Certain herbs and plants have repellent properties. Using essential oils made from these herbs and plants can work effectively to repel insects. For example khakibos is a weed found in South America and Africa and works well to repel ticks, fleas and flies. Lavender essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil and citronella oil keep mosquitoes at bay. Planting citronella grass and marigolds around a home under windows can work very effectively in repelling mosquitoes.
Mosquito nets and/or the use of an oscillating fan at night works well to keep mosquitoes away without using harmful, chemical based products on the skin. Lighting a citronella candle and applying some citronella oil or lavender essential oil will allow for a peaceful, mosquito free evening outside.
Wearing gloves when working in the garden or cleaning up outside will keep the risk of spider bites down. Keep shrubs, grass and weeds cut low around a house. Hosing down areas under eaves will keep spiders from nesting in these areas while sweeping in corners of walls, ceilings and bookshelves will do the same.
Caulking cracks eliminates insect hiding places and traps such as pheromone, flypapers or light traps can be used in pest control without resorting to the use of dangerous chemical based pesticides. Many insects are attracted to moisture - make sure taps do not drip and any leaky pipes are repaired.
Least Toxic Home Pest Control by Dan Stein, published by Book Publishing company, second edition, pages 16 - 21.
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.