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Poison Patrol: Safer Home Pest Control Is Possible

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As we become more aware of how damaging pesticides are to the environment, traditional methods of pest control lose their appeal. Since our children are... The post Poison Patrol: Safer Home Pest Control Is Possible appeared first on My Green Home Blog .




 

 

As we become more aware of how damaging pesticides are to the environment, traditional methods of pest control lose their appeal. Since our children are part of that environment, it’s easy to understand why people want to depend on natural and non-toxic methods to eliminate pests. While all Eco-friendly methods of elimination may not be as effective or feature instantaneous results like the common chemical killers, we can evolve and deal with the problem in a safer way to all.

Seeing Roaches?

Few things send people running in the opposite direction faster than cockroaches. Not surprisingly, these disgusting insects carry many germs and diseases and pose a direct threat to developing respiratory systems. Children who grow up with roaches are much more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, however; pesticides are a much greater danger to them. The American Academy of Pediatrics now believes that chemical exposure in early childhood is directly responsible for cancers, neurological disorders and other serious medical conditions that later emerge.

Environmentally friendly pest control can work on roaches, as much as your professional exterminator may disagree. Sticky traps laid down near base boards and under sinks will catch them where they creep. Mixing baking soda with sugar forms a lethal lunch for roaches that won’t threaten your children or pets. Many public housing authorities throughout the United States have adopted non-poisonous methods of controlling these pets, such as New York, Chicago and Boston. This trend is fueled by the increasing awareness of how dangerous chemicals on the floors where our kids play can be. Clean regularly, never leave food or standing water around and be diligent in your use of Eco-friendly treatments that kill and deter the roaches in your home.

Smell a Rat?

As unpleasant as sharing your home with rodents can be, the poisons formulated for them are extremely dangerous to people and pets. Every year rat pesticide is responsible for thousands of calls to poison control centers and too many visits to emergency rooms, sometimes resulting in the ultimate tragedy.

Snap traps, when strategically placed under cabinets and along walls throughout the home can be completely successful in removing rodents. Baited with a strong-smelling and appealing nibble, like peanut butter or granola, traps will snag mice and rats without fail. Using too few of them is the primary reason most people don’t achieve their desired results, so be certain to lay down a sufficient quantity in areas away from traffic.

Termites Taking Over?

Termites occupy and consume the wood in your home, to the tune of billions in damage every year. Discovering them can cause panic and nightmares for homeowners, both literally and otherwise. Conventional termite control methods involve total fumigation of a structure, which can be as harmful to the environment as it is to the insects.

Although different types of termites may call for different types of treatment, organic methods of eradication have proven to be highly effective. Boric acid based compounds also have much lower toxicity levels, but will kill termites. It will also make the wood in your home less palatable, thus staving off a total infestation. If you have a porch, be sure this area is thoroughly treated during any termite control effort. Porches are the most problematic sections of homes and the ideal location for them to sink their collective teeth into.

Protecting the environment means finding new ways of solving old problems. Termites, roaches and rodents are big problems, but we must evolve in our methods of dealing with them. It makes the world more habitable for the human creatures, while protecting the fragile eco-system that sustains us.

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