Pests can be a huge problem for both the home and for businesses. They can invade your home and destroy your gardens, even becoming a serious health and safety concern when it comes to commercial premises.
Most efficient and fast working solutions are full of toxic chemicals that can be harmful to the surrounding areas of your home or business. However, there are plenty of eco-friendly pest control solutions out there for those conscious of their surroundings and wanting to choose a better way to control pests.
CATCH & RELEASE
It sounds like a very simple solution and the reality is, it can be depending on the pest you’re dealing with. Here are some tips that could help with catching critters.
- For large pests, like squirrels and rats, use a spring-loaded cage to catch them in the act.
- Medium pests, like mice, can be caught with traps that look like small houses.
- Much smaller critters, like fruit flies, can easily be caught by placing some ripe fruit, a little bit of water, and some vinegar in a bowl and cover it with cling wrap. Poke holes in the cling wrap with a toothpick so they can get in but can’t get out. Then take the bowl outside and remove the wrap.
USE TRAPS INSTEAD OF CHEMICALS
There is nothing healthy about putting poison down to catch rats and mice around your home and garden, especially if there are children around. You can now get humane traps that mean you can again release the rodent away from your property.
Sticky traps are perfect for insects, especially flying insects in the summer. You can purchase them almost everywhere, or make your own using banana peel in a jar.
DETERRENTS AND BARRIERS
According to the RSPCA you can eliminate pests by creating deterrents and barriers in your garden.
‘any potential garden pests are sensitive to specific features. Slugs for example do not like copper piping or the sharp edges of eggshells so surrounding plants with such materials may keep many species away. Other methods to keep pests away are plastic bottles and straw around the base of plants.’