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Organic Pest Control

written by: Laura Jean Karr•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 2/10/2010

Organic pest control options are more prevalent than ever. From making your own at home to purchasing the best organic pest control products in the market, we now have alternatives to the commercial chemicals that have been poisoning our bodies, our homes and our environment.

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    The Problems With Chemical Pesticides

    Using chemical pest control methods can harm both the environment and our health. Chemical pesticides have been linked as contributing factors to such diseases as lymphoma and encephalitis. In the environment run off from yards that have been treated with pesticides cause the demise of plant life, fresh water and certain species of wild life. Our legal system has started to take measures to control the chemical toxicity of some commercial pesticides but that has not lowered to the use of such chemicals in mass use.

    Alternative Options

    You as a consumer have options other than reaching for commercial pesticides to control your pest problems. There are organic and safe ways that you can make your own pest control at home. There are some companies that have started to make and market over the counter organic pesticides that you can buy from the store or order online. There are even certain types of plants that you can set up in your home or garden to organically control your pest problems.

    From sprays to vegetable and plant cuttings here are some organic steps that you can take on your own to help control those pesky pests. The following is listed by pest to help breakdown the information.

    Ants:

    • Spray them with some soapy water.
    • Leave some bitter cucumber peels around the kitchen, ants do not like bitter cucumber and the more bitter that you can get the better.
    • Leave either mint tea bags or crush up some mint leaves around where the ants are, they dislike mint as much as the cucumber.
    • Create a line of either cayenne pepper, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds at the point of entry and the ants will not cross it.

    Cockroaches:

    • Make a Catnip tea and spray in the areas of roach activity. You can also make little sachets of dried catnip to place around the house.
    • Soak some bread in beer, place the bread in empty coffee cans around the areas where there are the most roaches.
    • Diced up some bay leaves, garlic and cucumber slices and sprinkle around the roach entry points.
    • Leave a hedge-apple, which is the fruit of the Osage orange tree in each room of the house.

    Mosquitoes:

    • When outside, burn some sage and rosemary to repel them.
    • Mix one part garlic with five parts water and spray on body. For added protecting, soak cloth strips in the mixture and hang around the patio, porch and entry ways of the home.
    • Plant marigold around the house, this will help with all types of flying insects.

    Fleas:

    • Cut a lemon in half, score the rind and pour a cup of boiling water over it. Let the lemon and water sit over night. Use a rag to dab the mixture on your dog in the morning.
    • Put some soapy water in a dish and place under a lamp, the fleas will jump in and won't be able to get back out.
    • Add a little bit of brewer's yeast and garlic to your dogs food and for your cat add a little bit of apple cider vinegar.
    • Plant some Flea-bane around the house, or pot them and bring the plants.
    • Grind done some rosemary and sprinkle it on your pets and around the house.

    The over counter solutions for organic pest control is on the rise. Organic pest products are becoming easier to find as the green movement grows in popularity and acceptability. The following are some links to the most effective organic products for pest control and environmental safety.

    Arbico Organics: Natural Insecticides