The following is a guest post from John S. The author’s thoughts are their own and are not in direct conjunction/affiliation with Safer® brand. We invite guest posts regarding organic gardening tips and techniques. Simply submit your guest post for consideration! Happy Gardening!!!
Location: Norcross, GA
There are some people that might have concerns about using certain pesticides especially inside or near the home. Many organic solutions have become popular for personal diet’s but there are also organic pest control options that you can use, some can even be home made, saving you money, but there are more reliable commercial products available that you can use.
The first and primary earth friendly pest control product to use is diatomaceous earth, this is one of the best, most flexible, non-toxic and eco-friendly products available for you to use. It can be mixed with planting or garden soil to inhibit insects from moving in it and from flies breeding in manure.
Diatomaceous earth works through ‘mechanical’ means, this means it doesn’t work against insects through chemicals, it only ‘cuts’ the bodies of insects, when it does this it destroys a protective layer on the insect’s body that helps to preserve moisture in their bodies but if this layer is cut or disrupted then the insects will easily and quickly dry out. This will affect many different insects; from roaches to bed bugs nearly all small insects will be treated by this organic pest control product.
Diatomaceous earth originates from a tiny fossil of plentiful sea life, this makes it a renewable resource as well, when it is ground down it becomes a razor sharp on a small scale, it’s too small to cut human hands (always follow directions and keep it away from your face and eyes while you use it.) you can also use it in a duster so you can more easily dust cracks, nooks and large areas. You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth on surfaces and around your home’s foundation, this will make a perimeter defense for your home. It can be sprinkled over your garden, it won’t harm plants but insects will be controlled.
There are also methods and guides available online to help you mix your very own home made organic pest control herbicides. With hot water and vinegar, you can also use boiling hot water itself that can be sprayed on the leaves of plants that you want to remove from your property.
John S. can be reached at his website http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/