Eco-Friendly Pest Control For Your Home Garden

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by on March 13, 2013

DSC_1338These days it seems like everyone is going out of their way to adjust their lifestyles and homes to be more environmentally conscious. People that are renovating their kitchens more often choose energy efficient appliances, knowing that they are not just good for the planet but also worthwhile investments. Other people are getting rid of their gas guzzling SUVs and choosing to buy hybrid vehicles instead; and some are opting for no car at all, deciding instead to get around town on foot or bike. Still more people are buying organic foods, not just because they are tasty and healthy, but also because they leave a smaller carbon footprint than their conventional counterparts. If you enjoy gardening during the springtime and summer, you probably know that pests are a big part of the job. If you are an environmentalist, you might be wondering what your other options are besides toxic chemicals that will kill the critters, hurt the environment, and pose a danger to your own family and pets. Luckily, there are a lot of different solutions out there, depending on what kind of pest you are dealing with.

The first step in finding the rest pest control plan for your home garden is to figure out exactly what kind of pests you are dealing with. Every pest has a different solution, though some pests can certainly be dealt with simultaneously. By implementing an integrated pest management plan in place of resorting to the usual toxin filled and chemical options, you not only do what is best for you and your family, but also for the pests and the environment, too. This is because toxic chemicals in pesticides eventually make their way into chemical runoff which then gets into your local water sources. Don’t put anything in your garden that you would not want you, your family, your pets or your neighbors to drink in your water!

Solution Number One: Companion Planting

Companion planting is a great way to use nature’s own tendencies to your advantage. Companion planting refers to the practice of planting plants next to each other based on the kinds of pests they attract and using them to each other’s mutual benefit. For example, many experienced gardeners know to plant their tomato vines next to their dill plants. The dill plant attracts the braconid wasp, which takes care of the hornworms attracted by the tomato vines!

Solution Number Two: Electronic Pest Repellers

A lot of conventional pest control products keep away pests by poisoning them. But this not only is harmful to the animals – that are, after all, only following their basic instincts – it is also dangerous to the environment. Even worse, these products can be hazardous to pets and children who accidentally get exposed to them. Silent bird repellers keep away pigeons and other birds by emitting a high frequency noise meant to bother and confuse – but not actually harm – them. It is a low maintenance, high tech, safe, and effective way to deal with your pests. Repellers can also keep away mice, deer, moles, rabbits and rats.

Solution Number Three: Other Cool Gadgets

If you enjoy playing with new technology and gadgets, then good news: there are a lot of high tech pest control options that are fun, easy, and often inexpensive. The motto “there’s an app for that,” now applies to pest control too! You can use bug identification applications to figure out what bugs you have eating your plants. That will help you find the right solution. Not impressed? There are also apps that take the pest control into their own hands! Some even use sonic power to rid home gardens of rodents, mosquitoes and cockroaches. You can emit high frequency noises straight from your smartphone!

Guest Post Bio: Karen Miller writes about eco friendly pest control options and other eco friendly living tips for this website.


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