How to Eliminate Pest in an Ecofriendly Way
4 Natural and Free Ways to Eliminate Pests
We are all concerned with the impact of pesticides, not only on the environment but also on the human race. The stories of 2 headed fish, frogs with extra legs and reptiles who carry both male and female reproductive parts have us all concerned about the impact of pesticides. No one wants to wake up one morning only to find that their vision has improved with the addition of a third eye growing out of their forehead.
The following tips are not for the faint of heart, but were instrumental in eliminating pests from my home. Actually, some may consider these methods worse than the pests they are trying to eliminate. If you are not squeamish you may give these methods a try. They were effective in creating a pest free home.
Growing up, my Dad was adamant that we not disturb the spiders that took up residence on our porch. He insisted the spider webs worked better than fly catchers. At that time he was the only one in our house to believe that spider webs could be used a biocontrol. However, now that I am a homeowner myself, I have come to appreciate this environmentally friendly way to get rid of pests.
Most people have a negative reaction to spiders but they are a wonderful way to control the insect populations. Spiders are predators that consume a multitude of insects. Some build intricate webs to catch their pray, while others simply wait to pounce on a tasty insect.
Don’t be afraid to leave those webs up. It may even cut down on the time spent decorating your porch for Halloween.
Problem: Small Rodents
Solution: Black Rat Snakes
I used to have a small rodent problem at my house…until I didn’t. I was quite happy to be done with the rodents and didn’t give much thought to what had solved my problem. I assumed they liked my neighbor’s house better. That was until I was enjoying a cup of coffee on the back patio and noticed the grass moving in a slithery sort of way. Yes, it was black snake. Apparently, he had taken up residence in the crawl space under my house. That explained my lack of rodents that had plagued my house in the past.
Many non-venomous snakes are constrictors that will consume small rodents. If you can get past an instinctive fear of snakes they really aren’t too bad to have around. There could be worse things living under your house.
At one point my yard was plagued with ant hills that were filled with irritating Fire Ants. Over time the hills began to mysteriously disappear and my shrubs were inexplicably uprooted.
I had been suspicious that a creature of some sort was living under my front porch. I was however reluctant to explore that dark space under the porch to identify the creature. It could have been a snake! The mystery was solved when I came home late one night and saw an armadillo strolling out from under my porch. I now had an explanation for the uprooted shrubs and the disappearance of ant hills from my yard. Armadillos love ants.
Armadillos like to dig for their food and will eat just about anything: plant or animal. They do have the potential to cause damage to landscaping when rooting around for ants. Additionally, Armadillos can carry the bacterium that causes leprosy, salmonella, the rabies virus and also tape worms. You know, forget about the armadillo. If one takes up residence under your porch, just call animal control.
Problem: More insects
Solution: Frogs and Lizards
If you have more insects than the spiders can handle alone, get a frog or lizard. Who doesn’t love a cute little frog or lizard? They love to eat lots of insects. On the plus side, these natural predators won’t freak out your friends and family if they see them around your house.
The natural pest control methods listed above may not be for the average home owner, but they can be effective. You can save money and keep chemicals out of the environment by relying on natural predator-prey relationships.