Organic Pest Control

Organic Pest Control

Lately I have been experimenting with organic pest control methods not only around the home but in my worm composting bins as well.

I have found that many state one or another type of organic pest control to use however most do not work.

On the other hand I have used some organic and natural products with much success.

If you have an issue with mice or other rodents, hold off from buying baits, messy traps or even glue traps.

First off baits which poison mice and rodents are also poisonous to humans, pets, water supplies…

The way most baits work is to basically dehydrate the rodent, hence making them go look for water.

Many times the rodents become too weak or disillusioned and do not find themselves outdoors but rather stuck within the walls of your home.

Once they begin to decay the odor is something you can do without!

The organic method for mice and rodent pest control that is truly amazing is peppermint oil.

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I am not referring to peppermint extract used in baking which is usually less than 1/10 of a percent of peppermint oil, but rather pure peppermint oil which can usually be found at health food stores.

I personally tried this on my own home earlier this summer. I began hearing some noises at night then noticed mice droppings.

Locating the source, I found them in the crawl space and in the heating ducts.

I placed the peppermint oil on some cotton balls and placed them under the house in the crawl space as well as in some of the duct work.

I proceeded to add some around in the rooms I had seen the droppings.

Literally within 24 hours the mice were gone and the house smelled great!

The reason that this organic pest control method is so effective is that the smell for one is too strong for many rodents and others such as mice are allergic to peppermint.

After four months, we still have no further issues with rodents.

Another organic pest control method for many bugs including bedbugs which have made news of lately due to some large name stores finding them is freshwater, Diatomaceous Earth, food grade.

Do NOT use the pool filter grade as this can be harmful to you and your pests.

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is an amazing product which is mined from mother earth.

There are various brand names, the two larger ones Perma-Guard and Celatom.

After much research, I began using the Celatom AFA, Codex food grade Diatomaceous Earth since the published analysis of each show the Celatom is more pure than the Perma-Guard brand.

The Celatom brand is also pH neutral while the Perm-Guard is alkaline, which is important for my worm bins.

As for what pests can be organically exterminated, Ants, fire ants, caterpillars, cut worms, army worms, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, snails, spiders, termites, scorpions, silverfish, lice, mites, flies, centipedes, earwigs, slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles (grub stage), bed bugs, fruit flies, corn earworm, cucumber beetles, corn borer, sting bugs, squash vine borers, etc.

The Diatomaceous Earth dehydrates these pests. By absorbing the sensitive moisture balance from the pest’s body and causing them to die hence this is not an immediate organic pest control however is very effective.

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Being I live in a wooded area, the dogs easily pick up fleas and ticks.

One of our dogs is sensitive to any chemicals for flea and tick treatments. I have not found any more fleas or ticks on the dogs as of lately.

I also use as a pest control in my worm bins, however dusting only when the worms are hunkered down in the bedding.

You do NOT want to dust the worms directly. This works on a major summer time problem of fungus gnats and flies in the adult stage when applied directly on them.

The larvae are usually too far below the service to be impacted directly.

By controlling the adult population you can eliminate the problem.

As an additional defense a strip of fly paper on the lid of the bin will assist in removing the adult population.

One problem remained in one of my worm farm bins was the invasion of a few crickets. Once they got in they could not escape due to the design of the overhanging edge around the top of the worm bin.

The Diatomaceous Earth was either not effective or very slow to work on them. Hence I proceeded with plan two.

Now many folks use Dawn liquid dish detergent to make an insecticidal soap. Keep in mind Dawn and other dish liquids are detergents and not soap, hence can cause damage on plants…

I used 2 teaspoons of liquid Dawn to one gallon of water.

Applied to the top of the worm bedding material, while the worms were burrowed down below the surface, worked well.

The mixture will affect the worms if too much is applied, hence only a slight misting. The next morning the crickets were all dead.

I would recommend using an organic soap rather than the dawn detergent as it can be safer on worms and your plants.

Hope these organic pest control methods are helpful in your worm vermiculture as well as around your home, keeping both you and your pets safe!

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