Natural pest control uses Mother Nature as an ally  

An increasing number of homeowners and gardeners are teaming up with Mother Nature to keep insect pests under control. Natural pest control can take many forms, but using natural pest control solutions typically involves encouraging nature to fight insects without using any harsh chemicals.

The growing interest in and increasing demand for less chemically intensive, natural and organic products has resulted in a dramatic increase in eco-friendly product choices. (A recent web search for “natural pest control” yielded 17.4 million results.)

Today there are traps that use natural pheromones lure insects that can infect food stored in pantries. Outdoors, bats can be encouraged to take up residence so they can feast on local mosquitoes. And pesky fungus gnats can be controlled with a natural bacterium called BTI.

 

Control food moths without using chemical pesticides

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GreenWay Food Moth Traps use natural pheromones to attract and trap food moths.

Insects can easily infest food storage areas, because insects are attracted to food. One of the most prevalent food pests is the pantry moth—a destructive insect that can quickly wreak havoc on any cupboard or pantry. When moths are found in a pantry, it is best to clean out the entire pantry, and any infested food should be discarded.

To keep pantry moths from coming back—and to keep them from infesting food in the first place, a natural pantry moth trap can be used to trap the insects. GreenWay Food Moth Traps

have a sticky surface that traps adult moths. Simply place the pheromone lure tablet in the middle of the sticky trap, and place the trap in a cupboard or pantry where food is stored. The trap will attract the moths, and they will die without the need for harmful chemical pesticides.

A box of GreenWay Food Moth Traps contains two traps and two lures and sells for $6.00 at www.greenwaytraps.com. Also available from GreenWay Traps are Fruit Fly Traps, Pantry Patrol Insect Traps (for food beetles), Clothes Moth Traps, Window Fly Traps, and Spider and Silverfish Traps. All GreenWay Traps are non-toxic, ready-to-use, long-lasting, and child and pet safe.

 

Attract natural predators that control mosquito populations

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Cedar Bat House from Lehman’s

When it comes to pest control, more and more homeowners are shunning harmful pesticides and instead turning to sustainable solutions. For mosquito and other insect control, bats simply can’t be beat, and installing a cedar bat house is often all it takes to attract these fascinating creatures.

Contrary to popular belief, native bats don’t bother humans or other animals. They’re only interested in catching dinner, and mosquitoes are on the menu. In fact, one bat can eat more than 500 mosquitoes in an hour, and a bat colony can consume more than 47,000 in a single night.

Made of weather resistant cedar wood, the Cedar Bat House by Lehman’s is a simple and functional bat house, proudly constructed by hand in Ohio. The Cedar Bat House and the resident bats it attracts are a great conversation piece that keeps the local bat population healthy and keeps the mosquitoes at bay. It’s available for $52.95 at www.lehmans.com, a site that specializes in simple products for sustainable living.

 

Kill fungus gnats with a biological pest control

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Summit Mosquito Bits

Fungus gnats can be a real pest when they infest potted plants, because controlling the tiny insects can be almost impossible once they get established. Fungus gnats lay eggs in the potting mix of houseplants and container plants. When the eggs hatch, the tiny larvae live in the moist potting soil. While still in the larval stage, fungus gnat maggots eat plant roots, thereby damaging the plants. Then the fungus gnat maggots become tiny black adults, which buzz around the plant whenever the container is moved.

But now there’s a new chemical-free way pest control method for dealing with pesky fungus gnats. Summit Mosquito Bits®, a popular biological control that kills mos­quito larvae, is also approved for the control of fungus gnats. The active ingredient in Mosquito Bits® is a biological larvacide called BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis). BTI is a naturally occurring bacterium that’s deadly to both mosquito larvae and fungus gnat larvae.

Just shake Mosquito Bits® granules onto the potting soil in houseplants and other container plants to control fungus gnats. Mosquito Bits® can also be mixed with potting soil prior to planting. When a plant is watered, the BTI is washed below the soil surface where the fungus gnat larvae live. When they feed on the BTI, they die. Mosquito Bits® are available at home centers, hardware stores, garden centers and online at www.summitresponsiblesolutions.com.

 

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