Using Natural Pesticides

If you have an insect problem, but would like to protect Mother Earth, try using natural pesticides. Most of them use an eco- but not insect-friendly plant base and build upon that. Others use a form of boric acid or diatomaceous earth. Depending on what your pest control issue is, which of the natural pesticides you use will depend on the active ingredients in the base of the available products.

If you own a home or are getting ready to purchase one, you have probably had or will have, a termite inspection. Depending on what area of the country you live in, you may be more likely to deal with termite control issues than others. There are over 4,000 species of termites worldwide. However, only about 10% of them would be considered economically damaging. They not only eat wood, but paper, cloth and carpets. They cost the U.S. alone, over one billion dollars in damage annually. Not only to structures, in costs of insurance and such, but in damage to crops. There is current research being done on how using natural pesticides, both as a preventative measure and continual maintenance, will hopefully, eliminate the worst types of termites.

If you are building a new home or structure, one suggestion to help aid in termite control would be to use pretreated wood. Some people worry about toxins that may be present in pretreated wood, but still want to treat the wood before they build. A form of natural pesticides that you could use as a preventative measure would be BorActin. It is a dust form of pest control and it’s moisture resistant, which is great if you live in coastal areas.

If you have just discovered your termite problem, then you probably have a lot of questions. The first questions to ask are how big is this problem and how fast do I need to act? The next questions include: can I treat this problem myself, or do I have to hire a professional? Having a professional termite removal company treat your termite issue, may be the only answer if your problem is severe. If it’s a small issue and you’d prefer to use natural pesticides to treat the problem, then try Eco Exempt Ic2. It is a spray concentrate that you can use both inside and outside your home.

Other wood boring pests you may have an issue with are carpenter bees. Yes, not carpenter ants, but carpenter bees. You may notice some bees flying around your overhang or eves. Then you take a closer look and they aren’t honey bees, wasps or hornets. What in the heck are these things that look, and sound, like bees? Well, if it looks like a bee but lacks the yellow stripes and looks hairy like a bumble bee, then you most likely have carpenter bees. They too, like to bore into wood to build their nests. If you have susceptible wood, unpainted or unstained, or rotting wood, try to replace it or paint it. You will want to use Eco Pco WPX as a treatment and preventative maintenance. It is a wettable powder that you apply to the perimeter of you home and anywhere you have seen these bees.

Though most people usually head straight for the non-natural insecticides, there are very good natural pesticides available. Check with your local do-it-yourself pest control company to find out the best products to use in your area.