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Going Green: Family Friendly Pest Control Techniques

Taking care of our planet is one of our most important jobs we have, and when using pesticide around the home, it is crucial that we use “green” pest control or family friendly pest control techniques. Several people still have the idea that when it comes to pest control, they have to use harsh pesticides to control or eradicate pests in and around the home; however, that might not always be the case. Though there are some instances where pesticides need to be used, there are several other alternative green technologies that can be used to eradicate pests.

What is Green Pest Control?

Green pest control is using the least amount of harsh chemicals to get rid of pests. Instead of using harsh pesticides that kill all insects in the garden, green pest control involves using other methods that prevent pests from coming into the home or garden. Many pesticides contain harmful chemicals that are released into the air when they are used, and these chemicals can affect humans and case adverse health problems. Using green pest control techniques eliminates the problem of contaminating the environment and are safer to use.

Pest Control Techniques

There are several ways you can eradicate or get rid of pests without harming the environment. Whether the problem is with slugs in your garden or a snake in the pool, there are many eco-friendly ways to get rid of these pests. Here are some “green” family friendly pest control techniques you can use.

  • Natural Insect Repellent

If you are struggling to get rid of insects like mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches and fleas, you can use Cedar oil. This is a natural insect repellent and is safe on your skin. Use cedar oil to get rid of these insects in your home. Another option that is available is Citronella oil or candles, these are also good mosquito repellents and the candles can be use outdoors as well. Other natural insect repellents include Citrosa Geranium and Mosquito plant, both can be grown outside on the patio and will keep mosquitos away.

  • Solar Powered Repellents

Solar powered repellents are quite new but have proven to be effective in getting rid of moles and other animals. The unit is a spike with a solar powered panels on the top. The solar powered spike is buried in the ground and periodically sends out vibrations to frighten animals. There are different models to repel snakes, vermin and moles.

  • Trap and Release

Another “green” way of getting rid of pests is to trap and release them into the wild. There are various “no-kill” traps available that you can use to safely trap pests and have then relocated to the wild. However, you will need to make sure that they can survive at the place they are relocated to. Glue traps can also be used to trap prey in the home and garden and mineral oil can loosen the glue when you release the pests into the wild.

  • Wash

You can get rid of Aphids from plants by simply spraying them with a blast of water from your garden hose. Insecticidal soap or Neem oil is also very effective in getting rid of parasitic insects in your garden. Neem oil solution can be sprayed directly onto the plants and where there is insect infestation. Both neem oil and insecticide soap are safe for plants and for the environment.

  • Getting Rid of Termites

Termites alone cause more damage to homes than floods or fires. Orange oil is one of the green techniques that can be used to get rid of drywood termites in your home. It is the most effective way of getting rid of drywood termites as it is used to destroy the whole colony. Neem oil can also be used to get rid of termites in the home. You will need to apply the neem oil to the wood and as the termites ingest the oil it eradicates them. Both neem oil and orange oil are non-toxic to humans, pets and to the environment.

Using green pest control techniques is safer for the family and for the environment, and it is also effective in getting rid of pests in your home and garden.


John Thurston is  the owner of Total Pest Management and a content writer by profession. Pest control, pest management and home pest control are his topics of interest.

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