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Pests can be frustrating and destructive at the same time. Not to mention gross. However, for those in agriculture, it means losing business and constant application of harmful pesticides. For that reason, it is critical that you know about other types of pest control methods — safer ones.
While some of these methods are more effective than others, these DIY Pest Control Methods are all less harmful to humans than traditional pesticides.
DIY Pest Control Method 1: Biological Pest Control
In case you skipped biology class, the term biological refers to a living organism. By introducing the right kind of predator, you can reduce the number of pests by scaring them away. This means not necessarily killing every last one of them — it’s actually pretty humane. The DIY pest control method dates as far back as ancient Egypt where the inhabitants used cats to control the rodent population. People have also used ferrets to catch mice and mongooses to control snakes.
However, you have to make sure this is controlled or they could destroy unintended things. This is because the predators introduced might not have other predators preying on them in the same area.
Due to the dangers posed by this DIY pest control method, robotics has been developed with the aim of curing this problem in agricultural areas. On farms, robotics are used to scare away pests like rodents instead of killing them.
DIY Pest Control Method 2: Organic Pesticides
Okay, this may sound nasty, but you can use a natural pesticide made from animal urine and leaves to repel some pests. It’s a great deterrent plus as a bonus, it can also be a fertilizer. Yes!
Also, there are certain plants that naturally repel pests — things like rosemary, garlic, lavender, marigolds make bugs back off. These guys make great companion plants!
DIY Pest Control Method 3: Rotate Your Planting Areas
Do you have a favorite spot for your garden? You don’t want to use the same spot year after year for your plants. This encourages problems with your soil like soil-borne diseases. These diseases can live in old plant debris and soil for a few years so it’s best to try new planting spots as often as possible.
There are a few DIY pest control methods to get rid of these guys, but a lot of people prefer calling in the professionals to take care of the situation for you.
Pests can present a myriad of problems for gardeners and farmers, but the above DIY pest control methods can effectively keep a number of pests at bay. However, it is recommended that you call experts to help with inspection and extermination. There’s a reason they are called experts 😉
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.