There are numerous steps that you can nontoxic methods and products available to eliminate pests. Here are a few suggestions.
There are many kinds of traps available that target many kinds of pests. Some examples are sticky traps for cockroaches, glue boards for mice, flypaper, bug zappers, and traps specifically for rats, gophers, or moles.
Pheromones, essentially insect scent hormones, can be used in traps as bait. By emitting the scent of the female insect, pheromones can be used to lure males into a trap, where they are caught in sticky glue. Insects are only attracted by pheromones emitted by their own kind, so you need to know exactly what kind of insects you're trying to eliminate and plan accordingly.
There are nontoxic repellents available for pest control. Mosquito repellents are the most popular, but if you look around, you can find repellents that target other pests. Some herbs, like eucalyptus and wormwood, are known for repelling animals and insects.
Biological control is more often used in agriculture but can sometimes be used in home and garden situations as well. Basically it means using desirable organisms to eliminate undesirable organisms. For instance, planting certain plants in your garden can deter certain pests. For example, spearmint repels ants. Garlic repels Japanese Beetles. Indoors, spiders eat fruit flies and houseflies, so it may be worth leaving some of those webs around.
If pests are getting the better of you in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts