In the last few decades, there has been a significant paradigm shift in the pest control industry. No longer do we see a strong push from the chemical manufacturers for a panacea product that can target all types of pests. In our day and age there is a proliferation of specific pest control products for specific pests. Due to this specialization in product development, there are a plethora of pesticides on the market today. But many homeowners have some concerns about the numerous amounts of potential toxins that these pest control products contain and the threat said toxins might pose to their homes if they are used.
When used as directed and following the proper precautions, using conventional pest control products is safe and efficient. Regardless, there will always be objections and lucky for those objectors there are options for you too! For you see, there has been more than one paradigm shift in the industry. Now we have a wide variety of natural pest control offerings to choose from. Natural pest control options are now just as readily available to the public as regular pest control. Natural pest control products are organic and less toxic than conventional methods. Though be warned, just like conventional products, you must follow all directions and precautions.
One of the first natural pest control products ever introduced into the market was Diatomaceous Earth. This is definitely one of the best pest control products if your goal is to only use non-toxic methods for dealing with your pest problems. This dirt-like substance is unique in its design in that it is a mechanical killer, kind of like a rat trap, but only much smaller. The idea behind diatomaceous earth use is simple. One sprinkles DE around areas infested with the insects you want to eliminate and you wait for said pest to come out to find food. When the pests find themselves walking on the DE, it is all over. The fine powder that is DE absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Following the dehydration of the now weakened exoskeletons; diatomaceous earth acts very similarly to broken glass shards, only on a microscopic scale. The DE slice and dice the insects as they tread on it, thus leaving your insect friends lacerated and dying of mortal wounds shortly thereafter.
One of the truly remarkable things about diatomaceous earth is that it can be used on a variety of pests. Slugs, ants, roaches, spiders, silverfish, fleas, beetles and bed bugs are just a few of the victims that this natural pest control method can wreak havoc on. Though diatomaceous earth is lethal to insects, it is completely harmless to humans and pets alike. The one disadvantage to this product is its nature of use, it needs to be applied virtually everywhere an insect can get into, this is about every crack and cranny around your home! Still, it has been proven to be very effective for ant control. Despite this it is non-toxic to humans but should still be used with caution and should be used with eye wear designed to protect your eyes from dust.
Luis Alberto Simauchi Jr. is an enthusiast of all things sustainable pest control. He works for Do My Own Pest Control and takes a particular interest in green and sustainable methods of pest control.