Savvy Swaps: All Natural Pest Control For Home
In honor of Earth Day, we’ve teamed up with EarthKind’s Stay Away for this post on Natural Pest Control for home. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible for Root + Revel to provide free content and healthy living inspiration.
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Indoor Natural Pest Control for your Home
Happy Earth Day!! If ever there was a more appropriate holiday to celebrate on Root + Revel, Earth Day would be it.
And I have to think it’s no coincidence that Earth Day falls in April, in the peak of Spring time when everyone is in full on Spring cleaning mode.
Of course one of the biggest industries that needs to be cleaned up is, ironically, the cleaning industry–we’ve talked before about how harmful and toxic most store-bought cleaning products are and why it’s so much better, easier, cheaper and fun to make your own cleaning products.
But Spring cleaning doesn’t stop with wiping and scrubbing and dusting and mopping. It doesn’t even stop with cleaning out your fridge or organizing your pantry, two of my personal favorite activities to do on a near weekly basis (what, no, I’m not OCD!).
No, Spring cleaning is also a great time to inspect your home for signs of pest infestation and to take a few extra steps to keep your home pest-free throughout the year.
And lucky us, there’s finally a safe, effective and all natural pest control solution that doesn’t require toxic chemicals or poisons, inhumane and unnecessary killing or even much effort at all.
Thanks to EarthKind’s Stay Away natural pest prevention products (they’ve got everything from rodent repellents to pest control for ants, spiders, moths and beetles), you can quickly and naturally repel pests from your home and ensure pests literally stay away, while at the same time protecting yourself, your loved ones, and the environment. Happy Earth Day indeed!
how to get rid of ants naturally
I know I was personally a bit skeptical when I first heard about all natural pest control–I was used to the modern sprays, baits, traps and poisons we’ve used for years to kill pests.
But when we had an ant infestation in our bathroom last year (where we keep the cats’ food), I tried their Stay Away Ants pouches and within a matter of days, ALL of the ants were gone!
And, as an added bonus, my bathroom smelled amazing! That’s because Stay Away Ants is made with Lemongrass, Peppermint and Thyme essential oils, which emit a scent that smells fresh and clean to people, but is offensive to super-sensitive ants.
Simply place the pouches where food particles are present, such as kitchens, pantries and cupboards, and watch as your ant invaders disappear. I saw results with just one pouch, but you can increase the number of pouches until your desired results are obtained. And then simply replace when the scent has diminished, typically within 30-60 days. *Note: you can even buy these handy pouch pods from EarthKind to keep your house looking beautiful.
The other great thing about Stay Away Ants–you don’t have to kill any ants or introduce toxic chemicals into your home. One of the most common ant repellant chemicals is boric acid–a controversial chemical that is ranked by the EWG anywhere from C to F depending on concentration and usage and has clear evidence of endocrine disruption in at least one animal study.
WHY USE NATURAL PEST CONTROL
Ant sprays aren’t the only pest control with toxic side effects. In fact, conventional pesticides (including indoor pesticides for home use) contain toxic ingredients that can, according to the EPA, affect the nervous system, cause skin and eye irritation, affect hormones and the endocrine system, and cause cancer.
According to Beyond Pesticides, the most common diseases from pesticides include asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and several types of cancer.
It’s no wonder “are pest control chemicals harmful?” and “are pest control chemicals safe?” are some of the top Google searches when it comes to pests. Conventional pest control is absolutely a hazard to humans.
PEST CONTROL WITHOUT KILLING OR CHEMICALS
And many of these pesticides aren’t just bad for you, they’re also bad for the environment. Consider rat poison, which is perhaps one of the most inhumane forms of pest control there is.
According to Grist.org: “The most popular formulas use anticoagulants, which make rodents slowly bleed to death internally. (The alternatives, such as nerve toxins and killer stomach gases, are no picnic, either.) And rats have a tendency to crawl somewhere inaccessible before they expire, then stink up your home in a kind of posthumous revenge. Rat poison is also highly toxic to more than rats — it’s dangerous for curious kiddos and pets, too.”
And lest you think the damage stops there. If those rats then get out into the environment, the owls, hawks, foxes, and bobcats that eat those rats will then also die.
Most traps aren’t exactly humane either, nor are chemicals like Bromadiolone, Methyl bromide, Warfarin safe. (source)
Instead, try Stay Away Rodent. Made with Balsam Fir Oil, these pouches repel rats and mice with odor that is offensive to rodents, but pleasant to humans.
How? For thousands of years, balsam fir trees have built up a resistance to rodents eating their bark, making it an extremely effective, and safe ingredient. It can be used to repel rodents from mouse-prone indoor areas, such as attics, pantries, basements and garages, and in enclosed spaces like cars, for up to 30 days.
NATURAL PEST CONTROL METHODS FOR MOTHS
I know when you have pests in your home, you just want to do whatever you can to get rid of them. I get it–but isn’t is reassuring to know there’s a better way than filling your home with poison?
Take moths, for example. If you’ve ever been infested with pantry moths, you know how awful and destructive these critters can be.
Pantry moths can lay several hundred eggs, which then hatch, feed, and infest the other food, particularly flour, whole grains, crackers, peas, beans, nuts, dried fruit, spices and even pet food.
But chemicals in common moth poisons often include Chlorfenapyr and Deltamethrin, which can cause endocrine disruption, kidney and liver damage and are toxic to birds, fish and aquatic life, and bees (source).
And moth balls are even worse. Made with extremely dangerous petroleum-based chemicals like naphthalene or p-dichlorobenzene–that’s what gives that familiar smell in closets, chests, and clothes storage areas–that cause a range of short and long-term health effects, including cancer, blood, kidney, and liver effects.
No wonder product labels often state “avoid prolonged breathing of vapors”. Of course, that’s impossible, since the vapors can fill your home when used indoors, especially when placed in areas with poor ventilation, like closets.
Plus, these vapors build up to high concentraions where they are absorbed, not only by clothes, but by beds, sofas and other textiles in the room, resulting in greater risks for indirect exposures. (source)
Fortunately, Stay Away’s got you covered once again! Made with Geraniol, Geranium and Cedar, Stay Away Moths emit a scent pleasant to people, but offensive to moths.
Simply place one pouch anywhere clothes or linens are stored, such as drawers, chests and closets, increasing the number of pouches until desired results are obtained. Replace when scent has diminished, typically within 30-60 days.
DIY PEST CONTROL FOR SPIDERS
And finally, spiders. Perhaps the scariest of pests, but also, ironically, the least harmful. Look, I’m not exactly inviting spiders into my home, but the truth is most spiders pose no threat to humans. Even the most dangerous spiders in the U.S. are not aggressive and generally only bite when provoked.
Plus, spiders are actually beneficial biological control agents, preying upon a vast number of insect pests….so they’re actually one of the best sources of natural pest control. As are simple tasks like vacuuming and sweeping. (source)
That being said, if you have an undesirable amount or kind of spiders in your home, I get that you want them gone.
Go for Stay Away Spiders–made with Citronella, Lemongrass and Rosemary, these pouches disrupt a spider’s sophisticated senses, keeping them out of treated areas with a scent pleasant to people, but offensive to spiders. Use one pouch anywhere webs or spiders are noticed, such as basements, closets and attics, increasing the number of pouches until desired results are obtained. Replace when scent has diminished, typically within 30-60 days.
NATURAL PEST CONTROL GIVEAWAY
I hope you’ve been convinced to switch to more safe, natural and humane forms of pest control, whether you’ve got ants, mice, spiders or moths. And that you’ll seek out similar nontoxic pest control products if you find roaches, bed bugs, insects, fruit flies, termites or fleas. They do exist!
It’s amazing how powerful nontoxic exterminators can be! See for yourself by entering the giveaway below:
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Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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