With the weather warming up the pests begin to move in. The best time to come up with a strategy to keep your home free of annoying and invasive insects is right now.Not all insecticides are created the same. Each of them have strengths and weaknesses, and different applications they should or shouldn't be used for. When considering which product to use to protect your family it becomes more crucial to choose pet friendly insecticide when you have dogs, cats or other animals in your home. Luckily, with a little research you don't have to sacrifice whether you protect your home or your pets. You can do both!
When shopping for pest control products and pesticides, always check the labels and only use those that are guaranteed to be safe for use around pets. Follow application instructions carefully as many pet-safe products are only safe after the product has dried or when diluted.
Diatoms are microscopic plants and animals that grow on the sea floor. Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that can be sprinkled on your pet's bedding to keep unwanted insects away. Diatomaceous earth is safe for pets and will not harm them. It works by dehydrating the insects, and has even been used to kill parisites inside of pets!
Other ways that avoid chemicals entirely use stickiness, pheromones, soundwaves or electricity to repel or kill bugs. Insect paper or tape, mosquito zappers, pheromone traps, and ultrasonic bug repellents are all chemical-free options for pet-safe pest control.
Pests reproduce and thrive in our yards and homes because they are comfortable and prime spots for growth with little competition! Introducing some predators into the mix can help to keep pest populations low naturally and is safe for your animals.
Employ ladybugs to keep aphids away from your plants. Ladybugs will also eat mites, too.
Nematodes are a microscopic worm that can be harmful, but if you get the right kind and place them in your yard they will be powerful allies in your fight against fleas, ticks, ants and stink bugs.
Praying mantids are another beneficial insect that can be used to control harmful insects. These beautiful insects can eat hundreds of different kinds of insects in a lifetime.
Herb gardens can do wonders for naturally repelling pests, while being safe for pets and some even helpful in the kitchen. Some of the most common herbs that can repel insects are:
Create a safe and effective flea shampoo using 1 part Dawn dishwashing soap, 1 part white vinegar, and 2 parts warm water.
Combine 16 ounces of hot water with 3 tablespoons of Dawn dishwashing soap in a spray bottle and spray directly onto ants, ant colonies, and into anthills.
Create an effective mosquito trap using a saucer of maple syrup or a solution of brown sugar and water. Mosquitoes will be drawn to the sweet, sugary substance and will quickly become trapped.
Creating a fly trap can be done with some water hung in a container. The recipe for the liquid is:
Create natural bug-repelling sachets to place around the home by filling a small mesh bag with 1 tablespoon each of fresh or dried lavender, basil leaves, and peppermint.
If your pest problem isn't getting better or all of the tips above seem like a lot of work, it may be time to call in the professionals.Pet-friendly pest control is one of our specialities, but if you're not in the Virginia Beach area, keep on the look out for other professionals that emphasize environmentally and pet friendly safe procedures.