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Finding an alternative to household pesticides

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David Anthony. Writer and Publisher. Port Stephens, Australia
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There are safe and healthy ways to rid your home of bugs, spiders, insects, and rodents.



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Many people nowadays are aware of environmental impact and are also conscious of the need to eliminate pests while keeping their family and pets safe. Today we want to share some helpful information that's sure to keep away those unwanted tiny intruders.

Negatives of Chemical Pesticide Use
Chemical pesticides can cause all sorts of adverse reactions to families. According to a report from Mercola, even small exposure can impact the health of young minds.

The Mercola report goes on to say that women are also at increased risk, especially during pregnancy, where, along with infants, chemical exposure can lead to immune disorders, thyroid conditions, issues with the development of the nervous system, behavioural problems as well as liver and reproductive issues.

You don't want to endanger your children during their early development, so keeping chemicals away from them and yourself is essential.

Alternatives

Fortunately, you have many other options. Pest technologies that use electromagnetic signals have proven effective as a natural and safer means of removing or deterring pests.

Pest Free Pest Technologies supply a Pest Free Plugin product that will deter a number of pests without the need for chemicals. The unit operates by switching a coil across the Active and Neutral leads of an electrical supply wiring.

This produces short bursts of electro motive force at 50Hz, which feeds down the wiring effectively modulating the existing electromagnetic field created by the 50Hz supply at the frequency of these bursts, as the coil is switched on and off.

This kind of technology will not affect cats, dogs, birds, computers or the electricity flow in a building. It is family safe, environmentally responsible, and long term cost effective and maintenance free.

If you want to kill insects in your home including roaches, termites, and ants, you can use boric acid powder. While it's considered safe, you still don't want your pet or child eating it.



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Boric acid powder works by dehydrating the insects, which in turn kills them. Sprinkle this near where you see the pests, and they will take it and carry it back to the nest, sharing it with and killing the whole colony.

You also want to prevent the bugs on your animals like fleas and ticks, and this can include options such as cedar oil, fresh garlic (do some research as to the safe amount), and natural food-grade diatomaceous earth.

If you want to kill insects in your garden, there are also a few remedies.

Mineral oil mixed with water in a spray bottle is safe and dehydrates the insects as well as their eggs.
Humans shouldn't ingest too much of it only because it can cause digestive issues (i.e. be close to a bathroom).

Another is a mixture of soap, orange citrus oil, and water. This can be used for treating slugs, ants, and roaches, and can be sprayed directly on them.

The elimination of rodents can be achieved naturally too.

Of the many options, peppermint oil is one. Rodents don't like the strong smell, and it's easy enough to use. Saturate a cotton ball and place it where you usually see them; they will not come back

Just don't put it somewhere a pet or a child will eat it. Although it's generally safe, you still don't want them ingesting it.

You can also grow mint plants near the home, and they'll offer you both defence and food. Be careful with this ground plant, though, as mint will grow far and wide, and if you're not careful you'll have a lot of it.

Natural is the Way to Go

Natural remedies as pesticides are a proven way to go if you're trying to keep yourself and your family safe while keeping your house free of rodents and insects.

These remedies are not expensive at all (probably cheaper than the chemicals) and are an ideal solution. The best part being that you'll not have to worry about them causing issues when it comes to the health of those in your home, including your pet.

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