Banish Pests and Protect the Planet: 10 Nontoxic Pest Control Solutions That Really Work
Protect the environment with these eco-friendly pest control solutions. No toxic chemicals here!
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Fruit Fly Trap
We all love fresh fruit and it’s an essential element of any healthy diet, but we don’t love those pesky fruit flies that always seem to show up uninvited. Making a fruit fly trap from recycled bottles is a low-cost way to banish them. This kit contains two food-grade silicone funnels that fit most beer, soda or wine bottles. Put a little beer, wine or apple cider vinegar in the bottle and wait for the flies to get trapped. The funnels are washable and reusable.
If you’d rather have a permanent trap, this beautiful ceramic fruit fly trap would look superb on any kitchen countertop. It is also available in solid gray, turquoise and white. Of course, preventing infestations is the best way to control fruit flies. Here’s how.
Our favorite furry friends can often carry unwanted visitors, which can take up residence in bedding and carpets. This non-toxic, odorless trap is the ideal flea control solution, using heat and light to attract fleas from up to 30 feet away and super-strong glue to hold them once they’re caught. Removal is also quick and simple.
And while we love our dogs and cats, they can sometimes leave a grubby trail through the house. Here are some tips for pet owners for tackling those cleaning tasks effectively.
Slug and Snail Trap
Slugs and snails can munch their way through plants like there’s no tomorrow. Poisonous pellets and pest control products may kill them, but they also endanger other wildlife like birds and can linger in the soil. So an eco-friendly solution is a better option.
A tried and tested beer trap will attract dozens of the slimy scavengers and protect your precious plants from attack. This ceramic snail looks just like a garden ornament, but hides a shallow dish to hold beer. Once the slugs have fallen in, tip them away without the need to touch them. Hostas are prone to damage from slugs and snails, so once you’ve created a slug-free zone, choose some beautiful hostas to enhance your garden.
Bed Bug Trap
Just the thought of bed bugs makes you itch, doesn’t it? And infestations can be difficult to get rid of. So prevent the critters from taking up residence in the first place with these eco-friendly traps. These pest control traps are placed under bed or furniture legs and they’ll stop the bugs in their tracks. They even have non-slip pads to prevent scratches on your floor. And best of all, they contain no toxic chemicals or additives. Check out this additional information to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home.
Humane Rodent Trap
No one wants to share their home with mice, rats or other rodents. But you don’t necessarily want to kill them with chemicals or snap traps, either. So consider a humane trap that catches the animal safely, allowing you to release it well away from your home! This sturdy humane trap can be used indoors or outdoors and contains no dangerous chemicals or poisons, so it’s safe to be used around your children and pets. Just leave a delicious tidbit inside, wait for the rodent to appear, then release it unharmed in a safe place. Here are 12 rat myths you need to stop believing.
Non-Toxic Outdoor Pest Spray
Many pest control sprays contain powerful chemicals to kill flies, ants, beetles, cockroaches and more. So how do you spray against these invaders without leaving a toxic trail around your home? This eco-friendly spray contains naturally-derived ingredients that are biodegradable, making it safe to use around pets and kids, and it kills bugs and their larvae. It even avoids killing helpful bugs like ladybugs, bees and butterflies.
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UV Light Trap
Flying insects like gnats, mosquitoes and fruit flies are attracted to UV light, so a pest control trap that capitalizes on that is bound to be effective. This trap uses UV lighting and a fan to draw the bugs in and trap them on powerful sticky paper. Then they’re easy to dispose of. Plug the trap into a wall outlet or via USB. Until you buy a trap, here are a few tricks to get rid of mosquito bites.
Plug-In Pest Controller
Ultraviolet light is also a feature of this clever plug-in mosquito and fly trap. The light attracts the bugs and the fan sucks them in, making it safe and quiet when in use. The UV LED bulb never needs replacing, and the trap is effective for up to 500 square feet. This low-energy trap features a tray for collecting dead insects, making disposal clean and simple. LED bulbs are famed for their low energy consumption and long life, so take a look at our guide to choosing the best LED bulb for you.
Rechargeable Mosquito Zapper
Check out this bug zapper that looks space-agey and has eco-friendly credentials. This unit will work effectively for 18 hours on a three-hour charge (no more batteries!), and it utilizes safe UV lighting rather than toxic chemicals. It’s lightweight and affordable. Best of all it doubles as a powerful lantern, making it ideal for cabins and camping.
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Ultrasonic Solar-Powered Mole Repellent
No one wants unsightly molehills in their lawn, but getting rid of moles can be tricky. This ultrasonic mole repeller emits a high-frequency signal that deters moles without harming them or the environment. It also uses ground shocks and pulses as an added deterrent, yet it’s safe around humans and pets. The solar cell recharges every day to provide enough juice to power the device all night. Of course, you could try your own DIY solution, but read this cautionary tale first!