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8 Pet-Safe Pest Control Products

When you choose products to rid your yard and home of pests, keep the health of your family and pets in mind.

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Pet-Safe and Pest-Free

When purchasing products to rid your home and yard of pests, always read labels and ingredient lists, and use products that do not contain harmful chemicals or other toxic ingredients. DEET, used in many pest control products, can be dangerous to pets, as can metaldehydein, found in some slug, snail and rodent control products. The following products repel insects, mammals and other critters you don’t like, while posing no danger to your beloved pets.

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Diatomaceous Earth

This powdery, pet-safe substance is made from fossils called diatoms. Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth wherever you see signs of unwanted insects like bedbugs, roaches or fleas. Insects with exoskeletons dehydrate when coming in contact with diatomaceous earth, but pets are not harmed by it. It’s sometimes used to prevent internal parasites, or dusted into a pet’s fur for treatment against fleas.

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Fly Paper

Sticky fly traps attract and catch flying insects like houseflies and gnats. These traps are non-toxic and placed on a window where flying insects hang out, but up and away from your pets.

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Deer, Rabbit and Snake Repellent

This product, made from natural organic ingredients, smells bad to the animals you don’t want eating your plants and hanging out in your yard. But you can’t smell it, and it won’t harm your pets.

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Microscopic nematodes (Steinernema feltiae) feast on cutworms, grubs and other lawn ruiners, but are harmless to humans and pets. Instead of using potentially harmful chemicals, spray or sprinkle this earth friendly product with nematodes on the soil to eliminate insects.

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Pet-Safe Plants

Many plants can be used to repel gnawing insects from vegetable and flower gardens. Lavender and lemon balm are pet-friendly plants mosquitoes loathe. Oregano contains carvacrol, a natural insect repellent, and basil is an aromatic fly deterrent.

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Two Cents

No one knows for sure why this folk remedy keeps flies away, but it works. Place a few pennies in a clear food storage bag filled with water and hang on the porch and other places where flies gather. Make sure the bags are secure so pets can’t swallow the pennies.

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The Power of Citrus

Citrus oil extracts are eco- and pollinator-friendly and safe to use around people and pets. But they are deadly to ants, roaches, palmetto bugs, fleas, silverfish and many other insects. You can safely spray your home or garden’s perimeter with citrus extract products to eliminate these bugs.

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Repel Without a Sound

Ultrasonic pest repellers are surprisingly effective. Use specific frequencies to repel mice, squirrels and other pests from your home without harming people or pets. Skeptical? Almost three-quarters of its 1,600-plus reviews on Amazon give it four or five stars.

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Rosie Wolf Williams
Rosie Wolf Williams is a Vermont-based writer with credits in business profiles, veterinary and agriculture, natural health, general interest, automotive, hardware, DIY, innovation and trends. Her work has appeared in USA Weekend, Energy Times, Costco Connection, Next Avenue, and many other local and national publications. She is the author of "The Thought of You: The Art of Being Alive!" and is an award-winning speaker.