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.
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.
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.
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.
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.