Lowes has several non toxic ways to eliminate pests in your home. Whenever possible, you should consider natural non toxic solutions to chemicals. When using chemicals, look at the signal word, which will tell you the level of toxicity of the product.
All pesticides must be tested, registered and carry a label approved by the EPA. Despite agricultural use of pesticides, homeowners are still the number one users. Every registered pesticide will have the words CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER on the label, and reflects the level of toxicity of the product.
- CAUTION is the lowest in toxicity,
- WARNING indicates medium toxicity
- DANGER is found on the most toxic products.
Ready to rid your home of chemicals?
Non toxic alternatives to toxic pest control.
- Locate the source where the pests are coming in and eliminate that problem. Don’t leave food out, store dry food in tightly sealed containers and make sure trash is covered.
- Follow the trail that ants leave and spray with soapy water or vinegar. Use chili powder at the point of entry to create a barrier and prevent the ants from spreading.
- For termites, fleas, cockroaches, spiders, you can mop your floor with borax.
- For ticks and flies, you can spray garlic in your yard and on plants.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) a non toxic powder, around ants and bugs. It works great on many insects.
- For mosquitoes, try non toxic Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Boric acid and Orange Guard works great to get rid of ants without using chemicals.
- Bed Bugs. Try Diatomaceous earth. Wash bed linens and steam clean mattresses.
- EcoSmart Brand Bed Bug Killer to kill bed bugs and their eggs
- Moths. Clean fabrics prior to storing and keep in sealed containers.
- Cockroaches. Use glue traps.
- Apply boric acid and diatomaceous earth to areas where any pests are found.
- Chrysanthemum flowers help keep flying insects away.
- Fleas. Vacuum areas frequented by pets.
- Flies. Use indoor fly traps and sticky fly paper to manage pests inside your home.
- Mosquitoes. Citronella plants and candles are natural insect repellents.
- Non Toxic Mosquito Dunks kill larvae.
- Pantry Moths. Use the Pantry Pest Trap to trap meal moths and grain moths.
- Slugs & Snails. Pick up some Bug Geta at Lowes or try Sluggo Bait around gardens.
- Diatomaceous earth can create a barriers for slugs and snails..
- Insecticidal soap sprays are effective against mites, aphids and whiteflies.
Easy ways to control pests without chemicals
- Attract beneficial insects and birds.
- Attract insect eaters like bats, toads and lizards.
- Use plants to reduce insects
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is a chalky powder that is the natural fossilized remains of diatoms. These diatom particles are small and sharp, but microscopic size, and they are only harmful to the exoskeletons of small insects. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe you can sprinkle it throughout your house, around your vegetable patch, and even rub it into a pet’s fur for flea control. You can find diatomaceous earth at most Lowes stores and garden centers.
More Non Toxic Pest Control
Cucumber: place a few peels of cucumber at the entry point of invasion of the pest to repel ants. Works for cockroaches and silverfish too.
Mint leaves: scatter these in places of infestation to deter ants and flies.
Eucalyptus oil: drop some on cloth and place near areas of infestation of flies and moths.
Soapy water: If you want to kill an insect in your home,mix water and soap flakes (from Ivory soap) into a spray bottle. The soap breaks down the waxy exoskeleton and lets the water enter the bug and they drown.
Beneficial bugs, such as ladybugs, praying mantis, or lacewings all eat small insects. Many spiders are beneficial also and can be taken outside if you find them inside.
Insect traps use sticky glue, similar to fly paper. Bait traps lure the insects to the trap and should be set away from your home. Many bait traps can be used over again.
Birds, a birdbath and feeder for your feathered friends and let them eat the insects.
Try insect-repelling plants such as Citronella, Marigold and Lemongrass which repel many types of insects including mosquitoes. Plant around the outside of your house as a barrier. Lemongrass oil and catmint can also help.
By Victoria Stone