Creating a Pesticide Free Home with 7 Inexpensive and Natural Bug Control Methods

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After writing the previous article covering the impact of pesticides on the human body according to scientists, I thought it only fair to follow up with a post showing just how easy it can be to avoid using pesticides in the home.wpa199a0c9_05_06


Natural pest control is a huge step towards sustainable living. These options are inexpensive, take minutes to put together and best of all will keep your home free from one area of particularly nasty chemicals. To remind you of why this is essential take a look at the following list:

  • Pesticides have been linked to brain damage, endocrine disruption, damage to immune system, several types of cancer, lymphoma, Parkinson’s, infertility, miscarriage and birth defects amongst others.
  • Pesticides usually kill beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies which are an essential part of our eco-system’s pollination process. Read this article for more on the plight of pollinators.
  • Pesticides annihilate the main food source for many birds and amphibians.

It is also important to remember that most of the bugs that we encounter are not dangerous. If we are honest, they are usually just an irritation. I do not deny that some are VERY irritating – droning mosquitos which leave you itchy for days is the one that comes to mind – but where possible, exterminating them should not be our first choice. We need these insects whether we like it or not. They are an essential part of our ecosystem. Destroying them will ultimately destroy our food chain.

1. Prevention

Pest control must start with prevention. There are simple steps that you can take to greatly reduce the number of bugs that trespass onto your territory!

Courtesy - Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy – Wikimedia Commons

Clean up! – Hygiene plays a bit part in the fight against mini beast  invaders at home. It is simple, get rid of anything that will attract insects. Dripping or worse still, standing water, dirty dishes, greasy countertops, filthy garbage cans (inside and outside) and pet food on the floor are serious offenders for luring insects. Hygiene plays a bit part in the fight against mini beast  invaders at home.

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  1. You sir are a true friend to humanity and to the new world we are creating. Thank you for all of your helpful information. xox. Hugs!

  2. Thank you very much for all the good work that you do. 🙂

    Question: Will the sugary insect traps also entice bees?

    I love this site!

    1. Hi Venus,

      I think it would, although Bees are not really intended to be trapped. They tend not to be aggressive like wasps and will only sting if they have absolutely no alternative. Hope this helps. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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