Pest Control

Pest Control Naturally

This is my local “eco-friendly, safe, natural, and nontoxic” full-service pest control company, but I’m sharing it with you because they have a lot of good information on how to control household pests yourself, and well-chosen safe pest control products. Look under “Tips & Tricks” and “Store” in the main menu.

Listen to my interview with Michael Piacenza, Owner, Certified Operator and K9 Handler of Advantage Pest Control

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I wish this site were called by it’s URL, which is “Living With Bugs.” I love that idea, to live with bugs in a harmonious way. It’s run by an extension entomologist for Oregon State University and it’s about about helping you manage the pest insects, mites, and spiders that are found around homes and gardens. “We always emphasize the safest and most effective approach to every pest control situation. Our information is research-based and draws on my 25 years of experience helping farmers and homeowners solve their pest problems. Over the years I have found that most insects and mites can be safely ignored because they pose very little threat to you or your home, in fact most are beneficial or at least not harmful!. A very few pest species, however, might require some action on your part. My aim is to help you tell good bugs from the potentially harmful ones, and to manage these ‘bad bugs’ in safe and responsible ways.” A very informative site that is easy to use and understand.

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Vermont Soap

“Our products are so natural, they’re certified to USDA organic food standards by Vermont Organic Farmers.” They have been a certified organic processor since 2003. For over twenty years Vermont Soap has been manufacturing 100% natural and toxic-free personal care and cleaning products. They make handmade bar soaps for sensitive skin, anti-aging products and moisturizers, 100% natural shower gels (soap based), castile liquid soaps, and nontoxic cleaners, products for pets, camping and gardening. All products are free from artificial scents (many are unscented altogether) and other toxic ingredients, such as antimicrobials and detergents. Get a 10% discount on your first order!If you have MCS, read Larry’s free ebook The Reactive Body Handbook.

Listen to my interviews with Vermont Soap Founder Larry Plesent

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Cedar Oil Store

Control bedbugs, mosquitoes, lice…A whole variety of cedar repellants, for personal protection, pets, and farm animals. Cedar oil sprays in various concentration for different uses, and red cedar granules to use indoors or out to repel repel fleas, mosquitos, roaches, scorpions, flies, no-see-ums–even venomous snakes–with no effect on beneficial insects such as butterflies and pollinating bees. These really work.

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A Thousand & One Nets

A large selection of 100% cotton mosquito nets in many styles and colous, made in Australia and India. Sizes available for Crib, single, queen and king size beds, plus a made-to-order service. "The 100% cotton muslin netting provides an enhanced sleeping environment due to its natural fibres and is superior to nylon or polyester mosquito nets. The ability for the fabric to breathe allows for a safe and comfortable nights sleep. All ages can benefit from the features of a cotton mosquito net. Babies can enjoy the safe cocooned environment that a mosquito net creates…the coloured mosquito nets for single beds can be a expressive way to reinvent a child

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Safer Pest Products

Natural and organic solutions for pest problems in your home and garden. Very informative website has a Pest Control Library with "mug shots" to help you easily identify pest problems, and online ordering arranges products by pest problem to be solved.

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The Pesticide National Synthesis Project

A part of the U. S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), the Project monitors pesticides in the streams, rivers, and ground water of all across the United States. If you want to know what type of pesticides are used on a particular food and how much ends up in the environment, see their National Totals of Pesticide Use by Crop and Compound. Other files tell the quality of our nation's water, the amount of pesticides in streams and ground water, and amounts of pesticides found in fish. To get an idea of just how widespread pesticides are in our waterways, look at their graphs that show how many water samples contained different types of pesticides.

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Pesticide Action Network

Lots of information on pesticides here, including Pesticides 101. What's on Your Food, an extensive Pesticide Info Database, health effects, and least-toxic alternatives. Pesticide Action Network is an international organization working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. They link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network that challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society. 

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Orange Guard

A water based indoor/outdoor insecticide that may be used around food, humans and pets. Though it kills insects on contact, it is safe to use around food, humans, and pets. It's inventor was inspiried by a magazine articles that reported when someone took citrus hand cleaner and poured it down a fire ant hill, every ant was killed. "If you ever look at oranges, you'll notice that the peels are never bitten into by anything," says the inventor. "Orange peel is a natural repellent."

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National Pesticide Information Center

A wealth of information both on the toxicity of pesticides and nontoxic methods for control. Contains background information on pesticides, including Pesticide Safety, Evaluating Your Pesticide Risk, how to read Pesticide Labels, effects on animals and the environment, pesticide disposal, and hazard fact sheets on many common pesticides. Plus what to do in case of an emergency poisoning, links to databases with health effects, MSDS sheets, and much more.

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Mosquito Curtains

Custom-made, machine washable polyester mosquito curtains for outdoor use (outdoors you want to use polyester because cotton will quickly biodegrade in the elements, and it's less toxic than pesticides). Transforms porches, decks and patios into protected areas quickly and inexpensively. Unlike screens, netting can easily be removed and stored when not needed.

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Mosquito Barrier

A natural mosquito repellent made from garlic, designed to apply to grassy areas. "Just one spraying will keep mosquitoes, ticks and fleas out of your yard and away from your home, 24 hours a day for nearly a month…a very strong liquid garlic made from very potent garlic cloves. The garlic used is a very powerful variety which is much more potent than the garlic found in grocery stores… Garlic has a natural sulfur which repels insects, including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Spraying garlic to keep insects away is not something new, farmers and master gardeners have been doing it for many generations. The juice does not harm humans or pets or plants, but to mosquitoes it can be deadly. The odor of it chases them out of the area and they stay away – for as long as they can detect the odor. While the odor of sprayed garlic juice becomes undetectable to humans within minutes, the mosquitoes will still detect it. If the mosquitoes aren't in your yard, they can't get into your house."

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EXTOXNET – The EXtension TOXicology NETwork

Easy-to-understand, objective, science-based information about pesticides – written for consumers. Their Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs) give trade names, regulatory status, description, health effects, and environmental effects for common pesticides. A project of the Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of California at Davis and the Institute for Environmental Toxicology, Michigan State University. Major funding provided by the USDA/Extension Service/National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program.

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A full-service do-it-yourself pest control company, with lots of information on how to identify and control all kinds of pests and professional-quality pest control products. This is not a "nontoxic" website–it carries a lot of toxic pesticides. But their advice leans to the nontoxic and there are many natural and nontoxic products you can choose. They have links to all the MSDS sheets right on the site, so you can easily determine the safety or hazard of any of their products and make an informed choice.

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Bugs ‘R’ Done

Highly effective indoor and outdoor insecticide and repellant that kills and repels disease-carrying cockroaches, flies, mosquitos, fleas, ants and fire ants. Contains "pure orange peel oil, nature's own botanically-derived insecticide. In combination with four other ingredients… widely used by other industries to safely add flavor and aroma to many food, beverage and cosmetic products…all named by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration as 'GRAS,' Generally Regarded as Safe in human foods…bears a warning free EPA-approved label in EPA's least hazardous category IV. It is labeled both for use around food, children, and pets anywhere inside and outside homes, schools, and restaurants." This product kills pests while still being safe for humans and the environment by taking advantage of a unique characteristic of insects. "Unlike man, the breathing passages of …insects are waterproofed by a wax lining. The food-grade ingredients in BUGS 'R' DONE soften and dissolve this wax lining, clogging the passageways and quickly leading to the insect's death. Human users, animals, and birds all are unaffected as is the environment." Comes in a recyclable plastic bottle.

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