As the spring and summer approach, people are likely getting their yards ready for entertaining. Unfortunately, some of this preparation includes the spraying of their yards with pesticides. Not all pesticides are helpful or healthy for everyone in your family. In fact, many extermination products can be harmful to children and pets. Therefore, why not take care of the pests without the increased risks with natural treatments and integrated pest management.
Some homeowners may not be aware of the growing number of all natural tick and mosquito control options. These yard treatments typically rely on active ingredients like cedar oil and even peppermint. The chemicals and ingredients used in these treatments are naturally occurring and likely safer for your yard and family.
Integrated Pest Management
The phrase integrated pest management refers to the steps a homeowner can take to reduce the number of pests around their home. For instance, standing water can contribute to large quantities of mosquitoes around your home. Therefore, to reduce the number of mosquitoes, you can eliminate areas of standing water, like pet bowls, planters, bird feeders, etc. Also, to control the tick population on your property, you can cut your lawn regularly and remove any debris or brush.
While not all chemical and manufactured pesticides are harmful, they should be used as a last resort for most properties. Many of these products are useful, but they can have unexpected consequences for the environment and your home.
The overabundance of chemical pesticides gives a false impression that they are overwhelmingly safe. When trying to control the pests in your yard, you can and should try natural products as well as integrated pest management. Your home and family are too important to risk their health for the sake of controlling the mosquito and tick populations. Most often a natural pesticide combined with routine yard maintenance will be enough to control many unwanted insects in your yard.
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