This post was written by me and sponsored by EarthEasy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
My new home has a beautiful backyard. There are two large shade trees, a covered patio, and lots of lovely flower gardens. I love to spend time outside but not a big fan of bugs. Mosquitoes are unfortunately very fond of me.
Controlling all of these pests so that we can enjoy our yard more has been a high priority. Most pest control products are not very safe for us, pets or the environment. Tradition insecticides have so many health hazards, ranging from short-term hazards like headaches to chronic hazards like endocrine disruption, reproductive problems and even cancer. If that is my only option I’ll take mosquito bites or just stay inside!
Natural Pest Control
Don’t give up on the outdoors just yet, thankfully there are natural and safer ways to control pests. Natural pest control is something my family has been practicing for years and we’ve had a lot of success. We’ve also had some trial and error but at this point have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. I want to share some of the things we have used and found useful as well as a couple of new things we are trying out in our new backyard.
Essential Oil Candles
We’ve used citronella candles as well as other essential oil candles to help keep mosquitoes away with a lot of success. One that I recently discovered and really enjoy is the Biocare Mosquito Candle. It uses lemongrass and geraniol to keep mosquitoes away. It smells lovely to us but mosquitoes are not a fan and it helps prevent mosquitoes from smelling us so they can’t find us.
Pheromone Mosquito Trap
Pheromone Mosquito Traps are a new concept to me but very interesting and one I look forward to continuing to test out this year. It works by using a mosquito egg pheromone which mosquitoes use to mark where they lay eggs. It attracts the female mosquito into the trap and traps them so they can’t bite us and helps prevent the disease they can carry.
It’s really easy to use, fill it with old or standing water (they don’t like clean tap water) and place it in your yard. It’s reusable for many years so far less wasteful than many options.
Glass Wasp Traps
Pest traps are rarely pretty but these glass wasp traps are an exception. They are made of beautiful and sturdy colored glass. You just add a lure, something like non-citrus fruit juice, and place it in your yard. They fly into the trap and can’t escape. You should add a bit of vinegar to the water which helps prevent honeybees from being attracted to the trap. The trap is reusable, you just need to refill it every 10 days or so.
Diatomaceous earth is probably our favorite natural pest control find. When we moved into our house we had a bit of an ant problem. They were mostly in the kitchen so we wanted whatever we used to be very safe, not just for us but also my dog. Food-grade diatomaceous earth has been the safest and one of the best thing we have found for ants.
It works on crawling insects because the particles are very small and sharp but only harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects. It clings to them when they crawl over it and they die within 48 hours. It’s even considered safe to sprinkle in vegetable gardens and on your dog!
To get rid of our ant problem I made sure to keep all food cleaned up, I’d spray vinegar over the surfaces and wipe them down, once it dried I’d sprinkle the diatomaceous earth around the areas where the ants were showing up. It takes a bit of time to work and you want to avoid getting it wet but it does work! We replace it when it gets wet and only clean it up once it’s been several days since we saw the insects.
You do want to make sure you only buy food-grade diatomaceous earth, non-food grade can be dangerous.
Other Natural Pest Control
There are so many other natural pest control options out there. There are traps, sprays, electronic options and more. Depending on your pest issue you may need to try different things. I found Eartheasy is a great place to shop for natural pest control options. They have all of the things I talked about above and so much more.
They give detailed information about what is in a product, how it works and how to use it. It really helps make sure you are picking the best product for your situation. They are also family owned which is a big plus for me and they care about the environment.
I’m so excited to have all of these great natural products to keep my backyard pest free so I can fully enjoy it this spring and summer.
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