When it comes to ridding your home of unwelcome pests, you have a variety of options to choose from. One option is to choose the work of an exterminator who will use inhumane techniques to address your infestation woes. A second option is to choose humane pest control services that will correct your infestation using methods which will not harm the infesting pests, your family, your pets or the earth. These ethical pest control services also implement preventative techniques which are more effective than the approach taken by an exterminator. Read below to learn more about why choosing ethical pest control is the best option when you are dealing with a pest infestation in your home.
Humane Pest Control in Your Garden
When exploring humane pest control as an alternative to a pest exterminator, many people only associate humane pest removal with rats and mice inside the home. However, there are many different types of infestations for which you can seek humane pest control, including for the pests or wildlife that may disrupt your home garden. It is important to learn about the types of wildlife and pests you might find in your garden and steps you can take that will eliminate these pests without the use of inhume methods by an exterminator.
Types of Garden Infesting Pests
The type of animal pests that wreak havoc on your garden can be dependent upon where you live. Some common pests in different locations throughout the United States include chipmunks, gophers, mice, moles, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, rats, skunks, squirrels and woodchucks. Although any of these animals may need to be removed if they are having a negative impact on your garden, it is not only more ethical to choose humane elimination methods, but has also shown to be more effective than the solutions used by an exterminator.
Ethical Garden Pest Control Methods
A wire cloche is a cover that may be placed over individual and especially vulnerable plants to protect them from critters who are interested in making a meal out of the greenery in your home garden. These coverings are bell-shaped and made of wire so that you are not denying your plants the water or sunlight they need, while effectively keeping pests away. Cloches are very affordable, easy to find and are a great humane solution to keeping your plants and garden critters safe. Although the simple solution would be to purchase an already constructed cloche from a home garden store, you can also craft your own cloche from basic chicken wire. To do this, you will need standard chicken wire, leather gloves, wire cutters, a form, such as a large jug or ball vase, measuring tape and a metal landscaping peg.
Once you have gathered all supplies, you will measure around your form and cut a piece of chicken wire that is approximately two to three inches larger than the form on all sides. Then, fit your wire nicely around your form and start to twist the wire at the top to create a solid bell shape. Next, begin to pinch and form the bottom of the chicken wire into a flat base. Once you are finished, you can then place your newly crafted cloche over any plants that might next extra protection from infesting garden critters and secure them with the landscaping peg. This simple act is just one way to ethically keep out your garden pests without doing harm to them by contacting an exterminator.
Using scent repellents in your garden is another way to keep those pesky critters away without utilizing inhumane exterminator methods. Choosing scent repellents which have a pleasant smell, such as citronella, can help to deter pests without adding a funky odor to your garden space. You can also choose to use DIY spray mixtures like garlic or cayenne pepper spray on your plants.
Using A Fence
Protective fences around the perimeter of your garden are a great solution for garden critter control, especially for substantial areas that you would like to be permanently protected from large animals, including raccoons and deer. It is worth considering the size of animals you are trying to keep away and is helpful to use that information when deciding the height of the fence you will build around your garden. Generally, fences should be no shorter than five feet tall. This method is especially effective as a friendly alternative to an animal exterminator.
Place Bird Food Sources Away From Your Garden
If you utilize bird feeders, consider moving these feeders to a location which is further away from your garden, as birds and many other animals, including garden pests, will be drawn to this food source. By placing the bird feeder in a space that is far away from your garden, attracted animals will snack on the feeder there, as opposed to making their way into your garden to eat the bird food as well as any other vegetation you are growing. This solution works best to deter smaller animals, such as squirrels.
Plant Pest Repelling Herbs and Plants
There are a wide variety of plants and herbs that naturally repel garden pests, including mint and lavender which some animals do not like the taste of. Additional pest deterring plants include cistus, ferns, irises, lilies, daffodils and echium. This method is beneficial for not only keeping garden pests away, but also for adding pleasant aromas and beautiful ornamentals to your garden space.
There are even further methods of humane garden pest control that will not require an exterminator which you can employ to keep these infiltrators at bay. These solutions include keeping your grass short, thinning out any shrubs around your property that are near your garden, removing piles of wood and clearing any clutter which is situated close to your garden.
Humane Pest Control for Rodents versus Exterminator Solutions
The Humane Society International recognizes that rats and mice can without a doubt cause troubles for humans and especially when these critters are living along side us in our homes. However, HSI recommends that the first line of defense against a rodent infestation should not be the work of an exterminator, but should be the implementation of humane control methods. This recommendation is not only for the welfare of the animal, but also means better effectiveness for homeowners who face rodent infestations. Deadly methods of rodent control generally do not offer a practical and lasting solution to your infestation. Often times, the work of an exterminator is futile and will only treat the symptoms of your rodent infestation as they kill a single rodent or even a colony of rodents. If you do not take steps to make your residence less attractive to rodents, other rats and mice will eventually move in to the exterminated areas requiring perpetual rodent control services.
Humane Rodent Control Solutions
When seeking humane rodent control as opposed to the sometimes cruel methods used by an exterminator, there are two steps you can take to ensure elimination of the current infestation and the prevention of future infestations. First, it is important to seek the help of an ethical pest control company like Natran Green Pest Control that will clear your home of any infesting rodents or pests. Any good pest control company will also include Integrated Pest Management practices in their pest control services as a way of helping to prevent any further infestations. In addition to Integrated Pest Management performed by your pest control provider, there are also steps you can take on your own to prevent these infesting critters from returning.
Rodent Prevention in Your Home and Kitchen
Mice and rats are particularly attracted to your kitchen because like all animals, they require food to survive. Although rats favor the outdoors instead of living inside your home, they will sometimes make their way indoors to search for food or shelter. In contrast, mice prefer to live indoors and can gain entry through small spaces, including air vents and crevices surrounding your water and gas pipes. In order to help prevent these critters from entering your home, make sure to seal any open holes and keep any food in your kitchen tightly sealed and out of reach from mice and rats. Additionally, the food scraps in our garbage cans or food that you leave out for pets or wild birds can also attract rodents.
Once you have identified the source that has attracted these rodents to your home, be sure to eliminate it or find a way to make it less accessible to these little home invaders. Since mice only require about one tenth of an ounce of food every day, the crumbs lying around your kitchen are enough to nourish them. Cleaning any space where food crumbs may have been left, such as around your toaster, will help to cut back on an available food source for mice in your kitchen. You should also never store your dry dog and cat food in basements or cellars or leave you pet’s food out overnight. Another step you can take to avoid contacting an exterminator for your rodent infestation is to incorporate certain essential oils around your home which will deter mice and rats from entering. These rodents will avoid the scent of peppermint, spearmint or eucalyptus, so soaking cotton balls in any of these oils and leaving them at potential rodent entry points can help to keep mice and rats outdoors and away from your family.
Rodent Prevention In Your Basements or Sheds
Your basement and shed are two additional locations that can attract mice and rats, as these critters prefer dark places where they can build their nests. After you have sought pest control from a humane pest control company such as Natran Green Pest Control, you can then take your own preventative measures to keep mice out of these areas of your home. One options is to soak rags in a natural and non-toxic rodent repellent and leave these rags lying around the corners of your shed or basement. You can also rub eucalyptus, peppermint or spearmint oils on any exposed wood in these spaces. As mentioned, these essential oils repel rodents and make it less likely that these critters will make themselves a home in your shed or basement.
Dangerous Chemicals Used By The Pest Exterminator and Risks They Pose To Your Pets
The common exterminator will use a cocktail of dangerous and toxic chemicals around your home to get rid of a pest infestation. These chemicals can not only be harmful to your pets, but can also put your family in danger. Some of the chemicals used by an exterminator are known carcinogens and other chemicals can exacerbate asthma and cause developmental and reproductive issues.
These chemicals can also harm our environment as they contaminate groundwater and poison wild fish or animals. In fact, entire ecosystems can be put in danger by the simple use of these toxic pest control chemicals. These toxic solutions are so damaging that some chemicals which were outlawed forty years ago are still being discovered in food sources today. Some of these toxins still used today such as bromethalin, strchnine, zinc phosphide and hypercalcemic agents are fully lethal to your pets and can kill your cat or dog the first time it is ingested.
Alternatives to a Pest Exterminator
The best alternative to any pest exterminator is a pest control company that recognizes the importance of humane pest removal, as well as the safety of your family, pets and the environment. Natran Green Pest Control specializes in 100% satisfaction guaranteed humane pest removal services, including Integrated Pest Management practices to make sure that your pest problems are a thing of the past. If you find that you are facing an infestation of rodents or other pests, contact Natran and one of our GreenPro-certified pest management professionals will come to your home to fully screen and seal any potential pest entry and exit locations. Our services come with a one-year warranty which includes unlimited follow up visits at your request to assure that your pest problem is completely corrected. You can also contact Natran for humane live animal removal for all wildlife including opossums, raccoons, bats, squirrels, birds and snakes.