Benefits of Organic Pesticides
Many people mistakenly believe that the only way to launch an effective defense against the pest population is through the use of pesticides. This certainly is not true. All it requires is a bit of research on your part to discover several viable options for getting rid of the most common pests.
For instance, borax is a crystalline salt that is used in the manufacturing of soaps and detergents. Borax is also frequently used as a mild antiseptic and water softener. While it may not seem like an obvious solution for getting rid of cockroaches, borax has been proven to be extremely effective in getting rid of these nasty pests. All you need to do is fill in around your cabinets, shelves, pipes, baseboards, sinks, and bathtubs with borax to eliminate your cockroach problem.
Natural pesticides are often as close as your cabinets. You can have some remarkable success ridding your yard of ants with products from your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. These are just a few of the things that you can use, probably without leaving home to get them:
- Cayenne Pepper
- Damp Coffee Grounds
- Talcum Powder
Another household item that has worked to get rid of these pests is lemon juice. Squeezing a bit of lemon juice in any area where ants have been seen is sure to get rid of them.
There are actually a wide variety of alternatives to pesticides that have been documented through universities and independent research labs. While it may require a bit of time to locate this useful information, it is certainly worth any effort that you expend to find alternative, healthful options to getting rid of pests in your home without damaging the health of your family.
Government Response to Pesticide Concerns: Business as Usual
Any time pesticides are registered for use on foods or feed crops, a specific tolerance level has to be established by the Environmental Protection Agency. In turn, these tolerance levels are then enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Department of Agriculture.²
So, why don't these governmental agencies step up and become more active in eliminating synthetic pesticides from our lives? It is certainly an interesting question, but unfortunately, it is one that does not have clear answers. While growing numbers of independent groups and individuals are lobbying for safe, organic alternatives to traditional pesticides, the reality is that even though the pesticides are regulated, they continue to be used.
How To Make Natural & Organic Pesticides
There are several recipes that Dr. Group uses at home. They are easy to make and much safer for you and your family. One that Dr. Group frequently uses in his garden is a neem oil recipe.
Neem Oil Pesticide:
Prepare this homemade natural pesticide to spray on your plants.
Prepare this to spray on your roses for black spot and other fungal disease.
Citrus Oil Spray:
Use this natural pesticide spray to help control white flies, mosquitoes and aphids. It will kill beneficial insects so try not to use it unless pests are really overrunning your plants. Stay well within the guidelines for using citrus oil applications. Overuse of natural pesticides may burn or even kill your plants.
- 1 Gallon Water
- 2 Ounces Orange Oil* or Limonene
- Garlic-Pepper Tea (to concentrate the power of the spray)
*How To Make Orange Oil At Home:
- Organic Pesticides RecipeSoak the peelings from 2 organic oranges in 1 gallon of water for 10-14 days.
Dr. Group's Suggested Organic Pesticides
To buy natural and organic pesticides online, visit Certified Organic Pesticides. Some of the products that you may consider include 'GreenSense SoilDrench' & 'Garden-Ville Fire Ant Control', which is a soil conditioner.
- Pesticide Alternative Approved. http://enviro.blr.com/display.cfm/id/35268. Accessed 30 May 2008.
- Resource Guide: Pesticides. http://www.cehn.org/cehn/resourceguide/pesticides.html. Accessed 30 May 2008.