There is a major difference between pest control and pest management. When you use pest control, pesticides are sprayed inside and outside, often generically, to control so-called pests. This is a very bad method as the pesticides destroy the local ecosystem, plus there are many health hazards. Pest control companies spray millions of homes with pesticides on a regular basis to make believe they are controlling pests.
Pest management is dealing with pests using common sense. A fellow called me today and said that a large stump in his yard had termites and he was going to get it hauled off. I suggested he leave it alone. If he hauls it off, the termites are going to look for another food source, which could be his house. As long as the stump was there, the termites will stay there and feed on it. It wasn’t even close to his house. If they move to his house, he will have to get it treated professionally and most companies use toxic pesticides. There are non-toxic alternatives such as Altriset, but most companies won’t use it.
If you have roaches in the house you can control them with Niban bait which is made from boric acid. If they are outside, leave them alone, unless you are afraid they can come in. Then you can manage them with pie pans filled with beer. That will control the roaches but will not bother the ecosystem. When ants came in my house Algodones, I put some pancake syrup on a piece of cardboard near the window where they were coming in. I fed them for a month and they never wandered around the house. I refilled the syrup when it was gone and in about a month, they all left the house fat and happy. I then sealed the area where they came in so they couldn’t visit again. If you have a problem with wasps around your eaves, all you have to do is hang some small brown paper bags, stuffed with crumpled paper, from the eaves. Wasps will see the bags and think they are other wasps nests and go someplace else. If you have spiders outside where you don’t want them, just water them with a hose and they will go someplace else. If they are in a part of your house where you don’t want them, spray the area with peppermint essential oil and that will repel them. That also repels ants and other insects and even rodents. If you have mice or pack rats getting under the hood of your vehicle and chewing on the wires, soak some cotton in peppermint essential oil and put the cotton in paper cups and put them under the hood. It will repel the rodents. If you don’t want scorpions or centipedes coming in your home, make sure there isn’t any pieces of wood or other debris on the ground where they can hide. Also, leave off your night lights at night as they attract insects and other arthropods that eat insects such as centipedes and scorpions. If you have mice in your area, seal all the places they can get it, but don’t put rodenticides outside. The rodenticides will kill the mice, but any fleas they have will then attack your pets or your family. Mice don’t die of old age, nor do any insects. They are all in the food chain. Some snakes, some small mammals and some birds of prey will feed on mice. There is never any good reason to use rodenticides.
There are situations where you have to kill pests in your home or yard (ticks, fleas) and there are ways of doing so without using toxic pesticides that will do more damage than good. I recommend methods of managing pests without using toxic pesticides. That is why I formed my Bug Club and that is why anyone that wants to manage pests safely and effectively is welcome to join. In most cases you can do your own pest management. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any pest questions and I will help you to the best of my ability. You can join the Bug Club on this website.
Basically, if you have a large, dead tree stump in your yard, leave it there and let the termites have it. If you remove it, they will see your house and say, “There is our Walmart!”.