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#1 Queen-Evie

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:33 AM

Has anyone used a pest control service that uses green products made with things found in nature?
If you have, are they effective? I figure that since nature has provided ways for plants to be resistant to insects, they should work well for home pest control.
After I decided it was time to have the house treated for pests, I found a couple of companies that use these products instead of chemicals.
The company I contacted will be sending someone to the house tomorrow (Wednesday).
They use "botanical and low-impact pesticides, specific to the pest".
My plan is to get the initial treatment then have them do a once-a-month treatment for a few months to see if it is effective. If it is, I'll continue with it.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:04 PM

I've got no experience with that, Q-E, so I really can't comment.



I did somewhat misread your thread title

and was ready to post an agreement that

anything we can do to control these "Green Pests"

is certainly a good idea!

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:30 PM

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Queen Evie?

You made a very broad Statement there about Pests? Am I right in assuming that you mean Termites? (White Ants). Or Borers? or is it a different sort of Pest?

I am a Floor Board Specialist, now retired, and have a fair amount of knowledge of the Field and have access to further information for you.

Treatment on a monthly basis is sounding off Alarms to me. Be very careful?

You may like to browse this Australian Site of a Personal Business Associate of mine for many years? Not intended as Spam in anyway, just that the Site is very informentative about all Pest Control and may help as a Guideline for you?

http://www.termiteman.com.au/

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:19 PM

It's all pests, since I can't stand to have the little critters running around.
As for the monthly service, I did that where I used to live and it kept the critters from invading my home. It was worth the few dollars a month I paid for it.
The one thing I detest most of all are roaches. I saw a couple in the past few days, and where there is one there will be many more not seen.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:28 PM

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You are right on there, Mate.

Cockroaches actually are very difficult to treat.

They actually predate Dinousors, because of their ability to develope imunity.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:30 PM

They can actually survive in sub Zero Blast Freezers and turn snowy white, Rats can too.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:41 PM

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I had my house Treated for Cockroaches years ago by my Friend. He used a mixture that once applied was perfectly harmless to humans and Animals. But the day after it I watched a Fly land on a wall and drop dead. No Cockroaches for three years after that.

You just need to find the right person over there?

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:54 PM

They say (the old wives) that placing a ziploc bag of water at the point of entrace will keep ladybugs out. Roaches are immune to everything but I've heard something involving vinegar and some other common household item will kill them (Not real sure of the whole concoction)

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:38 PM

For pests larger than a mouse, a .222 mag works for me :thumbsup:
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:48 PM

garmanma did you mean the rimfire .22 mag?

I still use a .38/357 Ruger or it's bigger brother the .223

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:03 PM

That's it. Finger typed to many twos
We used to keep it at the back door. The ground hogs drove everyone nuts
I miss the old days when your back yard could be you target range

Drifting further off-topic, my daughter had a temp. job at a place that deals with competition pellet guns
I sure would like to have one of those, but I'd have S.W.A.T. busting down my door :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:20 PM

I did some research yesterday. Catnip for roaches was frequently mentioned. Boil it, put it in a spray bottle, then spray it along baseboards or wherever you feel it needs to go. But this only repels them, it doesn't kill them. I want them dead. The world's roach population won't be in danger of extinction if a few die.
It was also stated if you have cats-you may not want to use this method.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 14 April 2009 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:42 PM

Build Your Own Electric Roach Motel: They Can Check In, But They Won't Check Out

or maybe this:

Black Flag Roach Motel

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:16 PM

You might Google Diatomaceous Earth (coarser than what they use in pool filters) for some interesting pesticide reading. It has long been used as an insecticide (the horticultural grade). It basically draws out moisture & dehydrates/kills insects with exoskeletons when it comes in contact with their outer body. All they have to do is crawl through it. Harmless to humans and pets except in respiratory-weakened people. They recommend using a mask when applying. I think you use a powder mister to apply the dust to the desired area.

The downside to DE as an insecticide, is that it makes no distinction between the "bad bugs" with exoskeletons and the "good bugs" with exoskeletons. Kills 'em all, even some bees. :thumbsup: I know some dog owners who use it for chemical-free flea control both inside and in their yards. Needs to be applied during a dry spell, as it doesn't work after it gets wet and clumps up.

Have not tried it myself yet, but would like to try it to get rid of the billbugs in my back yard. I have two rat terriers, a breed known to be hyper sensitive to insecticides. They're getting out of hand & I've been reluctant to use Spectracide or Diazinon due to my dog's problems with conventional chemical treatments. Poor things don't even tolerate Frontline flea treatments on their necks monthly very well. :flowers:


RE: Roaches. Boric acid powder dusted lightly along your baseboards and in the crevices of cabinets and behind large pieces of furniture will flat out do the job. All they have to do is walk thorough it and get it on their hairy legs. Roaches lick their legs to groom/clean themselves and ingest it & die. They also carry on those hairy legs back into the walls and dark, damp hiding places where the nests are so that the rest of the colony is also killed in a like manner. It'll clear a house of them for 1-2 years! I'm a former Galvestonian and trust me, the island has long been infested with roaches forever. Believe me when I say pure boric acid from your local WalMart pharmacy department will flat kill them!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:01 PM

I've done the boric acid thing, and for the most part it worked.
The exterminator was here yesterday. He did his thing and the house smelled like citrus.
On the outside, when the wind blows just right, I smell cloves. Cloves have something called eugenol oil, which is supposed to kill ants, bees, and other insects.

After he left, I was outside. There was a fly on the wall where he had sprayed. The fly was punch drunk. Three hours later the fly was still there in the same spot. A couple of hours later, I looked at the critter and it was dead.

Last night, no one saw any critters in the kitchen. I do hope this eco-safe thing works, because I want the critters gone.




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