Tips and tricks: pest control without chemicals

The consumer center warns of health damage caused by poisonous pesticides. So here are the tips for dealing with pests.

If pests in the house and garden hold court, the right means and resounding strategies are needed to beat the troublemakers in the run. From spray to powder to sticky traps and electric vaporizers, the trade offers a variety of expulsion and pest control products. But the consumer center warns of the “chemical club”.

Product labels and instructions for use as well as the advice in the trade are often only available with inadequate information, so the consumer advocates. Due to the possible dangers to humans and the environment, poison-containing pesticides are by no means in the hands of laymen. If used improperly, users risk serious health effects such as dyspnoea, paralysis or nerve damage. However, if the plague ghosts with precaution and home remedies cannot be dealt with, only the call to the pest controller can help.

To prevent and control moths, fleas, mice and the like, the following instructions should be followed:

Pests

Prevention is better than fighting. Anyone who inspects newly purchased food for possible infestation does not store too large quantities and fills the stores into lockable containers, puts an effective stop to the incursion of annoying pests.

Annoying insects

Flies, mosquitoes and moths can best be dealt with mechanical protection. Window gauze, mosquito nets or fly swatters are helpers who will not let laymen down. Take care with mosquito repeaters: they pollute indoor air and can particularly endanger the health of patients, infants and pets. Non-toxic alternatives to pest control are attractant traps, glue strips, insect protection lamps as well as cedar wood and lavender bags in the linen closet against moths.

Slugs

In an invasion of the pests, collecting is more environmentally friendly than snail poison. Cutbacks on flowers and vegetables can be avoided by hobby gardeners by planting in the garden, spurning nudibranches. Intensely smelling herbs such as rosemary and thyme or poisonous plants such as iron and thimble keep the insatiable molluscs away. Effective protection for endangered plants is also provided by raised beds and worm fences. Lime, sawdust, bark mulch and coffee grounds are natural inhibitors that keep slugs away.

Crawling and rodents

If cockroaches, pigeon tick, pharaoh ants, or rats are in or around the house, these are cases for a professional pest controller. The certificate proves that he or his employees are “certified pest controllers”.

Exterminators use

Even with the pest professional, customers should insist that the most harmless means, such as bait boxes, gels and traps instead of sprays and nebulizers, are used. Information about safety precautions or protective measures and possible interior loads must not be missing.

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