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Natural Pest Control

With these links, you can find out the toxicity of pesticides and find products that allow you to control pests without harmful effects.


General

Beyond Pesticides
This easy-to-use and informative site tells the toxicity of specific pesticides and safer alternatives for controlling a variety of pests in your home and garden. Check their "Issues" and "Info Services" tabs to find this information and more.
EXTOXNET - The EXtension TOXicology NETwork
Easy-to-understand, objective, science-based information about pesticides - written for consumers. Their Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs) give trade names, regulatory status, description, health effects, and environmental effects for common pesticides. A project of the Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of California at Davis and the Institute for Environmental Toxicology, Michigan State University. Major funding provided by the USDA/Extension Service/National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program.
National Pesticide Information Center
A wealth of information both on the toxicity of pesticides and nontoxic methods for control. Contains background information on pesticides, including Pesticide Safety, Evaluating Your Pesticide Risk, how to read Pesticide Labels, effects on animals and the environment, pesticide disposal, and hazard fact sheets on many common pesticides. Plus what to do in case of an emergency poisoning, links to databases with health effects, MSDS sheets, and much more.
The Pesticide Advisor
A project of the Pesticide Action Network North America, The Pesticide Advisor gives "quality information to help with specific pest and pesticide problems...at home, in the garden and yard, and on people & pets."
The Pesticide National Synthesis Project
A part of the U. S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), the Project monitors pesticides in the streams, rivers, and ground water of all across the United States. If you want to know what type of pesticides are used on a particular food and how much ends up in the environment, see their National Totals of Pesticide Use by Crop and Compound. Other files tell the quality of our nation's water, the amount of pesticides in streams and ground water, and amounts of pesticides found in fish. To get an idea of just how widespread pesticides are in our waterways, look at their graphs that show how many water samples contained different types of pesticides.

Insect Repellent


Lakon Herbals - Bygone Bugz
Their Bygone Bugz™ was one of the first herbal insect repellents to be marketed in the U.S. The formula contains only non-toxic, non-hazardous essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary, birch, peppermint and geranium, and GMO-free sunflower oil. User testimonials say it is very effective.

Buzz Free Zone Personal Spray
Organic insect repellant spray containing aloe vera, citronella, tea tree, and other herbal oils.

Healing Scents
Skeeter Beater insect repellant made from essential oils, Including Lemon Eucalptus essential oil, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for effective protection against mosquitoes. Safe for children and pets. Effective against mosquitoes, biting and sand fleas, chiggers, ticks and black flies. "This formula even works great in Florida, North Carolina and other 'buggy' states."

Bioganic ShooBug™ Insect Repellents
Personal insect repellent "providing 2-3 hours of protection against mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies, and no-see-ums." The active ingredient is 2-phenethyl propionate, widely used a food and cosmetic additive.

Bugs 'R' Done
Highly effective indoor and outdoor insecticide and repellant that kills and repels disease-carrying cockroaches, flies, mosquitos, fleas, ants and fire ants. Contains "pure orange peel oil, nature's own botanically-derived insecticide. In combination with four other ingredients... widely used by other industries to safely add flavor and aroma to many food, beverage and cosmetic products...all named by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration as 'GRAS,' Generally Regarded as Safe in human foods...bears a warning free EPA-approved label in EPA's least hazardous category IV. It is labeled both for use around food, children, and pets anywhere inside and outside homes, schools, and restaurants." This product kills pests while still being safe for humans and the environment by taking advantage of a unique characteristic of insects. "Unlike man, the breathing passages of ...insects are waterproofed by a wax lining. The food-grade ingredients in BUGS 'R' DONE soften and dissolve this wax lining, clogging the passageways and quickly leading to the insect's death. Human users, animals, and birds all are unaffected as is the environment." Comes in a recyclable plastic bottle.

A Natural High
A gentle and effective insect repellant formulated specifically for the special needs of children 6 months and older. "This blend was painstakingly researched and formulated for absolute safety and effectiveness...This blend is safe and effective for children, I guarantee it!"

Mosquito Netting


Mosquito Barrier
A natural mosquito repellent made from garlic, designed to apply to grassy areas. "Just one spraying will keep mosquitoes, ticks and fleas out of your yard and away from your home, 24 hours a day for nearly a month...a very strong liquid garlic made from very potent garlic cloves. The garlic used is a very powerful variety which is much more potent than the garlic found in grocery stores... Garlic has a natural sulfur which repels insects, including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Spraying garlic to keep insects away is not something new, farmers and master gardeners have been doing it for many generations. The juice does not harm humans or pets or plants, but to mosquitoes it can be deadly. The odor of it chases them out of the area and they stay away - for as long as they can detect the odor. While the odor of sprayed garlic juice becomes undetectable to humans within minutes, the mosquitoes will still detect it. If the mosquitoes aren't in your yard, they can't get into your house."

A Thousand & One Nets
A large selection of 100% cotton mosquito nets in many styles and colous, made in Australia and India. Sizes available for cribs, single, queen and king size beds, plus a made-to-order service. "The 100% cotton muslin netting provides an enhanced sleeping environment due to its natural fibres and is superior to nylon or polyester mosquito nets. The ability for the fabric to breathe allows for a safe and comfortable nights sleep. All ages can benefit from the features of a cotton mosquito net. Babies can enjoy the safe cocooned environment that a mosquito net creates...the coloured mosquito nets for single beds can be a expressive way to reinvent a child's bedroom...teenagers can find the privacy they cherish." Though they are based in Australia, they will ship to America. This is the best selection of cotton mosquito netting I've found.

Mosquito Curtains
Custom-made, machine washable polyester mosquito curtains for outdoor use (outdoors you want to use polyester because cotton will quickly biodegrade in the elements, and it's less toxic than pesticides). Transforms porches, decks and patios into protected areas quickly and inexpensively. Unlike screens, netting can easily be removed and stored when not needed.

Pest Control Products



Green Nest
Safe, nontoxic, odorless Battle brand all-purpose bug killer will control all kinds of crawling insects, including fire ants and carpenter ants, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, aphids, caterpillars, crickets, mites, earwigs, silverfish, flies and more. Creates a barrier that is safe for humans and pets, but "is like a mine field" to crawling insects. Does not break down over time, so it is long-lasting as well as nontoxic. Made from the minerals calcium and magnesium.


greenfeet.com
Pest controls for home and garden that are safe for people, children, pets, and planet. Humane mouse traps, safe moth traps, sticky ribbons for catching flies, and more.

Bioganic Insecticides
Home and garden insecticides "based on the natural defenses that plants and trees have used for their self protection against insects and pathogens for centuries - essential oils...The primary active ingredients are unique blends of essential oils...approved as Direct Food Additives or classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (U.S.F.D.A.), these oils are commonly used to add flavor and aroma to many cosmetic, beverage and food products." Inert ingredients include mineral and soy oils and other safe ingredients.

Bugs 'R' Done
Highly effective indoor and outdoor insecticide and repellant that kills and repels disease-carrying cockroaches, flies, mosquitos, fleas, ants and fire ants. Contains "pure orange peel oil, nature's own botanically-derived insecticide. In combination with four other ingredients... widely used by other industries to safely add flavor and aroma to many food, beverage and cosmetic products...all named by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration as 'GRAS,' Generally Regarded as Safe in human foods...bears a warning free EPA-approved label in EPA's least hazardous category IV. It is labeled both for use around food, children, and pets anywhere inside and outside homes, schools, and restaurants." This product kills pests while still being safe for humans and the environment by taking advantage of a unique characteristic of insects. "Unlike man, the breathing passages of ...insects are waterproofed by a wax lining. The food-grade ingredients in BUGS 'R' DONE soften and dissolve this wax lining, clogging the passageways and quickly leading to the insect's death. Human users, animals, and birds all are unaffected as is the environment." Comes in a recyclable plastic bottle.

epestsupply.com
A full-service do-it-yourself pest control company, with lots of information on how to identify and control all kinds of pests and professional-quality pest control products. This is not a "nontoxic" website--it carries a lot of toxic pesticides. But their advice leans to the nontoxic and there are many natural and nontoxic products you can choose. They have links to all the MSDS sheets right on the site, so you can easily determine the safety or hazard of any of their products and make an informed choice.

Orange Guard
A water based indoor/outdoor insecticide that may be used around food, humans and pets. Though it kills insects on contact, it is safe to use around food, humans, and pets. It's inventor was inspiried by a magazine articles that reported when someone took citrus hand cleaner and poured it down a fire ant hill, every ant was killed. "If you ever look at oranges, you'll notice that the peels are never bitten into by anything," says the inventor. "Orange peel is a natural repellent."

Safer Pest Products
Natural and organic solutions for pest problems in your home and garden. Very informative website has a Pest Control Library with "mug shots" to help you easily identify pest problems, and online ordering arranges products by pest problem to be solved.


...The house soon had a wide variety of life in it, many forms taking advantage of the space, the materials, the amenities not being used by man. Some forms competed directly with him for these--for instance the mice ate much the same food as he did and used wool and fur for nest, but none of the animals ate exactly the same things and required exactly the same accommodation as man. This was fortunate both for him and for them...Had mice and men both needed exactly the same supplies on or another would have vanished, and it need not necessarily have been the mice.
--George Ordish

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Legend
Gold Star = gold star
Gold stars are given to pest control products that are safe to use and contain primarily organically-grown ingredients with exceptional vitality. Some ingredients may be biodynnamically-grown or wildcrafted. Exceptional care of the environment is taken in manufacture. Some are handcrafted.

Earthwise = earthwise
Pest controls that are safe to use and made primarily from organically grown ingredients or incorporate organic controls (as in organic gardening) get the earthwise rating.

Natural = natural

nontoxic = nontoxic
Pest controls that are safe to use and made from natural, renewable ingredients get the natural rating. Some products may contain a small amount of organically grown ingredients, such as the addition of organic herbs to an otherwise natural product.

fair trade = fair trade
Pest controls made from nontoxic, but petrochemical-based, ingredients get the nontoxic rating, as well as controls that are safe to use, but made from materials such as plastic.

caters to MCS = caters to MCS

associates = associate


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outdoor mosquito control

Garden Spiders

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Rodent Control

Nontoxic Snake Repellent

Natural Home Pest Control

Pesticides in Airplanes

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Roaches

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Pesticides on Golf Courses

Controlling Ants With Kindness

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Safety of Phermone Moth Traps

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Read about how toxic pesticides can affect your health and how to control pests without them, beginning on page 133



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