View Full Version : Organic/semiorganic pest control (fleas, ants, etc.)

Ned Flanders
July 19th 03, 03:50 PM
It seems people turn to poisonous chemicals far too fast. My friends
home was covered on the outside with strange beetles, thousands of
them would sun themselves. So the local pest company ID'ed them and
sold him a $75.00 bottle of poison. He sprayed and sprayed, and it
did nothing but stink. I went over with a bottle of Palmolive dish
detergent, any dish detergent, as long as it is not antibacterial
formula will do. He put it in a garden sprayer, and sure enough the
second it touched the beetles, they fell dead. It does not hurt the
plants and it cleans too!

Some other helpful methods:

Beneficial Nematodes For Flea Control

Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic, nonsegmented worms that occur
naturally in soil all around the world. Steinernema carpocapsae and
Steinernema feltiae prey soil dwelling insects. Once they are
released, the nematodes seek out host insects and enter their prey
through body openings and emit an endo-toxin that results in death for
the host insect within 48 hours. The nematodes reproduce and their
offspring feed on the insect cadaver and emerge to seek out new hosts.

For Flea control: Apply liberally over area around where pet sleeps or
frequents, using a garden sprayer of alternate method of dispersion.
Less than 5% of the flea population are adults at any one time.
Steinernema sp. hunt and destroy pre-adult flea stages that live in
the soil until maturity, when they seek a blood meal from you or your
pet. Control begins within 24 hours of treatment and lasts for up to
several months.