Cruelty Free Pest Control
While household and garden pests can be extremely annoying
and aggravating, it hardly seems fair to kill them just
for doing what comes naturally. There are many different
methods you can choose from that can help control
irritating pests in your home without using cruel
measures. Cruelty free pest control is a broad term that
can be applied in many different ways. In general, it
describes any method that is used to repel, deter, confine
or confuse pests without causing any lasting physical or
emotional harm. If there are ways to control the pest
population without harming them, why not choose them?
One of the most obvious forms of cruelty free pest control
is using repellents. Any repellent that does not harm the
insect or animal is “cruelty free.” There are many
different types of natural repellents you can choose from.
For example, offensive smells and tastes can be sprayed in
areas that you have a pest problem. Rotten eggs and pepper
are commonly used in gardens to responsibly repel rabbits,
squirrels, groundhogs and other garden vermin. When
animals encounter these smells, they stay away, but they
are not harmed either temporarily or permanently.
Citronella oil is a common insect repellent that has no
harmful effects on insects. Citronella is often found in
candle form, and when the candle burns, the citronella
smell releases into the air. Flying insects such as
mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell and stay away. These
candles don’t provide the largest range of protection,
usually only about 10 to 20 feet radius, but several
candles strategically placed can cover a large distance.
DEET is the chemical found in most common insect
repellents for the skin. These products are particularly
effective against biting insects like mosquitoes and
ticks. While DEET can be used as a pesticide, it does not
kill insects when used in the insect repellent form.
Instead, it simply blinds the senses and dulls the
instinct of insects so they are not compelled to bite
humans or animals.
Controlling insect infestation on your pets is very
important because ticks, fleas and mosquitoes can carry
harmful diseases that can be fatal for your pet. While
some insect repellents for pets actually kill the insect,
there are others that just repel them. Choosing one of
these more natural alternatives is a way to stay cruelty
free and also protect the health of your pet.
You can create natural barriers around your home to
prevent pests from entering. It’s important to know what
type of pest you are targeting, however, because not all
pests are repelled by the same thing. If you have a
problem with ants, for example, planting spearmint,
peppermint and pennyroyal around the periphery of your
home can provide a barrier. Mint and basil are natural
repellent for flies. There are also some natural sprays
you can use that employ these and other natural
repellents, but they can be easier to implement. Natural
sprays are also easy on the environment and biodegradable.
Traps are another form of cruelty free pest control. When
you think of rodent traps, you often think of the
traditional spring-loaded mouse trap that smashes and
kills the unfortunate mouse that is lured into it. These
are not the only type of trap on the market, however.
Humane mouse and rodent traps lure rodents to the trap,
but instead of killing them, it locks them inside a
chamber they cannot escape from. You are then free to
release the rodent into the wild unharmed. These traps can
be used for mice, rats, squirrels and any other unwanted
animal intruders. Besides being humane, these traps have
the added benefit of not requiring you to handle the dead
carcass of an animal.
Electronic pest control devices are another form of
cruelty free pest control. While the efficacy of many of
these products is up for debate, the principles behind
many of them are cruelty free. Some electronic pest
control devices use ultrasonic sounds to drive out pests.
The pests are not harmed by the sounds, just irritated by
them. Other electronic pest control devices use
electromagnetic waves to create an unfriendly environment
for pests to live in. This in intended to make pests want
to find another place to live and leave willingly. None of
these devices cause any lasting harm to animals in any