There is no doubt that organic pesticides and herbicides are better for you and your family. Nobody knows the exact effect of long-term exposure to commercial pesticides and herbicides. However, what we do know is that there are alternatives that are healthier and work just as well as commercial, chemical based products.
Are Pesticides Dangerous?
Yes they are. In fact, 12 of the 26 most-used pesticides in the U.S. are classified as cancer-causing by the EPA.
Organic Pesticide Alternatives
Boric acid is a wonderful natural pesticide. It prevents and gets rid of many household pests such as ants and roaches. Simply sprinkle around the entry areas in your home. For roach problems, sprinkle in cabinets, in your pantry and in high places, such as above the refrigerator.
Neem oil has been used in India for years as an effective pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the Neem tree in India. Spray it onto leaves of plants and it will protect lants form insect that tend to chew on the leaves.
Mix two tablespoons of castile soap with one quart of water. Spray on plants to control aphids, mites and other microscopic pests.
Store-Bought Organic Pesticides and Herbicides
There are commercially sold organic pesticides and herbicides. If you are unsure whether the product is organic, ask your local nursery. Alternatively, take a look at the ingredients for common organic ingredients such as boric acid and the others listed above.
Corn Gluten Meal
This option is 100% natural is many homeowners have used it with great success with lawn weed-control. The corn meal prevents the weeds from growing. It works best to control dandelions, smart weed, crabgrass and more.
Combine vinegar and water to make a spray. Spraying vinegar on weeds alters the weeds PH balance, which interrupts its growth.
Not only does pouring boiling water work well for killing off an ant hill and farm, it also works well at killing weeds. Carefully pour boiling water over a section of weeds. It will kill them almost instantly.
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