Here are some pest tips you can use around your house and in your house without using any toxic pesticides.  None of these pests, or most other pests, require the regular spraying of pesticides by an exterminator. Want more tips on Organic Pest Control?

You can easily do your own pest control.

non toxic aphid control


Aphids will be active now after all the rain.  The best control is to routinely spray the plants with a pressure wash to dislodge the aphids which will fall to the ground and become prey for spiders and other predatory arthropods.  You can mix two cups of food grade diatomaceous earth in a gallon of water and spray the plants as well. Another good spray consists of ½ water and ½ Listerine mouthwash.  This spray will discourage lots of pests on your plants. This mixture is also a very good mosquito repellent.


You can also put some soapy water in a yellow bowl that will attract aphids which will drown. They are attracted to the color yellow.  You can also trap them by putting petroleum jelly or honey on yellow index cards.  You don’t want to spray pesticides as you will kill many insects that like to feed on aphids, such as praying mantids, ladybird beetles, green lacewing larvae, syrphid flies, soldier beetles and some wasps.  Spiders, small wrens and other birds feed on aphids and will be endangered by pesticides.

non toxic clover mites control

Clover mites

Clover mites are pests in various grasses and they often enter homes in large numbers as they may be concentrated in the grass next to a building.  They are pests of Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass as well as clover.  Although these mites will invade homes, they do not bite, transmit any diseases or do any damage.  They can be wiped up in a house with a soap and water rag.  Treating the grass around the house with a mixture of DE and water will help keep them under control.

non toxic spider control


Daddylonglegs are closely related to spiders.  They are also known as harvestmen.  They do not have venom glands like spiders so cannot deliver a painful bite.  They feed on a variety of foods, including small insects, plant material and fungi. They often congregate in large numbers on the side of a house near the eaves.  They do not bite and do no damage, but are just a nuisance by their presence.  The best thing to do is take a broom and sweep them down or hose them down.  If they come back, do it again.  They will eventually leave.

non toxic earwig pest control


Earwigs are small insects with a distinct pair of pincer-like appendages at the tip of their abdomen.  They feed on a variety of living and dead plant and animal material.  Normally they stay outside but occasionally wander in a home.  The best way to keep them out is to make sure your doors close tightly.  If not, you may want to install door sweeps.  You can trap a lot of earwigs outside by putting out a damp, rolled up newspaper in the yard.  The earwigs will crawl into the flaps of the paper at night. Just pick up the paper and dispose of it in the morning.

non toxic pest control gnats

Fungus gnats

Fungus gnats are very small flies with long legs and long antennae and distinctly patterned wings. They are dark brown or black in color. They are generally found in over-watered house plants where the larvae feed on fungus in the potting soil and moist organic material.  The best way to control them is to let the plants dry out almost to the point of wilting before re-watering.  That will kill the larvae in the soil.  Then put an inch of aquarium gravel on the soil to prevent female fungus gnats from laying anymore eggs in the potting soil.  You can also place a yellow sticky trap on a stick in the soil to catch the adult gnats.

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Richard Fagerlund



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