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Cut Out The Chemicals - Organic Pest Control Options

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Pest control typically involves using chemicals and non-organic components that will essentially poison the pests. For many people, this means choosing between using chemicals they don't approve of or living with pests. Thankfully, you actually have some organic pest control options that can help without making you compromise your beliefs and lifestyle. Here are some options you can try at home to remove pests organically.

Hedge Apples

Hedge apples are the inedible fruits provided by the Osage Orange tree. These large green "apples" or "balls" have been used for years as a type of organic pest control. One study confirms that hedge apples do indeed exude a chemical that can act as a repellant to many types of insects.

To use the hedge apples, simply slice the balls and place them in enclosed spaces, such as under cabinets or in crawl spaces. Notably effective for spider control, place these hedge apples where you commonly find spiders.


Pyrethrum is a product made from the dried flowers of Tanacetum cinerariifolium. This fabulously effective pest control is both organic and very versatile. You can buy it in bulk powder form or mix the dried flower form with warm water for a great pest product. Pyrethrum is able to rid your home, yard and garden of nearly a dozen different types of pests. However, remember that pyrethrum can also harm beneficial insects such as ladybugs and honeybees, so use caution.

Peppermint Oil

If you have been struggling with a mice infestation, try using a few drops of 100% pure peppermint essential oil on cotton balls. Place the soaked cotton balls where you find signs of the mice. For whatever reason, mice are repelled by peppermint, and this pleasantly scented oil is highly effective to rid homes and buildings of mice without dangerous chemicals.

You can also mix the oil with water and use it as a spray. Be sure to regularly replace the cotton balls or re-spray, as peppermint oil will eventually dissipate.

These are just three out of hundreds of organic options for pest control. You may have to use a trial and error method to find which one works best for your particular pest control, but don't give up – you don't have to use synthetic chemicals but can instead find all-organic pest killers and repellants! From garlic to soap to SOS pads, you can find a huge array of old-fashioned yet effective organic pest control methods. For more advice, speak directly with professionals like Affordable Pest Control Inc.