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Can the Safer insect control be used around pets? I have a cat who munches plants at times.

Generally speaking yes. The rule to follow here is if the product you want to use is labeled for "organic gardening" and includes labeling for use on vegetables, fruits, etc., there will be no measurable risk to you or pets.

You see, the only way anything can get this kind of liberal labeling is if it's safe enough to be ingested in small amounts. Furthermore, anything labeled this way will essentially be gone in a day so again, there is little to no hazard presented to people or animals even when such products are used on plants.

Now if you're unsure about the product you want to try, send another inquiry and we'll be specific. In fact the Safer brand makes products that aren't labeled for such use but most of what we have on this site is. And here is an example of such a product that would be safe enough:

Organic Insect Killer:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we're open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Jonathan
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I have a small wasp nest behind/inside my driver's side door rear view mirror. I was looking at your Mother Earth dust, which sounds like it would be a good idea. I have two questions, however.

First, you suggest doing it in the middle of the day. Would it not be better to do at night when they are dormant and in the nest and less likely to come swarming out and sting me?

My second question is will this deter them from coming back to nest here again? And if not, do you have a product that would do this?

Thank you for you help. Margaret.

In fact this would be a great option. Unfortunately the Mothers Earth Dust was discontinued earlier this year. A really good replacement option is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH listed here:

DE Dust: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/concern-diatomaceous-earth

It can be applied with our HAND DUSTER and all it will take is 3-4 puffs to do the job. I would expect any wasps in the nest to die within 5-10 minutes of the treatment. I also expect the area to hold the dust well which means it will last for a long time following the treatment thus insuring they don't return. So that means all you need to do is dust and you'll be done with this issue.

Hand Duster: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/equipment/hand-duster

Lastly, we generally recommend treating during the day because that's when it's most likely that most if not all of the inhabitants of the nest will be out foraging for food. Of course there is always the chance of some being around but you see in the evening, they all return to the nest and settle in for the night so treating at night means there will no doubt be a lot around. Furthermore some wasps keep "guard" wasps close to the entry of the nest during the evening to act as security and prevent any foreign invasions. I'm sure you'd be a target should this species have such guards and at night, the chances of encountering them are much higher.

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I'vе оnlу асtuаllу ѕееn а соuрlе оf thеm (mоrе lіkе саtеrріllаrѕ), but I аm fіndіng а соuрlе оf tоmаtоеѕ dаіlу wіth wоrmhоlеѕ. What do you have that's safe and non toxic I can apply?

Since the problem is on tomato plants, you need to use something organic and we've got two options that work great.

The best one is the MULTI PURPOSE SPRAY. This concentrate is mixed with water and applied with a PUMP SPRAYER to the plants. It will kill them on contact and can be used as frequently as needed. Usually 1-2 treatments will knock out the current infestation and once they're gone, you can go to something longer lasting.

And the longer lasting product is BT DUST. This product won't kill anything until the targeted pest eats some of your vegetables or the plants you're growing. At that point the tiny bacteria in the dust will get inside the insect and it will die within a few days.

Organic Insect Killer: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

BT Dust: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/bt-garden-dust

Pump Sprayer: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/equipment/pump-sprayer

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Which of your products is best to get rid of Gecko, Squirrels and lizards? Are you products sold in stores?

First, our products are not sold in stores. We primarily sell to pest control service companies that specialize in doing organic pest control. But we do ship all over the world and 99.9% of all orders placed on line are shipped within 1 business day.

Second, the best product to get rid of a Gecko problem is PEST RID GRANULES and PEST RID SPRAY. Basically what you should do is first spread the Pest Rid Granules out over the area where you want to get rid of the gecko. Next, spray the same area down with the Pest Rid Spray.

If the problem is in the home, spray the Pest Rid around any point of entry like garage doors, door ways, windows, rain gutters and other places where geckos like to hang out and nest. Inside the home set out some LIZARD TRAPS.

For squirrels, it's pretty much the same but we have more information posted here:

Squirrel Repellent: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/squirrels/non-toxic-squirrel-repellent.html

The Pest Rid  and Lizard Traps can be seen here:

Pest Rid Granules:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/pest-rid-repellent-granules

Pest Rid Spray: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/repellents/pest-rid-exempt-insect-animal-repellent

Lizard Traps: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/glue-traps/lizard-trap

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Will Concern MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER kill stink bugs on plants in both their early stages and when they are mature? Is there something better –and organic? Thanks, Amy

Stinkbugs are strong and in general, tough to kill. They have a natural type of "body armor" which makes them somewhat impervious to common insecticides because most sprays will "roll off" and not penetrate which is vital if it's to succeed and kill them.

MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER is the strongest organic spray we've found for vegetable gardens. Remember, not all sprays are labeled for use on plants that yield a crop for human consumption but this product is okay for such use and it works. Add to the tank mix some EXEMPT SPREADER STICKER and it will kill all stages within a day. The only shortcoming of this product is that it won't last too long. This means if you don't start treating early and allow a large population to develop, you will have to treat 2-3 times a week to get rid of them. Once under control, treating 2-3 times a month will usually keep the problem away.

Now if you don't intend on treating plants that will yield vegetables or fruit, the BUG PATROL would be a stronger option and yet still be organic. It will work faster and last longer providing a good 1-2 weeks of residual. Since you weren't clear on what type of plants you wanted to treat, I can't answer you directly but the choice would be one of these two if you wanted an organic spray concentrate.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Multipurpose Insect Killer:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

Spreader Sticker: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/misc/eco-adjuvant-spreader-sticker

Bug Patrol:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/bug-patrol-rts

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I hаvе ants оut іn mу yard аnd I'm lооkіng fоr а nontoxic spray оr granule I саn apply. I ѕее уоu hаvе ѕеvеrаl chemicals thаt уоu offer but dо уоu hаvе аnуthіng that's natural оr organic? I afraid tо uѕе аnуthіng tоо strong аrоund mу garden.

We hаvе ѕеvеrаl nоn toxic ant control sprays аnd bait thаt саn bе uѕеd safely аrоund уоur home. Mаnу оf thеѕе uѕе natural food extracts аnd oils аѕ thеіr active ingredients аnd pose lіttlе іf аnу hazard tо people, pets аnd thе local environment. Thеѕе natural products аrе non-toxic аnd уеt vеrу effective. Thе liquid alternative іѕ ECO IC аnd іѕ basically mixed wіth water аnd sprayed оntо thе home оr іn thе yard. It works quickly, wіll provide ѕеvеrаl weeks оf protection аnd саn kеер ants оff thе home ѕо thеу won't nest оn it. It саn safely bе uѕеd аrоund аnу garden wіthоut саuѕе fоr concern.

But whеn іt соmеѕ tо ants, gеttіng thе entire yard іѕ important ѕо thе uѕе оf ѕоmе kind оf lawn granule іѕ оftеn times required fоr long term protection ѕо уоu don't hаvе tо spray оvеr аnd over. Thе alternative option hеrе wоuld bе thе ECO LAWN GRANULES. Lіkе thе spray, thеѕе granules аrе vеrу safe compared tо оthеr mоrе traditional granules іn thаt thеѕе uѕе essential oils аѕ thеіr active ѕо thеу won't harm thе environment. In mоѕt cases, applying thеѕе fіrѕt tо thе turf аnd thеn spraying оvеr thе top wіth thе ECO IC wіll tаkе care оf аll уоur insect problems.

Here are direct links to the products listed above:

ECO IC:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/eco-exempt-ic-concentrate

ECO Granules:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/eco-exempt-granules

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Frоgѕ аrе соmmоn thrоughоut thе wоrld. Thеrе аrе оvеr 85 ѕресіеѕ hеrе іn thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. Thе mоѕt соmmоn ѕресіеѕ іnсludе trееfrоgѕ, tоаdѕ аnd bullfrоgѕ. Trееfrоgѕ аnd bullfrоgѕ аrе mоѕt соmmоn whеrе thеrе іѕ аdеquаtе wаtеr fоr thеіr ѕurvіvаl аnd rерrоduсtіоn. Tоаdѕ аrе mоrе рrеvаlеnt whеrе іt іѕ drу. Thоugh trееfrоgѕ аrе соnѕіdеrеd bеnеfісіаl bесаuѕе thеу еаt іnѕесtѕ, іn ѕоmе саѕеѕ lосаl рорulаtіоnѕ саn bесоmе а nuіѕаnсе.

TREE FROG PROBLEMS

Trееfrоgѕ саn bесоmе а рrоblеm fоr mаnу rеаѕоnѕ. Trееfrоgѕ mоѕtlу lіvе іn trееѕ but wіll fіnd thеіr wау оntо hоmеѕ. Onсе thеrе, thеу wіll nеѕt аnd hіdе bеhіnd ѕhuttеrѕ, undеr ѕіdіng аnd аnуwhеrе аwау frоm ѕunlіght durіng thе dау. At nіght thеу wіll еmеrgе tо fееd. Thе рrоblеm wіth hаvіng trееfrоgѕ оn уоur hоmе іѕ thаt thеу tеnd tо mаkе а mеѕѕ. Thеіr drорріngѕ wіll quісklу ассumulаtе bеlоw whеrе thеу аrе nеѕtіng. Trееfrоg drорріngѕ lооk а lоt lіkе rаt drорріngѕ аnd саn еаѕіlу fооl реорlе іntо bеlіеvіng thеу hаvе а rоdеnt рrоblеm.

TREE FROG DROPPINGS

If уоu аrе fіndіng thеѕе drорріngѕ аlоng wіndоw ѕіllѕ оr bеlоw ѕесtіоnѕ оf уоur hоmе аnd ѕuѕресt trееfrоgѕ аrе tо blаmе, dо а thоrоugh іnѕресtіоn оf thе аrеа. Trее frоgѕ wіll соmе оut аt nіght tо fееd but bу dауbrеаk wіll сrаwl bеhіnd ѕhuttеrѕ аnd іntо сrасkѕ аnd сrеvісеѕ аttеmрtіng tо аvоіd thе ѕun. Trее frоgѕ lіkе thеѕе аrеаѕ tо bе wеll ѕhаdеd, tіght аnd соmрrеѕѕеd. Wіndоw frаmеѕ, ѕіdіng, rаіn guttеrѕ, оvеrhаngіng brісkѕ аnd fасіа bоаrdѕ аll рrеѕеnt рrіmе trее frоg nеѕt ѕіtеѕ. Anу kіnd оf ѕmаll gар іn thеѕе lосаtіоnѕ аrе whаt thе trее frоgѕ lіkе.

TREE FROG TREATMENTS

Bесаuѕе mаnу іnѕесtѕ lіkе thеѕе ѕаmе аrеаѕ, wе'vе bееn ѕеllіng сhеmісаl trеаtmеntѕ thаt hаvе bееn tаrgеtіng реѕtѕ lіkе wаѕрѕ, аntѕ аnd rоасhеѕ fоr thеѕе еxасt lосаtіоnѕ. And іn thе рrосеѕѕ wе'vе hаd mаnу сuѕtоmеrѕ rероrt tо uѕ thаt thеіr trеаtmеntѕ drоvе оut trее frоgѕ tоо. Thоugh thе trеаtmеntѕ dоn't kіll thе frоgѕ, іt'ѕ оbvіоuѕ thеу еіthеr dоn't lіkе thе ѕрrау оr thеу mоvе аwау bесаuѕе thеу dоn't hаvе nеаrlу аѕ muсh fооd рrіоr tо thе іnѕесt trеаtmеntѕ bеіng dоnе. Thе fоllоwіng іѕ thе lіѕt оf рrоduсtѕ wе'vе lеаrnеd tо bе thе ѕtrоngеѕt аnd mоѕt rереllеnt tо trее frоgѕ.

INSECT CONTROL SPRAY

If уоu hаvе lаrgе аrеаѕ whеrе trее frоgѕ аrе асtіvе аnd іt'ѕ оut іn thе ореn, уоu rеаllу nееd tо ѕрrау tо rеduсе trее frоg fооd. Bу rеduсіng thе lосаl fооd, trее frоgѕ wіll mоvе оff уоur рrореrtу.

Thе bеѕt соnсеntrаtе tо ѕрrау fоr lаrgе аrеаѕ thаt саn hаndlе а wіdе rаngе оf реѕtѕ іѕ саllеd NBS INSECT REPELLENT.It'ѕ lаbеlеd fоr uѕе оn trееѕ, buѕhеѕ аnd рlаntѕ аnd thоugh іt tаrgеtѕ іnѕесtѕ, іt wоn't hurt аnу оf thе frоgѕ. Uѕе а HOSE END SPRAYER tо brоаdсаѕt trеаtmеntѕ оvеr рlаntѕ whеrе trее frоgѕ аrе асtіvе. Thе суреrmеthrіn wіll bоth соntrоl іnѕесtѕ аnd rереl trее frоgѕ. Yоu саn аlѕо uѕе thе trеаtmеnt оn уоur hоuѕе ѕіdіng. Trее frоgѕ lоvе tо nеѕt bеhіnd ѕhuttеrѕ, guttеrѕ аnd dоwnѕроutѕ аnd ѕрrауіng суреrmеthrіn іn thеѕе аrеаѕ саn rеаllу hеlр.

TREE FROG REPELLENT DUST

Anоthеr рrоduсt thаt саn bе аррlіеd tо bоth tаkе аwау trее frоg fооd аnd mаkе thеіr lіvіng ѕрасеѕ unсоmfоrtаblе іѕ DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Trее frоgѕ nееd mоіѕturе аnd Dіаtоmасеоuѕ Eаrth wоrkѕ аѕ а dеѕѕісаnt tо thеіr ѕkіn. Thіѕ іѕ vеrу unсоmfоrtаblе fоr thеm аnd саuѕе thеm tо mоvе аwау frоm trеаtеd аrеаѕ.  Duѕt аnу сrасk уоu fіnd wіth DE Duѕt uѕіng а  HAND DUSTER  аnd dо thіѕ аnnuаllу fоr оngоіng рrоtесtіоn.

TREE FROG REPELLENT SPRAY

Lаѕtlу, ѕрrау аnу аrеа whеrе trее frоgѕ аrе rооѕtіng wіth PEST RID SPRAY. Thіѕ іѕ а vеrу ѕаfе, fеdеrаllу еxеmрt lіquіd mаdе frоm аll nаturаl іngrеdіеntѕ thаt wоrk bу rереllіng rеlеаѕіng а ѕсеnt сеrtаіn аnіmаlѕ саn dеtесt аnd dоn't lіkе. Frоgѕ, ѕnаkеѕ аnd lіzаrdѕ dоn't lіkе Pеѕt Rіd аnd іt саn bе uѕеd ѕаfеlу іnѕіdе аnd оutѕіdе thе hоmе. Sрrау іt оn hоuѕе ѕіdіng, рlаntѕ, trееѕ аnd bаѕісаllу аnуwhеrе trее frоgѕ аrе rооѕtіng. Pеѕt Rіd саn bе аррlіеd аѕ frеquеntlу аѕ іѕ nееdеd but а рrореr trеаtmеnt ѕhоuld lаѕt ѕеvеrаl wееkѕ. Whеn fіrѕt trеаtіng, іf trее frоgѕ rеturn іn а wееk, trеаt аgаіn аnd uѕе mоrе. Wіth Pеѕt Rіd, уоu саn't hurt thе рlаntѕ оr ѕurrоundіng аrеа ѕо uѕе mоrе аnd mоrе tіll уоu gеt еnоugh аррlіеd ѕо thе trее frоgѕ dоn't rеturn. Onсе thеу'rе gоnе, уоu саn еxресt tо gо 1-2 mоnthѕ іn bеtwееn trеаtmеntѕ.

Trее frоgѕ саn bесоmе а nuіѕаnсе аrоund thе hоmе. Thоugh nоt соmmоnlу thоugh оf аѕ а реѕt, trееfrоg соntrоl mау bе nееdеd whеn рорulаtіоnѕ аrе lеft tо grоw wіth nо nаturаl рrеdаtоrѕ. If уоu hаvе а lосаl рорulаtіоn оn уоur hоmе mаkіng а mеѕѕ аnd wаnt tо gеt thе trееfrоgѕ tо rеlосаtе, ѕtаrt аррlуіng ѕоmе оf thе рrоduсtѕ wе hаvе lіѕtеd аbоvе. Wіthіn а wееk оr twо уоu'll nоtісе lеѕѕ асtіvіtу аnd іf уоu trеаt еvеrу mоnth оr ѕо, thеу wіll ѕtау аwау fоr gооd.

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We have a never ending flea infestation that seems to be worse in our living room. Every time we try to watch tv one of us will get a flea on them. This has been going on for months now. I have sprayed several times and the dog doesn't show anything on it but we seem to find them. Where are they coming from and what can I use? The spray I've been using is an organic orange scented, natural spray that seems to work when you spray live fleas but they keep coming back. I like it but it's just not strong enough anymore. What can we use that won't be a danger to me or the kids?

It sounds like the spray you've been using is killing adult fleas but not getting flea eggs or their larvae. This is critical to solving flea problems. Most any organic liquid spray won't last long and therein lies the problem. Fleas are very hard to kill in their egg stage and the third stage is known as a pupae which is even tougher to kill. Few if any products are effective at killing them which is why fleas can last a long time once you get them. I'm certain what you have happening right now is the fleas that are in the third stage are maturing and hatching out when everyone settles down to watch some tv. And until they've run out, the problem will persist.

So to get them to run out, you must treat with something that will last longer than the spray you've been using. A great choice for this is the FIRST DEFENSE ONCE A YEAR FLEA POWDER. This is a very fine, highly refined boron based granule. It's 100% pure and very safe for use around people and pets. The great thing about these granules is that treatments will last for several months and once the problem is gone, up to a year. But if need be, you can use it over and over without posing a danger to anyone or any pet in the home. This way if you choose to deep clean furniture or carpeting and most of the product gets removed, you can reapply it without worrying about over applying.

To treat, apply 1 lb per 400 sq/ft. Do this by lightly sprinkling it out over the carpet, under furniture cushions and under any tables and other places pets or pet hair may accumulate. Once applied, "rake" it in attempting to get the product down to the nap of the carpet where all the flea eggs, larvae and pupae tend to hide. The granules will start working within a few days. And in doing so, no new flea eggs will be able to develop which in turn will stop the cycle.

The second thing you need to do is install several FLEA TRAPS throughout the home. These do a great job of getting flea pupae to hatch as well as alert you to any places in the home you may have missed and not treated with the First Defense. Many times people are surprised where fleas are very much active and I suspect there is some place else you've been neglecting that is breeding them. Once installed for a few days, these flea traps will pick up any fleas that are within a 20 foot radius so if my hunch is right, you'll be able to target these other locations and get them treated too.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

First Defense Powder:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/organic_flea_powder.html

Flea Traps:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/flea-trap

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For thе раѕt fеw months I've bееn ѕееіng damage lіkе chewing оn mу deck. I couldn't figure оut whаt іt wаѕ ѕо I set оut mу trail cam аnd  discovered thе animals chewing аrе squirrels. Thіѕ іѕ mу cabin (2nd house) аnd I оnlу gо thеrе оnсе а month. Hоw саn I stop them? Thе damage іѕ gеttіng pretty noticeable.

Squirrel chewing deck

Squirrel chewing deck

Go with the PEST RID SPRAY. It's a non toxic squirrel repellent that's made with food grade actives so it won't hurt them or the environment. But squirrels are pretty persistent and I be they'll move to another area to chew so you'll need to keep spraying anything they target. Now if you spray most of the areas they like the first time, they could move away to another yard for good.

Another more permanent solution is to trap out any that come around. Use our economical SQUIRREL TRAP which is easy to set and very efficient. Once captured, you can relocate the animal elsewhere at least 10 miles away and that should do the job.

Lastly, consider installing some ultra sound devices. One that works well for squirrels is known as the YARD GARD. If уоu set it uр undеr thе deck аnd pointing tо thе areas whеrе they're chewing, I'm ѕurе іt wіll kеер thеm away. Thе unit wіll hаvе tо bе set tо run continuously so the included AC adaptor should be used.

In summary, I'd nоrmаllу recommend thе trapping option fоr long term control. But based оn thе circumstances оf thіѕ situation, I'd ѕау thе Yard Gard іѕ thе wау tо gо fоr а fix that's easy аnd effective. Good luck!

Pest Rid Spray: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/repellents/pest-rid-exempt-insect-animal-repellent

Live Trap: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/small-live-trap

Yard Gard: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/ultra-sound-pest-repeller

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We have seen several scorpions around out deck and patio the past month. Last year we only saw this many for the whole year. Now I'm afraid they're moving inside my house because there was a dead on in our living room behind the couch. I need some kind of non toxic spray or granules for the yard and maybe for the house too. I've looked at your products but mostly they look like garden sprays? What can I use that will be the least toxic for scorpions? I'm just afraid if I don't start treating now I'll be seeing a whole bunch and they just creep me out!

We have a few products that can handle scorpions fine. And though they're relatively a lot less toxic than traditional pesticides, these will all work as long as you apply them where it will matter and you do so throughout the year. The key thing with scorpions is that they're predatory feeding on other insects. This means they have to forage to find food. Now in general they'll do this at night and  you'll never know it's happening. But if you don't treat the areas with activity soon, this activity will no doubt increase and eventually you will be seeing a whole lot more.

So what should you do? For starters, apply some ECO ESSENTRIA GRANULES to the turf, pine islands, flower beds, mulch piles and other areas around the home. These granules use food grade actives that are federally exempt from being registered because the government knows they're safe for use around people and pets. In most cases, applying them every month will take care of all the insects around the home and this program will most likely take care of any nesting outside right away as well as keep new ones from coming back.

For the inside, I suggest you set out some SCORPION TRAPS right away. They'll do a great job of catching a wide range of pests and in doing so, alert you to problems you may have missed inside the home. Now if you start finding scorpions or something else in the traps, inside treatments will most definitely be needed.

At that point, I'd recommend treating with DE DUST. This is essentially Diatomaceous Earth which is highly effective on a wide range of pests including scorpions. The dust should kill any that come in contact with the dust but more importantly, you can use it to treat wall voids and other hidden spaces which many pests like to use for nesting. Once treated, these areas will not be useable by any insect so you'll not only be taking away the scorpion food they're seeking, you'll be making these treated areas uninhabitable by any pest. And the dust lasts a long time; up to 6-12 if it  keeps dry.

Here are links to the products mentioned above:

Essentria Granules:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/eco-exempt-granules

Scorpion Traps:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/eco-exempt-granules

DE Dust:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/mothers-earth-diatomaceous-dust

And if you want to read up more on scorpion control, here is a great article that covers all you'll need to know as well as listing "stronger" scorpion products which you might consider if the problem gets substantially worse.

Scorpion Control:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/scorpions.html

 

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I need something nontoxic for ladybugs. Right now they're flying around my kitchin so I can't spray anythin strong. I also see them outside my house on the brick around the deck. They're just sitting there in big clumps but they're alive and moving a little. It's been warm this past week and all of a sudden they're coming alive. What can I spray outside and what about inside?

There is a species of ladybugs that was introduced to the United States to help combat garden pests like aphids. These ladybugs (actually the species is called Asian Lady Beetles) are quite hardy and won't die in the winter. Instead they'll hibernate on buildings and anything that stays warm. If the building is inhabited, they'll come inside seeking warmth and clearly that's what you have happening now in your kitchen.

For the ladybugs inside, the least toxic approach to use is to set out our LADYBUG LIGHT TRAP. This device works great on stink bugs and ladybugs. Basically it works by attracting them with both a pheromone lure and a special UV light. Once they enter the trap, they fall into the holding tank and die. These traps work best at night, when all the other lights are off, and the ladybugs won't see anything but the light of this trap. Set one in every room which has ladybugs and you'll quickly trap out any active in the area.

For the outside, you spray the side of the house with the organic concentrate we have listed called BUG PATROL. This product is  approved for organic gardening and is safe to use around the home and yard. It comes in a "ready to spray" jug that attaches to the garden hose and uses the power of your water supply to spray. Bug Patrol is strong enough to handle these beetles and will provide a week or so of residual. But if you see them returning after one week, treat again. One of the tradeoffs of using something organic is that it won't last a long time like some of the traditional sprays.

Light Trap:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/ladybug-light-trap

Bug Patrol:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/bug-patrol-rts

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What would be a good non-toxic bug spray for my garden? I grow vegetables and every year get white flies and beetles. I don't want anything toxic but I'm getting tired of picking off all the bugs.

We have a few products approved for organic gardening that you can use on vegetables. Our two big sellers is the MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER and the 3 IN1 CONCENTRATE. If you have nothing but insects to kill, go with the Multipurpose because it will handle anything. You can treat as often as is needed but most people find once a week is enough and less often as the season grows late in the summer and fall.

The 3 In 1 has more actives including a fungicide and spreader sticker so it's a more complete spray. Use this concentrate if you're dealing with a wide range of pests but also plant fungus.

Both products are approved for organic gardening and will dissipate within a day or two of being applied so they pose little to no hazard when used on plants that will generate some kind of fruit or vegetable.

Organic Insect Killer: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

3 in 1 Spray: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/concentrates/3-in-1-fim-32-oz

 

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I'm looking for a non toxic roach killer. I've been seeing big and tiny roaches in my kitchen but refuse to bait because I have a pet doggie that eats everything. He even eats the dead roaches! Gross!! So I'm looking for a spray or dust of some kind I can put out that's non toxic to me or my family.

We have a few products that can be used safely around pets and people that work well on roaches. The first is DE DUST. You'll need a HAND DUSTER to apply it and using this tool you'll want to blow the dust under cabinets, into wall voids and other spaces where roaches are known to hide. Any dust that falls out in the open can be wiped up with a wet rag or paper towel and it will be gone or neutralized.

For spray, go with the BED BUG RID which is labeled for roaches too. This is a true spray and it's exempt from federal registration because it is so safe to use. More importantly, it actually kills roaches dead so for the baseboards and other open areas where you're seeing roaches and can't use the dust, spray the Bed Bug Rid.

Lastly, set out ROACH TRAPS along walls and inside the cabinets or pantry where you see them. The roach traps are safe around people and pets too and contain no poison. They use a special roach pheromone that will attract roaches inside where they get stuck to the glue.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

DE Dust: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/concern-diatomaceous-earth

Hand Duster: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/equipment/hand-duster

Bed Bug Rid: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/exempt-products/bed-bug-exempt-insect-killer

Roach Traps: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/roach-trap

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I'm looking for a non toxic snake spray I can use inside my house. My house is built over a dirt crawl space and the snakes love it. They come inside during the winter to hibernate and in the summer to avoid the heat. I tried using snake away but it smells so bad my whole house started stinking. I found out it uses toxic moth balls and I don't want to breath the stuff all the time but I need something to keep them out. Any kind of organic spray available?

The best snake repellent for use inside is the PEST RID GRANULES and PEST RID SPRAY. Apply the granules throughout the space focusing on the foundation walls and any supporting pillars. Snakes will naturally stay close to this part of the space. If the foundation wall is made with cement blocks, try to get some granules into this space too since snakes love living in hollow chambers of hollow block.

Next, spray over the top with the Pest Rid Spray. Be sure to spray the foundation walls too, and up to the where the floor joists and sill plate rest on it. Snakes will commonly forage in these areas and if you only treat the ground, they'll simply move up above your application.

Lastly, apply a band of SNAKE OUT around the entire outside perimeter of the home. Unlike the snake away, Snake Out  and Pest Rid are made with natural ingredients and exempt from federal registration because they're so safe to use around the home. This means you won't be exposed to anything nearly as strong as the actives found in snake away.

As for the length of control; the inside treatments with Pest Rid will last 30-60 days. The outside treatments with Snake Out will last about 2-4 weeks.

Here are direct links to products listed above:

Pest Rid Granules: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/pest-rid-repellent-granules

Pest Rid Spray: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/repellents/pest-rid-exempt-insect-animal-repellent

Snake Out Granules:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/granules/snake-out-exempt-repellent

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Dear Jonathan,

Your information about CONFUSED FLOUR BEETLES is helpful. My concern is that applying the insecticide around food would be harmful. After cleaning the cabinet and discarding the contaminated food, would the pheromone beetle traps alone be effective? I don't like the idea of spraying toxic stuff around where I store food.

Please advise. Thank you very much!

If you have been able to identify all the confused flour beetle infested food and discarded it along with thoroughly cleaning out the cabinet, you could opt to just set out some FLOUR BEETLE TRAPS. This alone won't solve the problem should it turn out they are nesting in some hidden void. So if the trap starts capturing more then 2-3 beetles, you will probably need to treat.

A relatively safe product to consider is the TOPIA AEROSOL. It's federally exempt from needing a registration number because it uses actives that are safe for use around people and pets. If beetles start appearing in the cabinet or traps, it means they must be in some food item you missed or maybe a hidden wall void or cabinet space. It's here you would want to apply the Topia and if done correctly, there should be no exposure to anything being stored in the cabinet anyway.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Flour Beetle Traps: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/pantry-patrol-beetle-weevil-trap

Topia: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/aerosols/topia-exempt-aerosol

Confused Flour Beetles: http://www.bugspray.com/article/confusedflour.html

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