Hello. I have. HUGE problem with stinkbugs in my attic, which is also my sons room. All winter they have been living next to lights and on the windows during the day. Past articles I’ve read have stated there is no permanent way to get rid of them. Today was the first 90 degree day and I left the windows open (with screens on them) the room is loaded with them. I took my vacuum and sucked up as many as I could reach. I’m at my wits end with these things. I am going to try the product you sell for indoors. But I need to know if its safe to spray it in my sons room. He is only 2 and I’m a super paranoid first time mother who doesn’t like messing with chemicals. Last year we spent $200 on organic powder to get rid of fleas ( which failed to work). I live in the country, bugs are normal, but the stinkbugs have got to go. Thanks so much for your time.

First, we understand your concern regarding the use of chemicals around any room where a 2 year old is living. We feel such treatments should be kept minimal and only done when needed. The good news is that most of the applications will probably work best if done to the areas adjacent to your son’s room. The attic and outside of the structure would be most important. The stinkbugs being found in the living area can be vacuumed up and that will remain the best option for getting rid of the stinkbugs on the inside. But if you don’t dust the attic as explained in our Stinkbug Control article, they will continue to live there when it’s cold outside and from there migrate into living areas. Additionally, if you don’t spray the outside of the building both in the fall when they’re moving inside and then again in the spring when they’re moving outside, you will continue to have seasonal invaders. The treatment that’s needed in the bedroom is really limited since these are bugs which are there more out of mistake than any other reason. In other words, this is not a location where they are breeding so a very limited amount of application is really needed there.

The best products to use for getting rid of this pest will be those we have listed in our Stinkbug article. For the attic, the Deltamethrin Dust would be best. It will last many months and prevent them from using this area for reproducing. On the outside of the building, the Cypermethrin will knock them down and keep them away when you see them active in the fall and spring. It will be important to get treatments all the way up the side of the house and possibly on the roof if you suspect they are penetrating from this region. Lastly, the Baygon Aerosol can be used in the living area to treat the cracks and crevices where the stinkbugs may be hiding throughout the winter months; go with the PT-PHANTOM if you prefer an odorless spray. A good treatment done in the late fall could really help minimize the ones you see during this time.

Alternatively, you can use the organic equivalent products for all of the products listed above. Our Non Toxic Product listing is comprised of items which are made from food extracts and very safe for use in sensitive areas. They do work quite well  and can control stinkbugs. The only tradeoff will be the length of time the treatments last. For the attic, the ECO Dust or the MOTHERS EARTH DE DUST can be used in place of the Deltamethrin. For the outside, spraying, the ECO IC or the BUG PATROL be used in place of the Cypermethrin and for the inside living area, the ECO KO Aerosol or the HOUSE PLANT INSECT KILLER is a safe alternative to the Baygon. As is the case with all our products, you do need to keep children and pets away when doing any application but once the treatments dry, they can re enter treated rooms and go about normal activities. Stinkbugs can be a persistent problem but with the right products and applications, you can get rid of them.

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

Stinkbug Article:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/stinkbug.html

Deltamethrin Dust:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/deltamethrin-dust

Cypermethrin:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/viper-cypermethrin

Baygon Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/baygon-aerosol-14-oz

PT-Phantom:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz

ECO Dust:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/dust/eco-exempt-org-dust-10-oz

Mothers Earth Dust:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/dust/mother-earth-dust-8-oz

ECO IC:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal

Bug Patrol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/bug-patrol-32-oz-rts

ECO Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/aerosol/eco-exempt-org-ko-aero-14-oz

House Plant Killer:   http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/aerosol/houseplant-insect-killer-10-oz

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I think I have a problem with stink bugs. I found a few throughout the house, but I was working on a remodel and the ceiling to the attic was open and I saw 6 bugs in that small room in a short time. I have a 2 year old and 2 dogs and would like to know the danger of the chemicals and the best way to control them.

Stink bugs can become a big problem in the home if the invasion is left untreated. Our Stink Bug Control article explains the common ways they infest a home and based on your report, they are obviously acting inside at this point. Fortunately it doesn’t sound a like a major problem just yet and you should be able to get rid of them with a good dusting for now and a liquid treatment next fall.

First, review the article. Next, where you see the products listed you can click on them to learn more about each one. On those product pages you’ll find “alternative” product options. These are organic options that are non toxic to use but still effective. For your situation, I suggest you go with the alternative dust, liquid and aerosol options to avoid any cause for concern regarding your two year old. From those pages you can order directly or from this site since we have the organic Dust, Aerosol and Liquid posted here as well.

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I wanted a safe non toxic lawn granule and thought I had a seen some which used garlic as the active ingredient. I’ve looked around for them but couldn’t find any. Do you know of any garlic lawn granule being made and if not, what would be safe and non toxic to use?

We’re not aware of any garlic lawn granules currently being marketed but we do have some safe, organic options. The best we’ve seen right now is the ECO Exempt Lawn Granules. They use a clove and thyme oil as the active and definitely work on a wide range of pests including fleas, earwigs and crickets.

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My name is Darlene and I live on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies.  I am a plantain farmer

I have noticed that I have slugs and borers in the bodies of some of my plantains.  Of course I see them when cutting down the tree after fruiting.  Our Agriculture Dept. recommends the use of chemicals to kill pest problems here that I do not consider safe.

These borers are Black Weevils and tend to make the body of the plant weak and the plantain bunches smaller by some 30 percent.  All my gardening is done organically.

Please let me know if you can supply me with something to control the weevils and…of course the slugs are a problem too.  Also please advise me if your products are safe for organic farmers.

Most of the products we have listed on our site have been created for people like you; organic growers and farmers. The OMRI Listed products are the ones you can apply and stay in compliance with current organic growers guidelines. We attempt to carry only products which have been “listed” so what you find on our site should be Ok for you to use on your farm.

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Does the eco exempt ic kill the cicadakiller wasps and how do you apply it? thanks

ECO IC can be used for just about any insect including Cicadakiller wasps. It’s safe and effective. Just follow the directions we have posted in our cicadakiller control article and use the ECO IC in place of the Cypermethrin. Remember to add the ECO Adjuvant in place of the Spreader Sticker as this will insure good penetration of the ground nests as well as a quick kill.

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I have been to your main site and reviewed your product selection for carpenter bees, but I want to use something that’s non toxic to my kids. The bees are hanging around their play set and I’m afraid that anything I spray will be a danger to them. Are there any alternative options?

The products found on NON-TOXIC-PEST-CONTROL are all alternative or “safer” type sprays. These products have been categorized by the federal government as very safe to use because they have little to no impact on the local environment. In fact, these products are essentially exempt from all the general labeling requirements traditional pesticides must file and process before they can be sold. You can confidently apply any of the exempt products listed on our pages to the play set directly and it won’t pose a hazard to your family, pets or environment.

With this information, you can now use these “alternative” products in place of the pesticides. Though these won’t last as long they will cure the problem and should prove up to the task. The main difference will be you may have to apply more and do an extra treatment or two since you won’t be allowed nearly as much leeway in making a mistake.

The first thing you should do is to go back to our CARPENTER BEE CONTROL ARTICLE and identify if you would want to use the dust or liquid concentrate for your particular problem. For example, DRIONE is recommended for dusting nests in our article. On this site, you’ll find MOTHERS EARTH DE DUST, which is a great alternative, as is the CONCERN DE DUST. Apply them with a BULB DUSTER and you’ll take care of any carpenter bee nest directly treated with either material.

In place of the CYPERMETHRIN, a true pesticide, you can opt for the INSECT REPELLENT listed on this site. It won’t kill foraging bees but it will do a good job of repelling them from your structure which in turn will prevent new nests from forming.

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

Carpenter Bee Article:  http://www.carpenterbees.com/carpenter-bee-control

Drione Dust: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page256.html

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

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

Bulb Duster:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/dusters/hand-dusters/crusader-hand-duster

Cypermethrin:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page259.html

Insect Repellent: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/repellents/nbs-repellent-insect-spray

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