Now that the risk of COVID is becoming less serious, many of us are excited to be heading back to our favourite pubs and restaurants. However, with an increase in stray food, shelter and warmth, there has unfortunately also been an increase in pest infestations, which, as expected, can spread serious diseases as well as destruction to properties. These risks are alarming, and it can definitely be tempting to rush into using harsh pesticide solutions, however, these have terrible implications on both your carbon footprint, and the surrounding areas of your property. Integrated pest management, which offers natural solutions is therefore a much better option for both your businesses and your home. We have teamed up with Greenway IPM to offer you the best tips for more sustainable pest control.
Working with the Natural Environment
To combat insect infestations, it can be useful to plant insectary plants, such as basil, mint or marigold. These plants are likely to produce nectar, therefore encouraging honeybees to visit the garden, which both pollinate your plants, and additionally deter harmful insects.
Another tip would be to create a garden environment that attracts beneficial bird and mammal species. They will not only significantly reduce the number of harmful insects that can damage your plants and cause unwarranted infestations, but they also make your garden appear more natural, and therefore aesthetically pleasing.
Rodents pose a bigger problem, both physically and financially. Therefore, the best method to combat a rodent infestation is prevention, and Greenway IPM suggests several methods to achieve this:
- Firstly, it is important to block any holes and crevasses that seem an obvious location for rats and mice to enter your property. As a further suggestion, you could place natural substances in those areas to hinder rodent entry, such as mothballs or peppermint extract.
- Another important method of prevention would be to remove any food left out in open areas. This includes fallen fruit from any fruit trees that your garden may have, (especially during the Autumn months).
It is necessary to be extra careful when implementing methods of bird control, because certain species of birds are protected by the government, and therefore need to be handled tentatively. Some methods that Greenway IPM suggests for bird control are:
- Reflective bird tape – this technique is easy and affordable. The tape will reflect unexpected light at approaching birds, and therefore deter them from your property.
- Liquid bird repellents can also be used. You can spray the bird-infested areas with a liquid solution that these birds find unpleasant, encouraging them to flee the area. Along with Greenway IPM’s ethos, it is important to select an eco-friendly repellent, with only natural ingredients, that will deter the birds without physically harming them.
Greenway IPM suggests that implementing methods to prevent pests is therefore a far better option than eradicating them once they’ve already infested your property. If the second option is necessary, then it would be advisable to call a team of integrated pest management professionals to step in.