Toxin-Free Pest Control Solutions | Dr. Killigan’s
Every pest control advertisement seems to have the answer to your insect issue. Unfortunately, it usually involves the use of over-the-counter sprays filled with harsh chemicals that you cannot pronounce, or the need for you and your family to evict the area so a bug guy can do their thing. There has to be a better way, right? One that doesn’t involve subjecting your children and pets to poisonous clouds just to rid your home of common pests. But what are the best non-toxic pest control solutions? What do you do when you need to get rid of ants, roaches, flies, and bedbugs?
Types of Indoor Pests
There are many types of indoor pests. And the types of toxin free solutions you need are determined by which insect is invading your space. Be wary though, because each individual bug carries its own dangers. From minor allergic reactions to diseases, each warrants special attention.
Ants – There are several species of ants from Sugar ants to Fire ants. They can all be a menace in and around the home. Each ant is in search of water, and to feed off a variety of items, including sweets, meats, grease, and even other insects. They get into your home through cracks, crevices, holes, and damaged areas in your home’s structure.
Roaches – These filthy critters are scavengers that will feed on anything. They thrive around unsanitary conditions, and once they arrive, they are difficult to get rid of. They are known to spread diseases like E. coli and Salmonella. Like ants, the common German Roach can come in through faults in the structure of the home. Larger roaches like the American and Oriental Roach can actually come in through the plumbing of the home.
Flies – Flies simply fly in through an open door or window. They can also spread E. coli and Salmonella through cross-contamination. Flies lay their eggs on feces and decaying matter, then land on your counters and edible items. This can be troublesome, especially if you have pets. It is suggested to clean up after pets promptly, keep trash cans closed, and trash taken out often.
Moths – Moths can come in through an open door or more troubling, on an item you bring in from the grocery store. The most commonly infested items are bags of rice, grains, flour, or even pet food. Pantry Moths can be in warehouses or the store itself, lay eggs in the item, and then you bring it home unknowingly. Clothing Moths come in through infested clothing. Even new garments can be tainted from a warehouse. Moths don’t really carry diseases; in fact, many people ingest moth eggs or larvae and don’t even know it.
Bedbugs – Bed bugs get a little more complex. They are hitchhikers. They come in from places you have been, or from places your guests have been. They do like to live in areas where people sleep, but that is not confined to a bed. It could include a couch, chair, or anywhere people sit for an extended period. They travel from place to place via suitcases, purses, backpacks, clothing, or on the furniture itself. Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, but a bite can become infected from irritation.
Fleas and Ticks – These pet dwellers can quickly infest a home—no explaining here on how they get in. The main difference is that fleas will remain with a pet for the duration of their life and ticks, for the most part, once they feed, will detach, and they are done. They often drop off and may not attach to that host again. Ticks are known to spread Lyme Disease, and fleas can spread a feverish disease known as typhus.
Types of Outdoor Pests
Outdoor pests can be equally as bothersome. Most do not invade your inner space, but if you spend time on a porch, have a pool, or have other outdoor hobbies, then outdoor insects can be a high priority for you.
Wasps – Wasps can be very aggressive, and they will sting with very little provocation. Wasps can also sting multiple times! Their nests can be built much closer to homes under roof eaves, and resemble the typical comb shape, or look like blocks of mud. They can also nest inside walls of damaged siding or within woodpiles lying nearby. The venom in their stings can be very harmful to those who have an allergy to wasps.
Mosquitoes – These little pests come around primarily during dawn and dusk. They love damp and humid conditions and thrive anywhere there is standing water. This could be anything from puddles of rain, or water collected within yard and garden items around the outside of your house. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile and Zika Virus.
Spiders – Spiders can be both indoor and outdoor menaces, especially when you have a basement or an attic. They hide in dark and moist areas. Like ants, there are several species of spiders that live around the home. The two most serious are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Both are poisonous, and a bite from either would require medical attention.
Pest Control Products That Are on the Market
With so many threats out there, the knee-jerk reaction is to grab a can of over-the-counter spray and douse anything that crawls or flies. But when you have pets and children in the house, this is not always a feasible option. You have their health, and yours to think about.
Sprays – Sprays contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to your health. Even the can itself spells out warnings to use caution, wear gloves, masks, or to vacate the premises.
Bug Bombs – These are timed sprays or fogs that are so toxic they require you leave home during the treatment. When you return home, you have to wash everything in sight because all your belongings are now coated with a layer of poisonous goop. It’s also a temporary solution as bugs will simply return later.
Pet Shampoos or Dips – Fleas that are unrelenting on your pets can be deterred with a bath, but sometimes even those are loaded with harsh chemicals that can be harmful to pets and children. The same can be said of collars. They are strips of chemicals that can be easily touched by both adults and children.
Pyrethrins – There are some “natural” pesticides out there that are used within the organic market. They claim to be safe and natural, but with some additives, called synergists, they can be anything but safe. This “natural” mixture is called pyrethrin. They are made from the derivatives of the chrysanthemum flower, which is ground into a powder and made into a pesticide.
Pyrethroids – While pyrethrin, in some sense, can be considered safe, scientists took things a step further and started to create their own mixtures in the lab. These human-made derivatives are called pyrethroids. Other synergists are added to enhance the effectiveness of a pesticide, which also affects the safety of the product.
But fear not! There is a better way than to go with a gut reaction and buy the first over-the-counter spray you see. While they may give you the relief you seek, the payoff may not be worth it if the end result is a house full of poisonous chemicals that can make you, your children, or your pets sick. There are real non-toxic solutions out there. Ways to rid your home of the insects that are plaguing you that will keep your home safe and chemical-free.
Non-Toxic Solutions for Pest Control
When you find yourself the participant of a house party of unwanted guests, then you need to rely on the bug experts. Dr. Killigan’s has created a line of non-toxic pest control products that effectively dispose of bugs. Our team of experts is always working toward perfecting the art of Killing Them Softly™. This is more than a motto we live by. We are committed to developing safe, toxin free pest control solutions to bring you peace of mind. Dr. Killigan’s offers these pet-friendly and family safe solutions for both indoor and outdoor pest problems. From Spiders to Bed Bugs, we have you covered.
Our most popular on-contact spray will dispose of most insects. It is made with a mixture of cloves and cottonseed essential oils and is safe to use around pets, children, and food. Six Feet Under™ works on: Spiders, Fleas, Ticks, Bed bugs, Roaches, Ants, Fruit flies, Moths, Earwigs, Silverfish, Mosquitoes, and more.
Specifically designed for Pantry Moths, this toxin-free pheromone moth trap is a simple trifold design, with no glue touching involved. The powerful pheromone is mixed into the glue, so you don’t have to deal with a separate wafer. Simply fold, set in place, and eliminate moths as they are drawn to its scent. With a stylish design, these traps will restore peace to you and your home by Killing Them Softly™.
Our Premium Clothing Moth Traps are designed exclusively for Clothing Moths. Like the Dr. Killigan’s Premium Pantry Moth Traps™, the powerful pheromone is mixed into the glue so you don’t have to deal with a separate wafer. With the same simple trifold design, you can ensure no glue touching is involved. These traps also include our patented hanger design to further simplify the process. Simply fold, hang, and eliminate moths as they are drawn to its scent.
The Fly Inn™ functions like a fly ribbon, but with the Dr. Killigan’s signature sophisticated design. Simply attach The Fly Inn to a windowsill, affixing to the glass via the suction cups. Flies are naturally attracted to sunlight’s UVA rays. They fly to the window, then to the Fly Inn™, and the glue inside the trap does the rest giving flies a permanent vacation. The beautiful lattice style of The Fly Inn leaves your guests clueless that you have an insect control product on display.
Rest in Peace™ is the newest weapon in our arsenal. Rest in Peace is a toxin free remedy for bed bugs. Made from specially formulated soybean oil, Rest In Peace is not only a powerful on-contact spray, it also continues to protect treated areas with its potent formula for up to three months. It carries the pleasant scent of vanilla and mint, and like Six Feet Under™, is 100% safe for use around children and pets.
The Insect Buster™ is a bulb duster designed to disperse Diatomaceous Earth (DE.) DE is a non-toxic and non-poisonous powder insecticide. It is known to be safe for humans and a safe alternative to traditional insecticides. Dr. Killigan’s Insect Buster™ bulb duster is a sturdy, easy to use solution for applying DE powder.