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Non-toxic pest management tools are those methods, products and techniques that do no put human health and the environment at risk from its use. Simple changes in your environment can significantly reduce pest populations. Before reaching for a pesticide, monitor the pest population, make structural repairs, use proper sanitation inside and outside, and modify the pest's habitat. Any openings that pests are using to access the structure should be caulked, screened or repaired. Some outdoor pests are attracted to spilled greasy or sugary liquids, improperly stored garbage, untended pet foods or explosions of naturally-occurring food sources like aphids or scale infestations on nearby plants. Efforts to eliminate food sources may eliminate the pest problems. For more information on how to manage a specific pest problem, please see our Alternatives Factsheets page.


aeration of soil
black molasses
calcium products/talc/lime
corn gluten
door strips/door sweeps
electrogun (electrocution)


habitat modification
heat treatment
hot pepper wax
glue boards
liquid nitrogen (cold treatment)
living biological controls (parasitic wasps, ladybugs, praying mantis, nematodes, etc)
mow high with sharp blades


seal holes
sodium chloride
sticky tape
thatch removal
traps (flytraps, sticky traps, pheromone traps, jar traps, insect light trap, etc.)
water drainage
water pipe maintenance
water spray

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