Beer Trap – for Snails and Slugs:
Just place a shallow lid on the ground and fill with a beer (any brand except NA). Slugs and snails crawl in and drown in the beer. Controls slugs without chemicals. Use all year in warm climates. Freshen trap frequently or the smell becomes overwhelming.
Try a homemade bait mixture of about one part boric acid (or borax) and two parts mint jelly or cracker crumbs. Place the bait in a container with ant-sized holes in the lid. Place in a location away from children and pets, and dispose of the container after use. Although boric acid is a common ingredient in eye washes, it may be harmful if swallowed.
When properly applied pesticides will not be hazardous to you, your family, or pets. Proper treatment will not cause damage to your home or furnishings and modern pesticides are low odor.
How to pick an exterminator:
Most reputable pest control company’s are members of State or National associations. Most states have regulatory agency for pest control company’s. Call them, they record complaints and unresolved problems within the industry.
Will professional pest control eliminate all the bugs around my home?
Professional pest control service will reduce to an acceptable level of harmful pests in and around the home, “most insects are beneficial.” Millions of dollars have been invested and continue to be invested in proper and safe pesticide use. If you are concerned about the risks vs. benefits of pesticide use, please view this link: EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Home Page.