If pests have found their way into the garden or house, the first thought is to combat them with chemicals. Finally, chemical agents can be used to kill pests very effectively. But this does not always make sense. Nowadays, there are much more environmentally friendly and organic pest control means to protect yourself from pests and to drive them away again.
Chemical pest control means can damage humans, pets and the environment
Many chemical agents can also be used by private individuals. The agents should only work specifically against the pests and be as good as harmless to other organisms.
Yet this is a promise that most chemical control agents cannot redeem. Although these are not immediately life-threatening for humans in the usual concentration, they can still cause damage over a longer period of time or if used incorrectly.
Certain agents that are used in the house can lead to allergies or other irritations. If these are inhaled over a longer period of time, this can lead to irritation of the airways. Even with constant skin contact, eczema or other irritations can occur.
In adults, this is mostly insignificant and hardly noticeable. On the other hand, it becomes more critical when there are small children in the house. These can be more affected by chemical agents. Long-term damage cannot be avoided and the effects cannot always be foreseen.
Under certain circumstances, the agents can also pose a great danger to pets. Poisoning can have serious consequences, especially if the dog is very curious and swallows a chemical product.
If the chemical agents penetrate the groundwater through the garden, it can become inedible. To avoid these consequences, gentler methods should be used. There are more and more pesticides on a natural basis that are more environmentally friendly but still work effectively against pests.
Environmentally-friendly pest control in the garden
When it comes to plants, aphids can attack them. In order to protect plants from aphids, the health of the plants should be paramount. If these can already be found on the plants and trees, then there are numerous effective environmentally friendly home remedies for aphids. With a little soapy water and a spray bottle, the aphids can be washed off the leaves, for example. Essential oils and certain smells are also said to be effective against the aphid.