Home pest control and the garden

castorpMarch 1, 2004

I've recently begun trying to garden as organically as possible, but we still have a pest control service. Every six months a man douses the outside of the house and the land right around the house with a pesticide. I know this can't be good. Last time the poison killed some goldrim catepillars on the pipevine. We would like to cancel the pest control service, but we do not want pests inside the house. We're especially concerned with roaches. We can tolerate a few stray ants, a spider sneaking in, but we'd really like to keep the house 99.98% roach free. Is this possible without a regular pest control service? Is it possible with little or no pesticides?

We keep everything clean and neat, take out the garbage every day, and follow the other guidelines on avoiding bug problems. We do have beds with woodchip mulch along the back of the house, and we've heard that this could attract roaches. We don't know if it's true.

We live in Florida. The roaches can be aggressive here.

If anyone has any advice, experiences to share, or books to recommend on this subject, we'd greatly appreciate it.

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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

I feel for your problem.... I know pests can be bad in the south...... is there any way your pest control man could put a paste like deterrent around crevices????? rather than a spray?????? I know that when we owned a restaurant we had to put a paste like deterrent for bugs around windows.... at least it didn't leak and disturb much else...... a spray is probably the worst thing for the enviroment....... I wonder if this would work on your scale.......

    Bookmark   March 18, 2004 at 3:22AM
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We put sticky traps in all our heater/airconditioner vents - I change them twice a month. When we first moved here scorpions were a big problem - this has really brought them under control - might work for those big Florida roaches too.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2004 at 9:30PM
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tietie(z7b / 8 nc)

I lived in South Florida most of my life and can attest that roaches can be big enough to saddle and ride in a rodeo.

We ONLY sprayed inside the house and the door and window jambs outside the house. Being sure to spray all four sides, not just the window ledge or threshold. Also, minute cracks in cabinetry & built-ins and openings to wall cavities like plumbing & electrical plates should be removed and sprayed. We did this ourselves about once a month with the gallon size bug spray from walmart or similar with much success. At one point, we switched to a service similar to the one you mentioned and saw an increase in bugs inside and less beneficials outside. Didn't take long to switch back.

Good luck

    Bookmark   May 1, 2004 at 12:09PM
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