None-toxic pest control
For those of us who hate to use chemicals in our gardens, in our homes, or with our livestock and pets, diatomaceous earth may be a safe and efficient substitute. It may worm your animals, rid them of fleas and lice and even handle indoor pests.
“Bed bugs” are small nocturnal insects that feed on blood. Here are some tips for keeping them out of your home, and for getting rid of them--without using toxic pesticides/insecticides--if they do show up.
Yellow jackets can pose a threat to honeybees. If yellow jackets have built a nest in your yard, here's a recipe for a natural, non-toxic solution that will get rid of them. Please share your own recommendations too!
Sharp-eyed guineas are among the most useful of all farm fowl for control of crop-damaging insects. Essential to the author’s squash bug control project is ElectroNet (electric net fencing), which he uses to make a perimeter around the squash plot. A small moveable pasture shelter is provided inside the net — in which the guineas roost at night, or find shade or shelter from rain.
Many snakes are actually helpful around the homestead because they hunt rats, mice and other small rodents. But if you have a snake problem, a terrier can help keep them under control.
Blister beetles can be picked up fairly easily; just remember to wear gloves!
Take our Pest Control Survey and read the feedback of hundreds of gardeners that have already taken the survey. Get region-specific advice about the most common garden pests and the best organic control options.
A list of weapons to fight those evil chiggers!
Don't worry about mole damage any longer; here's a nontoxic method of keeping them away!
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a safe, effective, organic pest control you can use to kill spiders.
Keep spiders and other crawling bugs out of your house by using a nontoxic pest control: diatomaceous earth.
Here's a simple method for getting rid of ground wasps or yellow jackets without toxic chemicals.
You can control damage caused by carpenter bees with these nontoxic methods.
Squish the squash bugs in your garden with different methods from our experts.
Brown marmorated stink bugs have quickly become an invasive insect in the Unites States. Find out how to indentify the stink bugs, control stink bugs in your garden and rid them from your home.
Help our readers solve garden pest problems without resorting to the use of chemical pesticides.
Grow organic fruit trees and harvest bug-free, chemical-free fruit by covering your fruit with homemade bags made from row cover. Use row cover bags as an alternative to plastic bags. Row cover bags are more effective and have fewer issues than plastic bags.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS wins two exciting accolades at FOLIO’s Eddie Awards, one for their article Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t and one for their Vegetable Garden Planner tool.
Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks, and in that time, they are able to feed on over 300 plant species. Although collecting beetles may seem like an exhausting every day task, you're plants will appreciate it.
Bird-X, Inc., a leader in producing humane pest and bird repellent products since 1964, is raising the bar even higher for the pest control industry, offering ‘green’ solutions for every pest and bird problem.
I can deal with a lot of things- floods, frosts, Japanese beetles, but one thing I can't stand is fire ants. Living in the north for a good portion of my life, I was close to unaware of their existence until I moved to the south. Then, everywhere I looked in my yard I saw the same thing; enormous mounds of orange clay filled with irritating stinging ants.
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
Get rid of fire ants — without using heavy-duty chemical pesticides — with these tips for fire ant control.
TEETER PONG! live mouse traps provide a humane solution for removing mice from your home.
Learn how to make a scarecrow from scrap materials that moves and makes noise to keep deer, squirrels, rabbits and crows out of the garden.
How to acquire bat guano.
The best rat trap I have ever owned.
Discover the best mosquito traps to use in your yard. Improving your mosquito control will ensure that you can enjoy your summer evenings outdoors.
Learn to deal with cabbage worms through organic methods.
Goats are a great way to get rid of weed problems while also reducing the use of chemicals and fossil fuels.
Fly season is upon us. Here are some helpful and easy hints to control those buzzing beasts at your homestead this year.
Be sure to contact the Environmental Protection Agency and the Poison Control Center, as well as seek medical attention after experiencing pesticide drift.
Check out this expert advice for keeping an organic garden pest-free.
How one rural county without animal control regulations or a public pet shelter is working to make a better community for all residents — both humans and their companions.
Find out what your options are for getting orange Asian lady beetles out of your house.
A recipe for a grease patty that doesn't use hydrogenated oils.
Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.
A ladybug reminds us to pause, take a look around, and appreciate our surroundings.
Learn how to rotate crops with this helpful crop rotation video.
As you can guess from their name, cabbage worms primarily attack plants in the cabbage family, but are not exclusively cabbage feeders.
Keep your pet safe by learning the dangers posed by certain flea- and tick-control products.
Forget pesticides or kerosene. Instead, smother badly placed yellow jacket nests with a translucent cover.
Tips for keeping your summer garden producing at top output. This is the time of year that warm season crops are at their peak. These 7 tips will give you continued bountiful harvests through the heat.
These sources can help you locate organic and other natural options for plants, seeds, and weed and pest control products.
Giving your ornamental and vegetable garden a thorough cleaning in midsummer not only leaves the landscape looking better, but can help prevent damage from diseases and pests by removing the conditions in which they thrive.
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
This spring when the pests arrive in your garden try this radical strategy - Do nothing!
University of Florida entomologist Russell Mizell investigated ways to attract stink bugs to trap crops rather than cash crops—with great success. His experience can help you learn how to design trap crop scenarios of your own.
Advancing their commitment to helping homeowners protect their lawns and gardens from damage caused by moles, Sweeney's, a leader in DIY pest control products, introduces the Deadset MoleTrap.
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
Learn how bats can be beneficial for organic farmers, dramatically reducing the need for costly and harmful pesticides.
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
The victim of a spray drift incident often finds him or herself on the defensive.
The many problems associated with recognizing, treating and reporting pesticide drift exposures.
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
The green of summer available right in your freezer year round!
Identify the animal tracks and footprints of the critters who visit your garden and yard.
British scientists have found that many pesticides--including those commonly found in food and 16 that were previously considered safe--disrupt male hormones.
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
Want to know more about the food at your farmers market? Here's some advice from the farmers themselves.
EPA confirms that neonicotinoid treatment does not increase soybean yield.
A MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader survey turned up some interesting findings about stink bugs, imported pests that have now been spotted in 35 states.
Fresh pesto is great in the summer, but it's even better in the middle of winter!
A new danger faces unborn babies and children, as exposure to pesticides increases the risk of brain tumors and other cancer-related illnesses.
Like many things in nature, the catalpa tree and worm have a special one-on-one relationship.
This post outlines the process when an inspector from your state regulatory agency visits your property to view pesticide damage.
According to a German and Swiss scientific report, terrestrial pesticide exposure may be a cause of the globally declining amphibian population.
The Verdict discusses two possible findings of your spray drift incident after the State Enforcement Agency inspects your property.
This installment explains what complainants might encounter during the time between the State’s pesticide drift inspection and the results of this inspection.
Reporting Pesticide Drift outlines the steps you should take to report a pesticide incident to your state enforcement agency.
What it means to stick up for yourself when you experience pesticide drift.
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
Leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods you can eat, but what if they contain systemic pesticides like imidacloprid? New pesticides that are taken up by plants mean there may be pesticides in food crops like collards and kale, not just on the surface.
Survivalist Gardener Rick Austin offers natural and long-lasting tips for repelling pests and insects in gardens hidden in the forest.
Pennsylvania is under federal quarantine due to the threat of Emerald Ash Borers. Raising awareness and getting the facts are important. However, getting to the root of the problem may be as simple as supporting local food systems.
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
The urge to eliminate clutter and create space for ourselves is a healthy sign of self-respect. Why, then, is it so darn hard?
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
The different emotions you may experience as you deal with Pesticide Drift on your property or your person.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide toxic to humans, for application to strawberry fields. Methyl iodide is recognized as a carcinogen that can also cause late term miscarriage and permanent neurological damage. Scientists agree that farmers cannot safely use the pesticide, and a concerned coalition has formed to persuade Governor Brown to put a moratorium on the use of methyl iodide.
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
It's hard to get rid of cicadas. But the cicada killer wasps they attract are nothing to worry about.
Learn why systemic neonicotinoid pesticides widely used to grow corn are one of the reasons so many honeybees and other pollinators are dying.
Is rotenone organic? The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) sorts out that complicated question about a pesticide being used on some organic farms.
Are organic foods healthier? In the wake of a media frenzy revolving a “study” by Stanford University claiming to answer this question, many people were left wondering. Benefits of organic food go beyond the vitamin content: The overwhelming amounts and types of pesticides in our food play a major role in many shoppers’ decision to go organic.
The dangers of bud nip (Chlorpropham) and the effects of chemical herbicides on the food you're eating come to light in a potato project conducted by a smart, young lady.
After finding the illegal presence of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon, the USDA has found another, similar case in Montana.
By 2025 half of all children born will be autistic. Herbicides and pesticides are destroying the health of the American people.
The author of STAND UP AND GARDEN discusses why it is safe to can and otherwise preserve produce that's grown in an environment in which pesticides are used.
Help us determine if a mixture of coffee grounds and eggshells can protect your cabbages from pest damage.
Organic gardeners often need to remove mammal pests such as groundhogs and raccoons. Like many, I use live traps. How to deal with a skunk you accidentally catch, without getting sprayed?
The good, the bad and the ugly of a nice mild winter and its effects on the homestead in 2012.
We may find it overwhelming to know where to begin in teaching others to eat healthily. People attempting to eat healthier find it difficult to know where to begin. "The Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables gives us all a place to start.
Absolute Bird Control offers a few easy to implement tips for deterring swallows from nesting on, or near, your home.
Learn how to request your “closed” complete pesticide complaint file from the State agency through the Freedom of Information Act.
A university study found that two commercial deer repellents are nearly as good as a fence.
Here are some good options for free, weed-free mulches.
Jacobs Farm in Santa Cruz, Calif. was recently awarded $1 million in damages for lost income due to pesticide drift.
I got first bee removal call of the year yesterday. It’s a bit early, but hey, I won’t complain. The woman said that she thought there were three colonies in her wall.
Consumer Reports has stated that it recently found arsenic in food, The United States' rice supply is contaminated with this "group 1" carcinogenic.
Our declining industrial system has created a series of environmental and social problems and can no longer produce the wealth required to solve them. That means that ordinary citizens must shoulder the burden of changing the way things are done by creating biodiverse systems. Here is a place to start.
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
Simran Sethi writes about the importance of eco-friendly mattresses, bed frames, and bedding.
Safely eliminate mice in your home with these house mouse control tips.
Learn how to kill nutsedge, both yellow (Cyperus esculentus) and purple (Cyperus rotundus), and remove it from your garden. Pine bark mulch may be one effective way to kill nutlets from yellow nutsedge.
Pick the right dandelion weeder, and ridding your lawn and garden of dandelions becomes more game than chore. Here we hightlight three popular models: the Oswego Grandpa’s Weeder, the Fiskars Triple Claw Weeder and the Garden Weasel Weedpopper Step and Twist.
Enormous obstacles form a barrier that effectively blocks our view of the future. Even if we dream up a beautiful and abundant vision for our future, can we see the path from where we are today to that future past these big obstacles?
Couldn’t we create a sustainable healthy planet just because we decided to?
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.
After a long trial-and-error process, Ilene White Freedman finally found a sustainable, weed-suppressing mulching system for her farm.
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different livestock guard dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In parts two and three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
Dealing with insects in your garden is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when it happens. Just because you have some critters munching on your food doesn’t mean that you have to break out the chemicals.
The very first thing I did after closing on my new house was meet with an expert in natural methods for eliminating brown recluse spiders.
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
Summit Mosquito Bits®, a popular biological control that kills mos¬quito larvae, is now also approved for the control of fungus gnats.
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
Simran Sethi balances her love of nature with her fear of mice in her home.
Simran Sethi comes to terms with getting rid of the mouse in her home.
Monsanto's Roundup Ready system transformed typical weed problems into a national superweed crisis, only healthy farms can correct the damage done.
Try these organic techniques to help prevent tomato early blight.
Round two of three international conferences to determine new emissions standards for the next Kyoto Protocol meets this week and next week in Poznan, Poland.
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
Although the Centers for Disease Control has launched a vigorous nationwide public health campaign urging everyone, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, to get vaccinated against the flu, some researchers disagree with the message.
We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.
Can party technology teach you about energy savings and even the theory behind electric cars? It sure can if you follow this simple video tutorial on pulse width modulation.
We will discuss how the Earth overcomes the increasing solar radiation from the Sun to maintain a stable temperature for life (Gaia Hypothesis). The role anthropogenic forces will also be discussed.
Bird-X's new Bed Bug Alert is a business card-size device that can be slipped under a mattress or into any tight spot to attract and trap bed bugs--alerting you to a problem before it's too late.
Launching Anna's new E book on cover crops in a no till garden and talking about the recent power failure that prompted us to do some Off Grid Homesteading which taught us a few lessons on using golf cart batteries for supplemental lighting.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.