RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Last week I talked about controlling indoor ants, pantry pests, clothes moths, and cockroaches. To round out the conversation, I have some advice for handling a few more unwanted houseguests—without resorting to toxic chemicals or spending a fortune on anticritter equipment. First, a general principle: Sometimes the best way to manage an indoor pest involves simply waiting them out for a few days, perhaps combined with diligent squashing or vacuuming of the ones that come within reach. Flying ants, which appear once a year, are one example. If a pest presents a threat to your health, or experience tells you that it’s not likely to disappear on its own, that’s the time to mount an active but nontoxic offensive against them. So here some ecofriendly suggestions for dealing with persistent nuisances: houseflies, fruit flies, silverfish, and spiders (both the beneficial web-spinning kinds and the dangerous biting types).
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