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I used to have a extermination company come to my house every three months and spray the outside, and sometimes the inside of the property, to get rid of bugs. Specifcally ants, fleas and spiders.

I used to watch how much insecticide they put down. I mean it was really overkill. I once had to wait the better part of a day for my garage to dry out enough so I could put my dog outside.

It's dangerous stuff and you don't want it touching any part of you or your pets. So then I started thinking, there has to be a better way. Well, there is.

There are many organic based insecticides out there, but Orange Guard is really neat. Read on, and see what you think.

ORGANIC METHOD: Orange Guard. This is a water based, all food grade, broad range insecticide. The active ingredient is derived from orange peels, and it is recommended for indoor and outdoor uses.

It can be used around food, humans and pets. It is even safe enough to spray on a counter top, and then wipe it off without a second thought.

In a field study, it outperformed Dursban in controlling German Cockroaches. Its only draw back is that it can't be used on plants. It is only good on structures.

Notwithstanding, that's pretty good, and it sure beats all those chemicals the extermination companies are spraying.

CHEMICAL METHOD: Many. There are numerous insecticides out there, more than I can list in this article. They number many because most of them have been developed for a specific type of insect or plant system.

Insecticides usually have more than one active ingredient, and they can come in a granular, liquid or powder form. When using them, read the label carefully for the list of plants and pests they control.

Products on the shelves change almost every year, and products that are available now, might be withdrawn at any time. This is because as research continues, sometimes health or environmental hazards are found due to specific chemical combinations, and they have to be pulled off the market.


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