If pests do become a problem around your home, there are sustainable methods you can deploy to control them without resorting to chemical pesticides.

Physical or mechanical removal of pests includes use of force, barriers, or traps. Examples include hosing them off a plant, applying mulch to kill weeds, setting a sticky trap for insects, and more.

Keep your pests in check with beneficial predators like birds and ladybugs. This is called Biological Control and you can read more about it here.

Place a ring of sticky barrier (such as Tanglefoot®) over tree-wrap around the trunk of citrus trees to control ants that cultivate honeydew excreting scale insects.

Soil solarization uses the sun’s energy to control soilborne pests such as weeds and nematodes.