Popular forms of natural pest control?

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Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 40146Post Chad81
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:07 pm

I've been wondering, if I made a nest, and wanted to have ways of keeping the population from getting too big, what are popular forms of pest control? Like a body of water, or a resident ant eating lizard? I imagine something that could eat workers that come above ground, but wouldn't dig up brood or hunt down the queen.

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Re: Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 41185Post Zayltek
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:32 am

From what I understand, most ant species grow at a rate equal to and up to their food supply. Once a colony gets to the size you want, cut back on their food supply a little bit. If the colony stops it's exponential growth, then keep the food supply at that rate.

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Re: Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 46284Post Silver
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:43 am

If you keep the nest in cooler places(not so cold that the queen dies). The queen lay less eggs. It also helps if the nest a bit drier as this means more workers spend time moistening the eggs, and less are free to tend to more eggs. Be sure not to overdo it though.
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Re: Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 47662Post danish53
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:12 pm


Thanks for the suggestion, I Want fast & effective home pest control products for indoors and out, including bug.....

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Re: Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 47676Post idahoantgirl
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:29 pm

Diatematious earth. I pretty sure I spelled that wrong but google will understand :lol: Its natural and won't harm pets.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Popular forms of natural pest control?

Post: # 48246Post DuckST
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:23 am

Water and vinegar are good for that purpose. Wild chamomile can be used too. Here https://pestcontrolhacks.com/ants-house-invasion-how-to-get-rid-of-sugar-ants/ one can find other tips on both natural and chemical pest control. Hope it will come in handy.

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