Can You Control Pests Without Pesticides?

Here at Pest Patrol we receive calls on occasion asking if pests can be controlled without “spraying”. This is a good question, but one that has many different answers and opinions.

There are questions to be asked also. Here are a few:

  • What is the type of pest?
  • Where is it located?
  • What is the surrounding environment?
  • How critical is it for immediate control?
  • What is your pest tolerance?


When we generally talk about pest control without pesticides, we usually think if exclusion. That is using mechanical means such as screens, caulking, sealing and general maintenance. But, the use of natural or plant-based products are also considered, by some, as non-pesticide even though they do kill or repel the pests. With exclusion and natural product use, there usually must be patience and a tolerance for some pest activity because these uses are typically slower in controlling a pest population.

Location and environment may also prevent these types of treatments from being effective. Just remember, when we build a new residence, we are building on what was once a natural habitat of these pests. We have created an un-natural environment, therefore this is why the use of pesticides is sometimes the best treatment method.

Here at Pest Patrol, we stress the use of pesticides for treatment and prevention as making strategic applications only to those areas needed to prevent pest entrances and infestations.

If you have any questions about treatment techniques…or questions about any other pest problems…call Pest Patrol at 325-673-6700. We’d be glad to talk to you.

Here’s to having a Pest Free environment for your Family, Home & Pets!!!


Weldon Hurt, President

Pest Patrol