So it’s come down to this: Now I’m knocking on strangers’ doors asking for pest advice. You would think I’m still a rookie.
I was driving down a mountain road when a plastic container sticking out of a trash can caught my eye. The label sported a large furry animal with a mug that belongs on a most wanted poster. I stopped and read the sales pitch on the bottle; it was one of those all-natural repellents “guaranteed” to work. It was called Gopher Scram.
I put the empty container back in the trash and knocked on the front door. A woman wearing gardening gloves came to the door. “Sorry to bother you ma’am, but did that repellent make your gophers scram?” She told me, with a deadpan expression—people fighting gophers rarely joke around—that she had been happy with the results. We chatted a bit, then I thanked her and left.
As a pest professional, I’m always looking for effective tools against critters. I will gladly include anything promising in my arsenal, even so-called alternative treatments, if they prove they can do the job. If you find a good one, please call and let me know. My ears are standing by.
At Home Defenders, we use a variety of proven, environmentally safe products to rid your home of pests. One is Tim-bor, a highly effective natural product that we apply to bare wood. When termites eat the treated wood, they get a one-way ticket to termite heaven. (I’m sure it’s a wonderful place, filled with waiters serving gourmet wood on silver platters.)
Back on earth, I will keep trying natural repellents, but with a skeptical eye, because those products are 100% effective at one thing: making easy money for the people who sell them.