Green Pest Control
To control pest infestation on site, different measures are taken. Where some opt for heavy chemical insecticides and fumigation, others strictly avoid it and prefer to settle for simple DIY methods which though may not promise complete pest extermination but at least help save their homes from serving as suitable accommodations for pests.
Why Say No To ‘Chemical Pesticides’?
There are several reasons why many commercial and homeowners avoid using chemical pesticides in their landscape. Here are some to begin with:
- Health Hazards
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 to 5 million pesticide poisoning cases occur every year. Exposure to toxic pesticides can affect the immune system and lead to severe health hazards like cancer and even birth defects. Pesticides have also been known to harm the nervous system, endocrine system, and the reproductive system.
- Environmental Effects
Chemical toxins in pesticides can damage the ecosystem too. It may result in the eradication of species that are not intended to be targeted, such as beneficial organisms and even pets.
What To Do When DIY Methods Fail and Strong Chemical Pesticide is Not An Option?
Don’t you worry if you are not in favor of using strong chemical pesticides in your home and all other DIY methods have failed to protect your home from pest infestation. At this point, you might want to consider the ‘Green Pest Control’ approach!
Green Pest Control – What Is It?
This approach is possibly your best bet for eco-friendly pest control. Green Pest Control is a strategy/ an integrated approach that sets pest action thresholds, carefully monitors pest levels, and accordingly devises a proper pest control action plan incorporating and using only organic (plant-based) and materials of natural origin, which are considered to be the least risky pest control materials at present.
Materials of natural origin can be both organic, like plant oils including rosemary, clove oil, and wintergreen and non-organic like boric acid. However, the materials of natural origin are used at some concentration where they act as low-risk insecticides.
This approach minimizes the use of strong chemicals that are likely to pose health hazards and cause environmental damage.
Where Is It Applied?
Green Pest Control approach can be applied in:
- Agricultural settings including fields, gardens, and farms.
- Urban structural arena including homes, single and multi-family apartment houses, condominiums, restaurants, hotels, warehouses, and industrial sites.
- Turf and ornamental arena include recreational sites like lawns, playgrounds, and parks.
Green Pest Control- An Extension of the Integrated Pest Management Program
This method branches out from the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program. Therefore, it typically follows the foundations and steps of the IPM program. However, with the exception of the type of pesticides used.
Under the IPM program, a combination of chemical and biological pesticides are used to prevent and control pest infestation. Whereas, under the Green Pest Control method, only eco-friendly materials are used, eliminating the usage of chemical or synthetic pesticides.
Green Pest Control Service
To control and reduce pest invasions for as long as possible from your home or any other desired site, call a professional green pest control service.
The service provider first inspects the site for pest identification, degree of infestation, and to set action threshold. The action threshold is the point at which the existence of pests becomes environmental and life threatening.
After pest infestation identification, the Green Pest Control service devises a pest control action plan. This plan includes only eco-friendly and least risky materials so that there is no danger caused to the people or the environment.
Once the plan is devised and implemented, the results of the Green Pest Control approach are evaluated. The evaluation of the results helps identify the effectiveness and success of the Green Pest Control approach. If needed, the action plan can be modified prior to pests reaching the action threshold.
After successful implementation of the Green Pest Control approach, it is advisable for commercial and homeowners to follow high hygiene standards by:
- Adopting cleaning habits like vacuuming and mopping regularly
- Sealing food sources properly in tight jars or plastic bags
- Sealing crevices and cracks
- Fixing leaky pipes and clearing up drains