Pest control is a term used to describe the regulation or management of species defined as “pests”. Pests include plants, animals, insects, germs and other organisms that interfere with human activities. Pests can bite, destroy food crops, damage property and make our lives miserable. Pest control includes several methods of controlling or eradicating pests using both natural strategies and chemical insecticides. 

Why Do You Need Pest Control

There are several reasons why you need pest control. One of the most important reasons is that uncontrolled pests can spread disease and cause contamination in and outside of your home.

Certain species like termites, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles can also inflict serious damage to your property and cost you a lot of money. Lastly, pests can cause a wide range of unsightly problems to your grounds and lower the value of your property.

What Is Green or Environmentally Friendly Pest Control

Green pest control or environmentally friendly pest control uses products that are naturally derived compounds to control and eliminate pests. It can include chemicals but the chemicals used are smarter and less toxic to your family, your pets and to the environment.

Integrated Pest Management is often a part of green or environmentally friendly pest management. IPM focuses on controlling pests using a combination of common-sense practices and principles. IPM programs use the most current and comprehensive information about the life cycles of pests and how they interact with the environment.

This information is used alongside available pest control methods to manage pest damage with the least possible toxic exposure and impact to people, pets and the environment. The IPM methodology is used for agricultural and non-agricultural environments including internal and external commercial and residential living areas. Integrated Pest Management utilizes all appropriate pest management options.

Preventive Pest Control

Preventive pest control focuses on an established pattern of treatment designed to prevent pest problems from developing. It includes a regular inspection of the home and garden to identify potential or existing problems, the recording and reporting of information required by law, an application of pesticides on a regular basis to prevent problems seen or unseen, and discussions with owners regarding specific problems, needs or desires to create a plan that fits the budget and expectations of the owner.

Benefits of Preventive Pest control

Preventive pest management contracts provide several benefits. Customers can benefit from lower prices for fixed services over a fixed period of time and work can be pre-scheduled to avoid any conflicts with an owner’s schedule. Customers do not have to monitor their home or garden because the company takes care of carrying out regular inspections and pest control treatments.

The homeowner does not have to deal with any of the problems caused by unwanted pests and IPM and green pest control methods can be employed more easily and effectively when they are used pro-actively instead of reactively making the entire pest control process safer for family, pets and the environment.

Pest Eradication Methods

Pest eradication methods are used as a response to a specific customer request to eliminate infestations of destructive pests such as rats, termites, and carpenter ants. It can also include eradication of fungus or lawn pests that destroy the grass. Generally, a senior technician answers a service call and interacts with clients to understand the problem.

After speaking with the client the technician will do a thorough and intensive inspection and recommend a method that will reduce a pest’s access to food, water and nesting locations. Recommendations can include things like improving sanitation, making maintenance improvements and using pesticides to get rid of the pests for good. Treatments may be one-time or require several applications and re-inspections.

Benefits of Pest Eradication Methods

The benefits of pest eradication methods or reactive pest control include quick response times and an immediate resolution to a pest problem.

Disadvantages

The disadvantage of pest eradication can be that reactive pest eradication tends to be more expensive because damage may have already occurred that needs to be re-mediated. Another disadvantage is that the problem may require more toxic chemical pesticides to eliminate the problem and cause more exposure to toxic chemicals for family, pets and the environment.

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  1. Rockford Johnson 2:57 PM 7 April 2016

    Cool post! I learned a lot about pest control by reading this article. Thank you for explaining how “here are several reasons why you need pest control. One of the most important reasons is that uncontrolled pests can spread disease and cause contamination in and outside of your home.” I have never had a pest problem before but I can imagine how important it would be to call professional pest control services when pests do become an issue.

    • Samantha Williams 8:57 AM 11 April 2016

      Thank you for locating our article and providing such a detailed response. Regards,

  2. Rockford Johnson 3:16 PM 10 May 2016

    Reading this article has helped me to understand what pest control is. I really like how you said that “Pest control is a term used to describe the regulation or management of species defined as “pests”. Pests include plants, animals, insects, germs and other organisms that interfere with human activities.” I have never dealt with pests before but I can imagine how helpful pest control services can be when it comes to getting rid of unwanted visitors.

    • Samantha Williams 12:39 PM 19 May 2016

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Lillian Schaeffer 11:52 AM 26 May 2016

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that environmentally friendly pest control is less toxic to your pets. My husband and I just moved into a new area, and termite problems are pretty common here, so we want to treat our house for them, but I want to make sure our dog will be safe. We’ll definitely look into getting pest control services that are geared toward keeping pets safe. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Sarah Ali 10:12 PM 2 August 2016

    Thank you for this awesome post! In today’s world I try to be as “green” as possible and I will be continuing to do that with our pest control services.

    • Samantha Williams 7:56 AM 15 August 2016

      Thanks Sarah! Would love to speak offline to develop a mutually beneficially relationship regarding the services you offer.

  5. melany 4:04 PM 13 August 2016

    great insights and love the articles!

    • Samantha Williams 7:56 AM 15 August 2016

      Thank you!

  6. Braden Bills 6:26 AM 15 August 2016

    I’ve noticed that there are some pests in my home. I didn’t even think about the fact that they can spread disease! I’ll make sure that I hire someone who can remove them for me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha Williams 7:54 AM 15 August 2016

      Thanks Braden.
      All the best!

  7. Saiful Islam 12:57 PM 20 September 2016

    Hi Dear,

    To get rid of insects of our living area this post helps us. We provide some services in our country to kill insects very quickly, safely and effectively.

    Thanks for your kind post.

  8. Rockford Johnson 10:51 AM 13 December 2016

    Reading this article has helped me to understand the importance of pest control services. It was cool to learn that these services can help to prevent diseases caused by pests from being spread in your home. I hope this article can help us to make sure that nieces and nephews do not get sick when they are over.

  9. Spring Field 2:08 AM 21 December 2016

    Hey,
    It’s a great article you share and bundle of knowledge about pest control. Thanks for sharing this important points.

  10. Jade Brunet 1:56 PM 10 January 2017

    It is good to know that pest control can eliminate uncontrolled pests that spread disease and cause contamination. I did not realize that this treatment was good for getting rid of termites and carpenter ants. My sister recently had her home treated for pests and said that it is good to ask if the solution used is pet and child friendly.

  11. Pest and Weed Control Melbourne 11:05 PM 30 January 2017

    Firstly, As a pest control service provider in Melbourne I would like to Thank you for Crafting such wonderful post all about pest control and its importance, advantages of having pest control services done to your home of garden.. which will be very much beneficial for the general public to know the importance of pest control.. Thanks once again for sharing it.. hoping to see some more blogs of yours in future..

    • Samantha Williams 12:33 PM 31 January 2017

      You are welcome. By the way, since you’re a contractor, we do have a database that we’d love to list you in. Let us know if you’re interested.

  12. Finn Stewart 10:41 AM 31 January 2017

    I like how you mention that preventative pest control focuses on an established pattern of treatment designed to prevent pest problems from developing. I have a termite problem in my house and I know I need an exterminator to make sure I eradicate every last one of them. However, I want to make sure I hire an exterminator who knows how to help me fix the things in my house that caused the termites to come in the first place. So thanks for sharing this helpful article!

  13. Wes Jhons 10:28 PM 8 October 2017

    Good post. Informative on pest control methods. simple message sharing article. Thanks for sharing such a great article.

    • Samantha Williams 6:46 AM 9 October 2017

      Thank you very much! We are happy you appreciated the post. Would love to appear as a guest on your website someday.

  14. Rhianna Hawk 10:26 AM 26 September 2018

    My parents have a lot of spiders in their yard, and I’m going to help them find a landscape pest control service. It wouldn’t be too bad, except their grandkids love playing in their yard, and the spiders have a tendency to creep into their basement. Getting an Integrated Pest Management service sounds like a great way to tackle the situation, particularly with their knowledge of the lifecycle of pests their interaction with the environment, as you say.

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