With spring comes warmer temperatures, more rain, and the start of many pest seasons. It can be a constant battle to keep pests away and prevent them from invading your home and property, especially in springtime. Your first reaction when you spot a pest in your home is to use the harshest chemical you can find to get rid of it immediately but this can not only be dangerous to you, it can also be dangerous to your family, your health, and even your pets. While some methods of traditional pest control are successful and even necessary to eliminate and control pest infestations, a green pest control approach can also be considered. Green pest control is an eco-friendly pest control option that utilizes biological components, often derived from flowers, plants, and other natural elements from the earth, in their products. These non-toxic pest control products are also combined an integrated pest management (IPM) program comprised of a plan, inspection, identification of pests, ongoing perimeter protection, and continuous communication to provide you with the most comprehensive, environmentally safe pest control options out there. Green pest control methods are just as effective as traditional methods. Here are some of the benefits of green pest control:
Pet-friendly and Safe to Other Beneficial Insects
For many of us, our pets are an extension of our families and keeping them safe is the ultimate priority. The biological agents used are pet-friendly pest control products that won’t put your pets at risk in the event they accidentally ingest or come into contact with the treatment. Although most people dislike any pests in or around their homes, some pests can be beneficial to have around. Toxic chemicals in traditional pest control treatments can kill any pest that it comes into contact with, even if they are unintentional. Eco-friendly treatments are specifically targeted to the problem pest so there is no risk of killing other living organisms that may come into contact with it.
Traditional pest control methods can require repeated applications, some as often as every month. These can ultimately cause damage to your landscaping, stunting the growth of grass, bushes, and plants or even causing them to die off completely. These chemicals can also stay buried in the soil for long periods of time, causing difficulty with regrowth of your plants and grass. Green pest control products are naturally derived from plants and flowers and are safe for use on any type of landscaping.
Traditional pest control products often have a strong odor that can linger for a while after application. Eco-friendly pest control products don’t have this odor keeping your air fresh and smelling clean even right after their application.
Home and Family-friendly
Some traditional pest control products require you to seal your food, clear out your kitchen, or even leave your home for a day or two after application. This can be quite an inconvenience for you and your family. Green pest control methods are minimally-toxic so there is no need for you to leave your home during or after their use.
Insects can often develop a resistance to traditional pest control products, making them more difficult to eliminate after an infestation. Eco-friendly pest control products are all natural making it more difficult for pests to develop resistance to them. Green treatments also work to address the root of the problem rather than spot treating the existing problem. This increases the chances that you won’t have a recurrence of your pest problem in the future.
No matter which side of the traditional vs green pest control fence you fall on, one thing that is certain is that prevention minimizes the incidence of pests and decreases the likelihood that you will need any pest control services at all. Following these pest prevention tips can help keep your home free from infestations year-round.
- Seal up cracks and crevices outside your home.
- Clear landscaping and debris away from your home.
- Keep kitchen counters clean.
- Empty trash regularly.
- Vacuum often.
- Bathe pets and keep their bedding clean.
- Wash sheets regularly in very hot water.