Consumers, home-owners and business operators are demanding green products and services in all industries, including the pest control trade. As a result, pest management companies have increased the number of earth friendly and people friendly services that can be used to effectively combat pest populations.
It should also be noted that green pest control does not mean going to the store and purchasing the bottle of ant or cockroach spray that promises safety for your family and the environment. Ineffective efforts such as these may actually be why the green pest movement can sometimes get a bad rap. However, there are many reasons for the growth in this sector.
Why You Should Embrace Green Pest Management Efforts
When you have to deal with a pest control issue in the home, you don’t want to compound the problem by introducing unsafe chemicals into the air you breathe. This piece of mind for the health and safety of your family is often reason enough to embrace green pest mitigation tactics and products, especially when extreme sensitivities, developing or compromised immune systems are at stake.
In addition to the home, green pest control methods are also popular solutions in kitchen environments, hospitals, hotels, offices and other commercial spaces, in addition to gardens, plants and outdoor areas. Using harsh chemicals to manage pests in such sensitive environments simply isn’t an option!
Some of the chemicals used in the pest management industry can be detrimental to health of anyone or anything that comes into contact with them – this include not only pests, but people as well. And, while the health of inhabitants in treated homes and offices are typically considered a top concern, it’s equally important to consider the safety of those working as pest control technicians; long term exposure to specific chemicals can cause serious damage to the respiratory system and other systems in the body.
Another reason for the growth in green pest management techniques relates to years of heavy reliance on chemical solutions to control pests. Unfortunately, such practices have resulted in unintended consequences, namely pests growing stronger and developing tolerances to specific insecticides, pesticides or poisons. Similar to more resilient microbes, bacteria and viruses, the threat of chemical-resistant pests is rather frightening!
Integrated Pest Management Makes Use of Numerous Environmental Pest Control Solutions
Green pest management efforts are part of growing movement towards Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which focuses on a more holistic approach to controlling pest populations. Instead of relying solely on deadly chemical combinations, IPM seeks to integrate smarter, proactive solutions to deter active populations, including preventing or blocking access for pests and making use of traps when necessary. Without relying on synthetic chemicals, IPM offers an environmentally friendly and effective approach to pest management.
It’s natural to question the effectiveness of environmentally friendly pest control efforts as so many years were focused on toxic chemical mitigation practices. While certain chemicals are still used as part of an integrated IPM approach to green pest management, the focus is more concentrated on safer, environmentally friendly alternatives, instead of those that can cause harm to humans, pests, plants, groundwater and the air we breathe.
Green Pest Management Solutions Continue to Grow in Number & Effectiveness
Today, environmentally friendly pest control tactics can achieve measured results without any unsafe after-effects tied to toxic or harsh chemical concentrations. And, with a growing body of effective best practices, the end of the green pest management movement doesn’t appear to be in sight!