Are Pest Control Products Truly Environmentally Responsible?

Pests have been around since the dawn of time. Even the ancients had to devise methods of keeping their crops free from those that would eat them. Unfortunately, where mankind is, there will be pests also. It hasn’t been until the last century or so that bugs and rodents have proliferated along with the explosion of mankind across the planet. Various means of pest control have been devised from chemicals to natural means to planting something known to repel insects next to a crop. Today, awareness of pest control has evolved into, “Are pest control products environmentally responsible?” Allow us to explain why the answer is yes.

Effect of Pesticides on the Environment

Spraying chemical pesticides have a terrible effect on everything from flora to fauna. Wind carries the spray to nearby soil, grass and trees, thus endangering species living or eating there. The water table is affected by this spray.  Most pesticide ingredients are not degradable, so they remain inside both bugs and birds. Pests develop immunity to the chemicals, necessitating stronger and stronger chemicals. However, that’s only part of the story. When pesticides are sprayed, they dissipate into the air. Winds carry them to the highest terrain around, usually mountain tops and the Poles. The cooler air condenses the chemicals, bringing them back down to lower lying terrain in the form of condensation or rain and snow.

Pesticides Affect Human Beings

The trouble with chemical pest control is a domino effect. Spraying carries to nearby soils, grasses and trees. It is then passed on through the foods that grow in the soil and trees to humans. The effects on the central nervous system, the lungs and other organs came to light many years after the chemicals were in use. The chemicals were banned as a result, but it was too late for many people who suffered diseases and health problems from the use of the chemicals.

Chemicals Damage the Biosphere

Not only humans are affected by chemical pesticide use. Some birds such as herons eat fishes. Chemical pesticides traveling through the soils to the water table make their way to rivers and oceans, poisoning everything in their wake. This upsets the biodiversity equation. Most all of the chemical pesticides of the 19th and 20th centuries have been banned, but are still in wide use in developing countries as mosquito repellent. This takes care of diseases like malaria.

What’s the Alternative?

The Integrated Pest Management system was devised to combat the wanton destruction of the environment. It encompasses scientific methods of pest control such as educating customers, prevention of infestations as well as exclusion of pests from the premises. Evaluation of the pest problem, inspecting indoors and baiting outdoors are all part of IPM.

Where Does Environmentally Safe Enter the Picture?

Customers can’t be educated regarding means and methods unless we are. Our employees regularly attend educational events in order to keep abreast of the latest and best means and ways of pest control. Pests are born and live outside. It is only when something gets in their way that they infest it. Therefore, pest control begins outside. Our education begins with understanding what they need for life and how to deny it to them. We also teach customers the same information we learn.

Should the structure in pests’ way become infested, there are things we can do that are deadly to a bug, but are child and pet friendly. If we do our job right, however, they won’t even get inside. We are aware, though, that multi-family structures are a pest’s idea of heaven. We use special methods for those types of structures, always pet and child friendly.

Frequent inspections are how we keep pests from returning. Chinks in the structure, in addition to soil and plants too close to the structure are methods of entry for pests. Keeping an eye on things regularly ensures their entry won’t happen. Keeping an eye on the inside also ensures pests remain outside.

Take back your home from the ravages of pests. Do it in a safe and environmentally responsible manner by contacting us at the first sign of trouble. Our technicians are background checked, drug free, insured and comply with QualityPro standards (less than three percent of American pest control companies are QualityPro certified). You’ll be in the best possible hands!