What is Green Pest Control?
Green pest control is a natural extension of traditional pest management systems that focuses on a holistic approach to solving pest problems. It involves a pest control strategy that monitors pest levels, threshold levels, and manages pest problems using products that are contain plant based (organic) materials or products that are of natural origin. Besides treating pest problems with “green” products, green pest control also focuses on educating individuals about the importance of preventative measures such as keeping a clean home, covering internal and external holes and openings, and getting rid of sources that attract pests. By taking preventative steps such as those that are recommended by Planet Orange can reduce the risk of pest infestations in the long run.
Pest control materials that have a natural origin can either be organic or inorganic. Organic materials are usually plant oil based while inorganic materials are usually synthesized or created through geological systems, such as is the case with boric acid. The products used in green pest control services may include the following materials and more:
- Clove Oil (Eugenol)
- Boric Acid
- Fresh and Salt Water (Diatomaceous Earth)
Many people choose to employ green pest management systems in their home or business because it allows them to experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they using products that are safe for both the environment and themselves.
Currently, there are not any government regulations on the use of the term “Green Pest Control” and so virtually any pest control company can advertise a “green” service. Efforts are being made to move towards greater regulation of organic and inorganic pesticides. The government does currently regulate pest control products that are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) exempt list. This list may include materials such as biopesticides that come from a natural origin or that contain certain minerals. If you are interested in having your home or other structure treated with “green” products, be sure to check the reputation of the pest control company to see if the products they use are indeed from a natural origin.
Because each pest problem is unique, each treatment plan should be unique as well. A successful pest control service should be based on a cooperative partnership between home owners and exterminators. Your exterminator will work with you to develop a detailed treatment plan that features products and services that you feel comfortable with and that will help you reach your pest control goals. Your exterminator may develop a unique pest control plan with you that includes the following eco-friendly pest control methods:
- Botanical plant-based products
- Biological controls
- Habitat modification
- Exclusion methods
- Other non-pesticide approaches
Why Go Green?
There are many reasons why it is a great idea to go green when it comes to pest control, the paramount one being that it is a healthy choice. Eco-friendly strategies are generally considered safe for use around children, pets, and the elderly. Green pest control strategies are also beneficial because they are sustainable in the long run and they are cost effective.
For more information about green pest control services and how they can benefit, contact a reputable exterminator today.