Do Green Pest Control Products Get The Job Done?
Early this month in Texas, a DIYer looking to get rid of some problem pests that had been plaguing his mobile home purchased a highly toxic insecticide and applied it under his mobile home. The insecticide, marketed as Weevil-Cide, is actually a restricted use pesticide that he shouldn’t have been able to purchase to begin with. After applying the insecticide and being bothered by the strong odor, the man tried to wash off the chemical with water.
The chemical in the insecticide, aluminum phosphide, mixed with the water to create a very toxic gas and tragically this gas took the lives of 4 children. This terrible incident brought about a lot of talk in the pest control world on the subject of safety of insecticides, conducting a pest control treatment via DIY and green pest control. Wary homeowners who like to DIY but are worried about the chemicals in pest control products do have an alternative: eco-friendly and green pest control products.
What is Green Pest Control?
Green pest control applications are growing in popularity both for commercial buildings that provide services to the young (like libraries and schools) and for residential homes. Green pest control consists of pest control options and products which contain no harmful chemicals and are consist of natural, organic ingredients designed to safely eliminate problem pests. However, homeowners and commercial business owners alike do question whether these methods are actually effective or if they are simply a waste.
We at ePestSolutions can answer that question with a resounding YES! Green pest control can provide results in getting rid of whatever pest you are targeting when applied correctly and coupled with a knowledgeable treatment program.
Go Green With Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a large part of what we try to advocate for when we share information to our customers whether it is in person at our stores, online via our web guides or over the phone. IPM is not only a great way to keep pests away from your home, it is also a great way to reduce the need to use pesticides and potentially harmful chemicals thus being more green.
The process of IPM includes exclusion and sanitation, inspection and prevention methods. These include doing things like: sealing off entry points in the home, removing and significantly reducing clutter in and around the home and maintaining general cleanliness and sanitation standards. Doing these things is helpful when paired with a pest control program which involves our products and techniques to treat bug and rodent infestations.
What It Means To Be Green
A common misconception is that “green” pest control is about eliminating the use of chemicals altogether, which definitely is not the case. Instead, green pest control focuses on using pesticide chemicals that are safe to be applied around children and pets and are non-toxic.
Not all chemicals used in pest management are considered bad for animals and humans, and just because chemicals are being used doesn’t necessarily mean that such applications can’t be considered green. In fact here at ePestSolutions we have an impressive selection of our products that can be considered green.
Aside from what we have on our Green Organic Pest Control product page, there are also products that are not featured on that page that can still qualify as being green and safe to use.
A Quick Look at some Eco-Friendly Pest Control Options
Insect Growth Regulator
For example, if you’re looking for a safe way to eliminate an infestation of cockroaches or fleas, ePestSolutions recommends that you use something we call an Insect Growth Regulator. In short these products are basically a type of birth control for insects, making it so cockroach or flea eggs never hatch and bring about the next generation of bugs. What’s interesting is that IGRs do not harm other organisms because they specifically go after insects. They have proven to be effective against bed bugs, mosquitoes and even termites.
Another green choice are insect or rodent baits. These products generally stay put, and they have a low toxicity level for humans. And to be extra on the safe side, most baits have sealed bait stations that can only be accessed by insects themselves. Baits prove to be quite useful with both ants and cockroaches and are a “green” alternative compared to most pesticide sprays and dusts.
Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent eco-friendly staple when it comes to natural pest control, and for good reason. This naturally occurring substance contains the fossilized remains of tiny animals known as diatoms. This highly abrasive powder has the ability to cause devastatingly fatal damage to the exoskeleton of any insects that come into contact with it. This leads to dehydration and death within hours or days of contacting the powder. It’s surprising that something so lethal can be so harmless to children or pets but that’s what makes DE so special. DE is the main ingredient in a few of our products in stock like Alpine Dust Insecticide and Mother Earth Granular Scatter Bait.
Finally, another great option for a pest control DIYer wanting to go green is boric acid is another option for a green program. It has been around for a long time, and contains natural ingredients that are safe for use around building occupants, pets and children. Boric acid is popular because it works long after application.
Without a correct understanding of what green pest control is, it’s no wonder why some people discount the products that are green as being a waste of both time and money. However, when you stop to consider effective pest management techniques that you can learn by frequenting our knowledge base or calling our phone line, as well as finding out about the green pesticide treatments we offer, it becomes more clear that green pest control can be a safe and effective option for your home or building.