The Basics of Green Pest Control
Green pest control does not mean ineffective pest control; Rather, it is Integrated Pest Management or IPM. A pest control company that adopts IPM believes that prevention, customer awareness and education, and building inspections are as important as pest control.
What is green pest control
Integrated pest management begins with learning how and why a pest entered a home or building. Professionals in this field know the life cycle of pests and their preferred nesting sites. Therefore, they can use innovative pest prevention techniques that are the least dangerous to plant life, property, pets, and people.
IPM uses common sense practices in coordination with environmentally sensitive chemicals. For example, instead of using harmful chemicals to prevent a pest from returning, Pest Control Auckland specialists can install preventive materials such as new windows and door screens, new caulking, new door sweeps, etc. Professionals can also set up traps to learn about additional areas where a pest can live, or install solar powered repellents as an alternative to using harmful chemicals.
The benefits of green pest control
Green pest control products are made from organic and natural ingredients. Furthermore, these products are designed to be biodegradable and equally effective as their non-organic equivalents.
Green pest management practices help promote plant health and structure by providing a biological alternative to chemical sprays. The control tactics used in IPM are benign and therefore reduce the environmental risk often associated with traditional pest management, such as groundwater contamination. IPM also helps reduce the risk of an infestation and is a cost effective solution.
How does it work
Rather than spraying a multipurpose pesticide on an entire infested property, IPM experts use a process that sets an action threshold, monitors pests to identify them, prevents their return, and uses control methods.
When an action threshold is established, the practitioner learns how large an infestation is, how much danger pests pose, and determines the type of immediate action required.
When an IPM professional monitors pests, they make sure to identify the pest correctly. Proper pest identification helps ensure that the correct types of pesticides are used, but pesticides are avoided if they are not needed.
Pest invasion prevention is one of the key components of green pest control. IPM includes identifying and correcting problems that make a house or building welcoming to pests. Prevention is cost-effective and does not put people’s health or the earth at risk.
If pest prevention methods are not effective on their own, control methods are required. When professionals implement a control method, they first evaluate it to determine risk and effectiveness. The least risky methods are used first, such as cheating or the use of pheromones to interrupt mating. If the established thresholds indicate that these methods are not effective, the control process moves to the use of pesticides in specific areas.
What to look for in an ecological pest control company
When looking for a green pest control company, look for one that creates a plan that meets your needs. The company must take into account the type of pest, the size of the infestation and the environment in which the pests live.
Learn about the process and chemicals a company uses before hiring them. Some professionals use green pest control products initially and then follow them with traditional chemicals, which you may not want. A good environmentally friendly exterminator should focus on using quality products that are low or non-toxic rather than products that are the least expensive, which are often highly toxic. In addition, quality green pest control companies educate their customers on how to prevent pest return, help correct conditions that appeal to them, and offer to install pest-proof materials.
The green pest control observation, prevention and intervention approach helps consumers have peace of mind knowing that driving pests out of the home doesn’t mean harming the environment.