If you’re one of the millions of families or businesses that’s trying to stay green, you’re always on the lookout for eco-friendly ideas. However, since pest control is usually associated with chemicals, how do property owners control pests and still protect the environment? With green pest control, of course. Eco-friendly pest control that focuses on more environmentally friendly ways to control pests!
What’s “Green” About Pest Control?
Green pest extermination covers pest control practices that range from humane traps or baits to low-chemical sprays and botanical oils that repel pests. Two of the best-known oils are citronella oil, which has long been used as a mosquito repellent, and cedar, which is known to repel moths. Eucalyptus oil is also effective. In order to be certified green or organic, an exterminator must use only pesticides that are rated 25b by the EPA or are made from earth-based substances like boric acid and silica. A company can be labeled “environmentally friendly” if they use sprays that are low in toxicity but necessarily organic.
Does Eco-Friendly Pest Control Work?
Green or eco-friendly pest control is generally effective when used diligently by a professional. It’s also safer for pets and people as it limits their exposure to toxic chemicals, especially indoors. Experienced exterminators know how to properly treat properties and put preventative measures in place.
Although some customers report needing more frequent or intensive treatments, they feel the tradeoff is much better than exposing their family, staff or visitors to traditional pesticides.
When paired with preventative measures, eco-friendly pest control is even more effective. For example, one of the best ways to control pests is to control their access to your home, commercial buildings or other structures on your property. Also, controlling environments that attract pests, like dampness and pile-ups of refuse is another helpful way to prevent these unwanted visitors from coming in your home.
How to Choose an Environmentally Responsible Pest Control Company
One of the most reliable ways to choose an eco-friendly pest control company is to check out the company’s website to learn more about their experience, methods and certifications. Companies that use EPA-approved practices and products will most likely have a certification badge somewhere on their web page. It also helps to read customer reviews, or talk to customers in person if any friends, co-workers or family members have worked with the company before. You can also get in-home estimates from several local companies and ask questions about their practices.
In general, Eco-friendly pest control is an option you can feel good about. More and more pest control companies are offering an environmentally respectful option, if they’re not going green all-together. The best course of action for home and business owners is to do their homework and decide on the level of toxicity – or pest – they can live with.