PUBLISHED ON March 11th, 2011
So you have a home pest infestation. Now what? If you’re going to call a professional, you want to make sure they do a thorough job. On the other hand, you don’t want them to be too keen on using toxic chemicals that can be a danger to your family and harmful to the environment. So what’s the solution? Simple – green pest control. Frequently known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), green pest control is the most eco-friendly and non-invasive way of getting rid of an infestation. Here are the top five reasons green pest control is good for you and for the planet.
Most integrated pest management systems call for little to no chemicals in order to be effective. When pesticides are required, they are used sparingly, and the least harmful ones are chosen first. This reduces the amount of toxic runoff that can get into your home’s air ducts, water pipes and the sewers surrounding your house.
Because IPMs hardly use any chemicals, their tactics are much safer for homes with children. Because their bodies are still developing, children are more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides than adults. Pesticides have been linked to a number of problems in children, including attention deficit disorder, so it’s best to minimize exposure.
Pets are also vulnerable to pesticide poisoning. The fewer chemicals you use, the less chance your dog or cat will chew on a toy or plant that has been contaminated with pesticide residue.
Even when green pest control professionals must use pesticides, only products with the least amount of toxicity are chosen. This means that if any of the chemical gets into the surrounding sewer or seeps into the groundwater, there is less of a negative impact.
A big part of IPM is implementing pest prevention strategies, such as obstructing entryways and eliminating conditions that are attractive to pests. These actions help break the cycle of infestation, prevent future pest control problems and save you money.
If you have a pest infestation in your home, talk to a professional about green pest control methods. Your kids, your wallet and the earth will thank you.