When you find ants in the kitchen, wasps next to the front door, or even worse, a dead cockroach on the floor, you’ll do just about anything to restore your peace of mind.
But as you reach for your favorite pesticide to start spraying in every nook and cranny, you may not realize that you’re replacing one danger for another. Pests are a nuisance, yet harsh chemical bug killers can pose an enormous health threat for you, your family, and your pets.
If you want to keep pests away without compromising the well-being of your household, then eco-friendly pest control could be the solution.
But how effective are eco-friendly methods? We’ll explain all the benefits of eco-friendly pest control and explore just how effective it can be for solving your bug problem.
Benefits of Eco-Friendly Pest Control
When you go with natural and non-chemical pest control measures, there are few downsides. As long as they get rid of the pests in question, you’ll see several benefits that you may not be expecting.
Improve Household Health
Most people understand that pesticides are toxic, but the ways in which they affect your health often go unappreciated. Chemicals used in house and garden pest control methods can all find their way into living areas. They can negatively impact indoor air quality and lead to several health issues ranging from mild to severe, including:
- Eye and throat irritation
- Headaches, fatigue, and nausea
- Liver and kidney problems
- Nerve damage
Pesticide exposure can also increase your risk of developing cancer and other chronic conditions. Although cases have gone down in the past two decades, there are still at least 740,000 reported cases of pesticide poisoning each year.
Protects Plants and the Good Insects
Chemical sprays don’t break down like natural pest control blends. If you use a spray around the outside of your home to keep bugs out, you may be damaging the soil with non-biodegradable products.
Even after they stop controlling bugs, chemicals can change the makeup of your soil for a long time, making it hard for plants to grow. With non-chemical treatments, you won’t have to worry about hurting your landscaping or the environment.
Along with plant life, eco-friendly pest control steps allow beneficial insects to thrive. Natural insecticides can target specific pests. Meanwhile, no-spray prevention steps avoid interfering with the habits of good bugs around the yard and garden.
As a result, your job gets easier. By forming an environment where beneficial insects thrive, they’ll help control bad pests and remove places for them to set up nests.
How Effective Is Eco-Friendly Pest Control?
Homeowners often take a “spray and pray” approach to pest control. They use powerful chemical sprays and bug bombs in the hopes of removing any insect problems no matter where they are. That’s also what they expect from many pest control companies.
At Elevate Pest Control, our eco-friendly approach is based on taking a step back. We take time to investigate the root cause of pest control problems. Rather than look at an infestation and ask, “How do we remove the problem?”, we instead ask, “Why is there a problem in the first place?”
That line of thinking speaks to the main benefit of the best eco-friendly pest control companies — we create long-lasting solutions.
The Problem With Relying on Pesticides
Part of the standard approach to pest control involves a careful application of targeted chemical bombs and preventative sprays. Using chemical pesticides as a first resort can be a bad idea for a few reasons.
Killing off an infestation with heavy-duty pesticides is the quickest way to get rid of the problem, but it’s rarely the most convenient. Not only do you have to leave the house while bombs are going off, but you also have to seal off any food containers and shut off your pilot lights.
The bigger problem with this approach is that it doesn’t solve the real issue — you’re letting pests make themselves at home. When pesticide wears off, it may only be a matter of time before you’re calling up the pest control pros for the same exact issue. It’s time-consuming and expensive to keep returning to the same problem.
If your pest control professional then comes in and applies a similar treatment for the same kind of infestation, you face yet another issue — pesticide resistance.
When you use pesticides, there are usually some bugs in the population that are resistant to them. All of the non-resistant pests will die, leaving only those with an immunity behind. When they reproduce, you’ll end up with a whole population of pesticide-resistant bugs.
The eco-friendly approach not only removes pests but keeps them out. Natural pesticides effectively eliminate pests in the home and stay active for longer than many chemical pesticides. With our exclusion methods, as soon as we get rid of pests, we ensure they don’t have a way back in.
Our techniques are good for the environment and great for your future pest control needs. By sealing your space off, it doesn’t matter how pesticide-resistant those bugs are — they’re still not getting in. Plus, you don’t encourage pesticide resistance in a pest population because you use fewer chemicals to control them.
Take Control of Pest Problems With Eco-Friendly Efforts
Eco-friendly pest control is a safe and powerful approach to any rodent or insect issue. You can start with sealing off any entrances and keeping a tidy home and yard, giving pests few food sources and reasons to come in. When you’re ready for more advanced solutions, look for an eco-friendly pest professional near you.
Are you interested in the lasting benefits of eco-friendly solutions for your pest control problems? Contact Elevate Pest Control to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our safe and effective approach to pest management and prevention.