You and your family have many options when it comes to choosing a pest control solution for your home. While it is popular for pest control providers to use chemical pesticides to control an infestation, it is not always the best solution. The pesticides used in traditional pest control methods not only harm pests, but can also cause significant damage to your family’s health and the earth’s environment. When you choose organic pest control, you are choosing to put your family’s heath first and to preserve our environment and the many ecosystems that live alongside us.
What is organic pest control?
Organic pest control can be used to describe various different methods of pest control which all share the common goal of having little to no impact on humans, wildlife or the environment through the use of natural or eco-friendly pest control practices. There are a variety of benefits to choosing organic pest control when you are faced with an infestation in your home. These benefits range from helping reduce contamination of our environment to keeping your family safe from harmful chemicals.
Organic Pest Control vs Traditional Pest Control Solutions
Traditional pest control solutions use synthetic and toxic chemicals and pesticides to achieve their goal of eliminating or decreasing pest populations around your home. These pest control methods do not take the safety of your family and our planet into account and can have damaging effects on our health while also disrupting the stability of entire ecosystems. Traditional pest control solutions will often rid your home of an infestation more quickly than other more sustainable methods, but their efficacy is short lived. This means that when choosing traditional pest control methods, you will need to have your home serviced more frequently, resulting in further unnecessary use of these dangerous chemicals. Alternatively, organic pest control works to remove unwelcome household pests through methods which have the smallest impact on humans and the environment. These organic methods employ natural ingredients which are derived from plants or flowers to effectively rid your home of pests. In conjunction with these natural elements, organic pest control also uses preventative measures to ensure that your infestation does not return. When choosing a pest control approach to your infestation issues, it is not only important to consider the most effective route, but also the safety of your family and the environment. Organic pest control provides valuable results as well as the peace of mind that you and your family can live freely in your home without having to worry about the harmful chemicals used to control your infestation.
Why should you choose organic pest control?
Organic pest control yields many benefits that are not found when compared to traditional pest control methods. These benefits go beyond ensuring the safety of your family and even include a longer lasting and more effective result to your infestation problems.
One benefit of choosing organic pest control is that the methods used do not produce lingering odors that can be harmful to your family when inhaled in your home. Products used in conventional pest control solutions will stick around in the air after the chemicals have been applied and can pose risks to you and your family, especially if anyone living in your home suffers from asthma or allergies. Additionally, the products used in traditional pest control methods can stain the carpet in your home, while organic pest control products will not.
Perhaps the most beneficial aspect or organic pest control is that it proves to be safer for your children and your pets. Since children and pets are natural explorers, it can prove challenging to keep them away from the chemicals used in your home after traditional pest control services. With eco-friendly pest control, you can let your children and pets roam free in your home without worrying that they will ingest a chemical that could put their health at risk. Traditional pest control methods can eradicate all living organisms that are exposed to the harsh chemicals used to treat your infestation. This makes organic pest control even more advantageous, as it does not rid your properly of every living insect, including those that are beneficial or that are not causing an issue in or around your home.
The environmental benefits of organic pest control also make this green solution far superior to traditional methods. The products used to control pests during organic pest control services produce less greenhouse gases than the chemicals used in traditional techniques. Consequently, eco-friendly methods leave a smaller carbon footprint than conventional pest control systems, allowing for a reduced negative effect on the earth’s environment. Not only is a greener solution to pest control beneficial to your family’s health and the environment, but it has been shown that organic pest control has longer lasting results than traditional methods. Insects and other rodents are able to develop a tolerance or resistance to chemicals which can be passed down to their offspring. This resistance can mean that the chemicals used to treat your infestation through traditional methods will not be optimally effective or have much consequence for the infesting pests. On the contrary, these pests have a much harder time developing a resistance to the products used in eco-friendly pest control, making the efficacy of these natural methods much greater.
What are the risks of traditional pest control methods?
As mentioned, traditional pest control solutions use chemical pesticides that can have negative affects on your family’s health and the environment. These chemicals are often toxic and have been proven to cause a range of health issues for those who are exposed. Pesticides can also exacerbate existing allergies and asthma for anyone who comes into contact with them. Each year, over one billion pounds of chemical pesticides are used in the United States. This exorbitant number is alarming to many due to the link between pesticides and poor health in humans as well as the disruption they can cause to delicately balanced ecosystems and our earth’s environment.
Chemical pesticides are known pollutants that have many undesired and harmful effects. One of the largest threats these pesticides pose is to our environment. The affects of pesticides as a pest control solution are short-lived, while their effect on the environment, water sources and earth’s atmosphere last much longer. The lasting power of pesticides in the environment are based on a half-life measurement. A chemical’s half-life is defined by how long it takes to break down in the environment by 50%, with these particular chemicals taking up to five years to reach their half-life. This means that these chemicals spend much more time damaging the environment than they do protecting your home, as traditional pest control chemicals must be applied monthly for optimal effectiveness. These toxic pest control solutions can also kill your bushes, grass and other plants.
Not only do chemical pesticides have a negative effects on landscapes, but they also cause harm to bugs or animals which are crucial in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. The use of pesticides has been connected with the decline of honeybee populations which have been plummeting in recent years. These harsh chemicals have also negatively impacted populations of butterflies, hummingbirds, lizards and some small species of mammals.
There are a number of human illnesses that have been linked to the use of chemical pesticides and plenty of research to verify this correlation. After performing robust research, The Pesticides Literature review concluded that humans should limit their exposure to these harmful chemicals due to the link between health issues and the use of pesticides in home and garden. The reported health risks associated with chemical pesticide use include cancer, reproductive issues and nervous system diseases. Other studies have also found that those who are subjected to these harmful chemicals for an extended period of time are at greater risk for neurological disorders, childhood leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, lymphoma, birth defects and low birthweight, genetic changes, blood disorders and nerve disorders. Some research has also found a link between asthma and exposure to pesticides.
Pesticide exposure and pesticide poisoning is a much more prevalent issue than people may realize. In a study of 9,282 participants conducted by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, pesticides were found in 100% of those who were tested. Additionally, The World Health Organization approximates that there are three million cases of pesticide poisoning annually.
It isn’t only chronic pesticide exposure that is harmful to human health. Even small exposures to these chemicals can have a negative impact on human reproduction, development and overall health. Short term symptoms of pesticide exposure include skin and eye irritation, nausea, dizziness and headaches. Your pets are also at risk if exposed to pesticides in your home. If your pets ingest or come into contact with pesticides, they may suffer from fever, vomiting, seizures or even respiratory failure.
It is a common misconception that once indoors, you and your family are safe from chemical pesticides which have been used outside. In truth, these pesticides can be tracked into your home where they are then absorbed into your body through dermal contact or inhalation. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, reports that the levels of indoor pollutants can be two to five times greater than pollutant levels found outdoors. They even rank indoor pollution as one of the top four environmental health hazards in America. Unfortunately, these chemicals may go unnoticed by you and your family until you begin to see the negative health effects they can cause.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Most organic pest control solutions use a combination of botanically based products and Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, to combat your pest infestation. Integrated Pest Management is a chemical-free program which is focused on prevention, monitoring and controlling an infestation using a variety of methods and techniques. Utilizing IPM can substantially reduce the use of pesticides and even eliminate their use altogether.
One major preventative technique in IPM is called the exclusion method. This method refers to closing any potential entry points that pests may use to get into your home by patching any holes, caulking around windows and ensuring that your door sweeps are secure and tight. Another practice of IPM is keeping your yard clean and free of debris. You can help to control pest populations outdoors by keeping your grass mowed and trimming shrubs. You should also check that the shrubs and trees in your yard are not touching the outside of your house, as many pests will climb up these plants to gain indoor access.
IPM’s sanitation method is the practice of keeping the inside of your home clean and clear of any items that can attract pests. This includes keeping food sealed and put away and removing any piles of clutter that will give pests a place to hide once they are inside of your home.
Natran’s approach to organic pest control
At Natran Green Pest Control, we use gentle yet highly effective, botanically based products in combination with advanced IPM methods to ensure the protection of your family and home. During our initial visit, we will treat any infested areas or entry points into your home including attics, cracks and crevices, underneath your sinks and any additional areas that might be making your home vulnerable to pest infestations. Once the interior of your home has been treated and secured, our technicians will then service the exterior of your home on a recurring basis. These recurring services include the removal of spider webs and wasp nests, granulation around the perimeter of your property and spraying around windows, doors and the base of your home.
Choosing organic pest control is one way to help reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide exposure. These organic methods can help to cut down on the level of pollutants in your home, protect our environment and decrease your chance of pesticide induced disease or disease exacerbation. Schedule your free inspection with Natran Green Pest Control today for a smarter and more responsible pest control solution.