In today’s world, it seems “green” or “environmentally friendly” is popping up in every aspect of our lives, including pest control.
While many satisfactory alternatives to traditional pest control exist, the term “green” has caused a lot of confusion to its exact meaning. To complicate the issue, many “green” pesticides are being introduced with claims to being “safe” and “natural”, possibly misleading the customer.
To shed some truth to these claims, we are offering our professional opinion on some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding this subject.
Does Exodus practice “green” pest control?
The services provided by Exodus follows Integrated Pest Management practices as defined by the State of New York.
When properly understood and applied, these principles are the foundation of any “green” Pest Management program. The term “green”, in some ways, can be viewed as a re-packaged version of IPM that Exodus has practiced for over a decade.
Does Exodus use “green” pesticides?
When deemed appropriate, or when requested by the customer, Exodus will employ the use of reduced risk materials to control or eliminate pest activity.
The EPA has designated several pesticides to be “safer alternatives” or “organic”. These materials are most often used when restrictions require them, such as in schools, daycare facilities or other sensitive settings.
Do “green” materials really work?
This is purely subjective, based on the setting and type of pest intended to control. Many of the naturally derived pesticides work satisfactorily when used as a contact treatment though they most commonly have a limited residual life. Some materials, like dust formulations can be longer lasting and have differing modes of control action. These materials should be carefully selected based on treatment settings.
Are natural pesticides “safer” than traditional pesticides?
Naturally derived pesticides are still pesticides, and they must be applied with care and according to the label. Natural or not, any pesticide that is misused presents a potentially risk. Because a label, or person, claims that a product is derived “from flowers” or some other natural component, does not necessarily make it safe. After all, gasoline is derived from nature, but one would not misuse it without consequence. Furthermore, today’s highly regulated pesticide formulations; used according with the label by a trained, responsible applicator can be as “safe” as their “green” counterpart.
So if I decide to request a “green” alternative, what should I expect?
Some pest control companies and product manufacturers claim to offer green alternatives to traditional pest control with similar results. While we offer our customers these options, we will also explain the differences of the two approaches so our customers have an educated choice. These differences can be explained in detail by a customer service representative or by a service technician.
Green pest management practices using naturally derived pesticide alternatives can be appropriate in certain settings. Knowing the advantages and potential drawbacks to this approach is important when making a decision to go this route when planning a pest management strategy. The professionals at Exodus will guide you in helping make this decision with clear answers to questions you may have regarding this subject.