Don’t Swap One Hazard for Another: The Importance of Green Pest Control

You come home from a long day of work, only to find a trail of ants invading your kitchen. The minuscule soldiers are laser-focused on transporting “food” from the trashcan to an unseen home behind the oven.Next, you catch sight of a fly, buzzing from one counter top to the next. You can almost visualize the germs being deposited on the surfaces where your family’s food is prepared and served. Your first instinct may tell you to visit the grocery store and buy the first insect repellent you spot. But before you spray your home with chemicals you know nothing about, take a moment to weigh the risks.

Risk #1: Introducing Toxins to the Property

Pest control products are designed to kill insects, rodents, and, well, pests. But how do these products differentiate one living thing from the next?

If you have pets and/or children in the home, certain pest control products pose a major hazard. In fact, poison control centers across the world receive thousands of calls each year regarding this very problem. In some cases, children (and even adults) must be hospitalized as a result of pesticide toxicity.

Risk #2: Harming the Environment

The problem with many pesticides is that they harm the intended pest as well as the surrounding environment. The biggest environmental risks include water and air pollution. These chemicals also weaken plant root systems and reduce soil’s ability to supply nutrients to plants.

Risk #3: Failing to Eliminate the Pest

Of course, the worst case scenario will have you poisoning a pet or child, harming the local environment, and still failing to eliminate the pest. You may, for example, buy a product that kills bees, but not the species of wasp living on your back deck.

pest2Pest control companies spend a lot of time, money, and resources on identifying insects. You may think a beetle is just a beetle, but your local professional knows it’s more complicated than that. In fact, this person takes pest control to the next level by:

  • Identifying and monitoring the pests on your property.
  • Controlling (and eliminating) the problem. Oh, and doing so with products that are non-toxic and friendly to the environment.
  • Preventing a future outbreak.

A grocery-store can of repellent may be the quick, easy, and temporary fix you are looking for.

However, green pest control can get rid of the problem safely, say experts who specialize in Arlington Pest Control. You don’t have to use hazardous chemicals to rid your home of pests.

Pix via 1 & 2                                                Anita Ginsburg, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Devner, CO.

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