Natural, Organic, Non-Toxic and Green Pest Control
By DoMyOwnPestControl.com staff
In today's society there is a big emphasis on using natural, organic, non-toxic, or "green" products. In the pest control industry each of these terms can mean something very different. Before starting a pest control program one should consider what their goal actually is. Is the goal to use only organic products (organic food processing facilities)? Is the goal to use only natural products? Or is the goal to institute a program that is environmentally friendly?
Natural Insecticides and Natural Pesticides
A natural pesticide is made up of materials that occur in nature and are left virtually unchanged for our use. Most of these products contain materials that are derived from plants, but several products also contain minerals - mostly dust products. Many people make the mistake of assuming that "natural" automatically means safe or safer to use than other synthetic products. This is not true. Arsenic is a natural product yet is not considered environmentally friendly or safe for use around homes.
Natural is not the same thing as organic. A natural product may or may not be organic depending on how the product was made.
Organic Insecticides and Organic Pesticides
An organic pesticide is a product produced in accordance with The Organic Act and its regulations. An organic pesticide, like natural pesticides are made up of materials that occur in nature and are left virtually unchanged for our use. And just like natural products, organic products are also "toxic", though they may have a low toxicity rate for warm blooded animals. (At a certain level, just about any chemical will have a toxic effect on warm blooded animals, even water).
Are there any non-toxic pesticides or insecticides on the market?
Simply put, NO. If a product, be it organic, natural or synthetic will kill an insect (by any other means than mechanical) it is "toxic". There are however, a wide range of products on the market both natural and synthetic that have a low order of toxicity for warm blooded mammals making them safer to use. Many pests can also be caught with glue board traps, snap traps or they can be mechanically eliminated (think fly swatter), all non-toxic options.
How can I implement a green pest control program?
The idea of a green pest control program is not limited to using natural or organic insecticides. There are no set guidelines for green pest control, but one should use a holistic approach when considering starting an environmentally friendly pest control program in their home or business.
Go Green with IPM. Using Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a great way to start a green pest control program. We have a very informative article that explains step-by-step how to do IPM, just follow this link to the article: Integrated Pest Management. The goal for using a green pest management program is to reduce the use of chemical treatment. This can be accomplished by following IPM steps 1-5. There may still be instances where a chemical treatment is needed. In that case, a product that poses the lowest risk to the environment but is still strong enough to kill the target pest should be used.
Do My Own Pest Control carries a full line of Natural, Organic and Green Pest control products. Call or email us for advice on selecting the correct product for your situation or for help creating a specific program to fit your needs.
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