If you’ve been a homeowner for very long, chances are you’ve had some run-ins with pests of one variety or another. Maybe you tackled moles in the yard, insects in the garden, or a rat skulking around the garage. Playing defense and dealing with critters on the outside of your property is one thing. But when rodents or wildlife make their way inside the house, it becomes personal! Even the best of us can react slightly (…or very) irrational under the circumstances. (Like swinging a tennis racket at a bat in the attic!)
There are plenty of simple and effective measures that you can take to solve a small indoor pest problem. Checking the perimeter of your home and securely sealing all entry points, for example. Using rodent traps, if necessary. But if you realize you have a nest of – fill in the blank – (rats, mice, raccoons) hanging out rent-free, you may not have the time or patience for traditional DIY rodent control methods.
For cooler heads to prevail, you’ve got to know when you’re out of your depth. There’s no shame in admitting it. When you can hear the scratching and gnawing of rodents you probably aren’t thinking about green pest control, but rather a total pest annihilation. In a moment of panic or frustration, you could jump to a solution that’s not actually safe for your family or your home. That’s when it’s time to call in the cavalry!
Why Consider Hiring a Green Pest Control Service?
Hiring a professional green pest control service will help you secure high quality, safe care for your family, property, and the environment. Keep in mind that you are at risk of coming into contact with any products used in your home during rodent control procedures. The health and safety of your family is your top priority. While you’re focused on keeping them safe from rodents, the way the rodents are dealt with is a health concern of its own.
Pesticides and toxic chemicals often used to kill rodents can cause serious problems for the people and pets living in the house. According to the Pesticide Action Network, exposure can happen by way of ingestion, inhalation or skin contact. Acute or long-term toxicity can follow, leading to a host of possible effects- neurological problems, cancer, birth defects, just to name a few. The National Pesticide Information Center advises that children are even more vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticides than adults because they are still growing and developing.
Rodent control is an urgent matter, and the good news is that you can get results quickly and safely using the methods that professional green pest control specialists provide.
What is Green Pest Control?
Ok, what is the actual difference between “green” pest control and regular pest control exactly? The term “Green” indicates that the service offered is working with non-chemical measures and the use of naturally occurring pesticides. Using products that only come from “earth-based” materials such as borates, and botanical insecticides and pesticides classified, are how truly “green” pest control companies operate.
Green pest control service is certainly a specialty, but it is not as rare as it once was. Consumers are showing a growing eco-consciousness, and pest control professionals have responded to the demand for cleaner, safer treatment, and products.
How Do Green Pest Control Services Work?
Environmentally friendly pest control uses an integrated pest management approach. This method is gaining popularity in many communities around the nation. integrated pest management (IPM) is a process, not a one-and-done operation. The goal is to diminish risks to people and the environment while solving the rodent or pest problem.
Have a very sticky pest problem? Wondering if the green approach of integrated pest management can work for you? Whether you’re in an urban, rural, or commercial area, IPM can be used to neutralize all kinds of pests in different environments.
Getting down to the details, University of California’s Agriculture Department defines IPM as an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.
Will pesticides ever be used in an IMP plan? Naturally occurring pesticides may be introduced only if the assessment shows that they are needed according to established environmental guidelines. Next, pest control materials are chosen and applied in a way that reduces the risks to human health, other living things, and the environment.
Integrated pest management is all about the long-term prevention of pests. Instead of focusing just on the pest you have right now, IPM is a holistic approach that considers the bigger picture. Green pest control specialists evaluate what environmental factors you have going on at home that are allowing rodents to thrive in your space.
Without taking the all the right steps and working through the entire process, rodents pests will return and invade your space again and again. The key strategy involves managing the ecosystem.
Starting with prevention methods, you can expect a thorough inspection of your home for external weaknesses and then caulking of cracks to seal all possible entry points and keep rodents from getting in. Next, experts will analyze the environmental factors that affect the particular rodent you’re dealing with, and its ability to thrive. With this information, you and the professional team can now control the situation. A critical step is to actually create conditions that are uncomfortable and displeasing for the pest- they’ll be leaving in no time!
Correct pest identification and monitoring play big roles in successful integrated pest management. It can help you decide how much on-going management is needed on the property.
Monitoring is the routine of checking your home’s exterior and landscaping, as well as out-of-sight interior areas like the attic and basement to see which type of rodents are there, in what numbers, or what damage they’ve done. Every rodent and pest is unique. The steps used to eliminate one type wouldn’t work on another, so correctly identifying the pest is key to knowing best management strategy.
The genius of IMP is it combines methods that are often used separately in isolation- biological control, cultural control, mechanical and physical control, and chemical control- but actually work better together. It’s what makes the approach so effective and successful.
The EPA estimates that thousands of children under the age of six are poisoned by pesticides every year! Because they are usually applied at ground level where young children crawl and play, it’s just a terrible accident waiting to happen. When stored or used improperly, pesticides can be lethal for young children.
Pet animals are part of your family too and rely on you for safety and protection in the home. If the instructions aren’t followed correctly, pesticides can be seriously dangerous to pets. Rodent bait and traps that are set out and left unattended are at risk of being sniffed or lapped up by a curious pet.
Toxic sprays and dangerous traps have become an outdated method for rodent control. Green Rodent Control methods will put safety first and still achieve excellent results. You can rely on your local experts at Green Rat Control to use green products that will get you effective results, without dangerous methods. Team up and confidently tackle your rodent or pest infestation!
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