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If you have an insect or pest infestation, you absolutely have to take the necessary steps to contain it. The safety of your family and those around you is at stake.

Increasingly, many people prefer to use natural rather than chemical means to do this. You may have already considered this option yourself.

But are natural pesticides truly effective in controlling an infestation? Are they a genuine alternative to chemical pesticides or those used by pest management experts?

Find out in this article.

Are natural pesticides as effective as chemical pesticides?

If you’ve already done some research to find ways to naturally combat certain pests, you probably didn’t have too much trouble finding a few examples:

  • Canola oil is said to be effective against ants
  • Garlic oil would be effective against the most common birds and insects
  • Lemongrass may help repel disease-carrying mosquitoes

However, all of these products are mostly just repellents. They can repel insects, but not exterminate them. For this reason, they are best viewed as temporary or preventive solutions, since permanent extermination solutions are required when dealing with potentially dangerous pests.

Chemical pesticides must be used with care

While most natural pesticides do not kill insects or pests, chemical pesticides are definitely capable of stopping them dead in their tracks. Whether for ants, cockroaches or bedbugs, there are products powerful enough to decimate entire colonies in a very short period of time.

However, the strength of chemical pesticides also makes them more dangerous to handle for the general public. Some products used to treat infestations can be harmful to the health of at-risk individuals and to the environment.

Exterminators safely handle chemical pesticides

With large infestations, it is virtually impossible to solve the problem with natural products. Chemical pesticides will have to be sprayed to ensure the safety of building occupants overrun by insects or pests.

In this case, it is best to hire an extermination service to apply the pesticides. Pest control experts will need a much smaller amount of pest control products since they have a much better idea of where to spray and how much to use for the most effective results.

Exterminators also have access to Health Canada-approved pesticides that have a lower environmental impact. You may want to hire an exterminator who uses these types of environmentally friendly products when the situation permits.

Elite Pest Control offers you the best of both worlds

In summary, natural plant-based pesticides are obviously more environmentally friendly than those made with chemical ingredients, but do not really have the power to get rid of an infestation.

On the other hand, chemical pesticides are very effective at eradicating insects, but should be used sparingly because of their toxicity.

At Elite Pest Control, we offer you the best of both worlds. If you are dealing with harmful insects, we offer you pest control methods that limit the amount of pesticide used to a minimum. In addition, the products we use are approved by Health Canada.

Contact us for a free quote!