We have all come across new inhabitants in our homes and food storage areas. Finding rodents and other insects at home is never pleasant, especially since they can cause more or less serious damage. Our first thought is often to exterminate them with the help of chemicals that are highly harmful to our health, our pets and the environment.
In view of these adverse effects, some companies are developing alternatives for eco-friendly pest control, also called organic pest control.
What is eco-friendly pest control? Is it really possible?
Understanding eco-friendly pest control and its benefits
Eco-friendly pest control is a sustainable method that includes various physical, mechanical, biological and chemical pest control tools. The goal is to be able to rid homes and apartments of rodents and other insects while avoiding their eradication as much as possible. It’s important to remember that preserving these animals and insects is beneficial because they play a major role in the environment and the ecosystem.
Organic pest control works according to four principles which are:
The extermination professional will identify the invading insects, the causes and the preventive measures.
Observation involves setting up detection methods and defining when to act.
At this point the exterminator intervenes using different methods of biological, physical, mechanical and psychological control. Chemical intervention methods are used only as a last resort.
Once he has intervened, the specialist must frequently check the progress of the situation and adapt the methods used if necessary.
Eco-friendly methods: an alternative worth considering
It can be said that eco-friendly pest control represents an alternative to chemicals that can be used in the face of an insect invasion. It has many advantages from an environmental standpoint since it reduces the massive concentration of pesticide residues that harm consumers. It also helps eliminate the risk of surface and ground water pollution and contributes to making the soil of farmers in rural areas fertile. Finally, it can prevent a pest invasion by promoting techniques that are suitable for our ecosystem.
Methods used in organic pest control
This method consists of creating physical barriers to unwelcome visitors, such as the use of packaging, mosquito nets, wire mesh, sticks, boiling water and caulking guns.
Physical control methods include cold, heat, UV, infrasound, ultrasound, etc.
Psychological control techniques are anything that can catch or remove pests, with the help of traps, baits, lures, scarecrows, electrocution screens and poisoned feeds.
For this method, other predators are used to hunt those already present, such as spiders and centipedes. Pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi can also be used. This is very effective, especially against mites.
What to remember
Eco-friendly pest control is a highly viable method for getting rid of pests in our homes. It is an approach developed with respect for people and the environment. While it does not exclude the use of chemicals in extreme situations, it will always prioritize a process that is least harmful to our ecosystem.
Even in the context of organic pest control, it is important to call a professional exterminator. Do not hesitate to contact the Elite Pest Control team, our decontamination experts will know how to adapt their methods to your situation and will get rid of any undesirables.