In fact, more and more companies are offering or are even entirely focused on “eco-consciousness” practices and instead of using chemicals instead implement natural ways to get rid of pests. Traditional pest control companies often uses very aggressive chemicals, like pyrethroids and pyrethrins, to get rid of bugs. These have a bigger impact on the environment than other more natural remedies.
A green or natural approach will see pest control experts using natural products, such as boric acid or a program built round IPM (Integrated Pest Management), which we’ll look more at later
Forced Into Action
If you are reading this, as I am, then the chances are you are all too aware of how insects, rodents -- and pests in general -- carry disease, cause a stink and creep us out. How they can cause property damage, will set-of allergies, and do untold harm to both the human and pet residents of a person’s home and property. Bottom line? We don’t need, want, or like pest guests, but thankfully, help is out there. There are now many companies that are experts in dealing with pest infestations, companies geared up and ready to get all kinds pests out of your home -- both quickly and safely.
Any pest control service worth their salt will quickly identify the types of pests that are plaguing a property, be it your home, office or an outhouse. They can then rid a space of unwanted guests and help owners and boss’s alike take precautionary measures to ensure their home, businesses and other spaces are not found to be pest infested ever again.
As much as we like to think any and all pests are going to drive us into a panic, most of us understand that we live in and around nature. So, as homeowners and/or business owners, we can handle a pest problem in the garden or office grounds, but once insects and/or rodents come inside and set up house, living it up in our space? That’s right, we act. This is now probably too late an action, but at least we will have now identified that we have a problem.
Doing It By Ourselves
More often than not homeowners will be able to effectively take on indoor pest problems on their own. This can be achieved this by preventing or correcting a condition; for example sealing cracks or holes or through purchasing an environmentally friendly insecticide. This can be a core foundation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.
Centered round a combination of common-sense practices (IPM) can be an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. IPM programs apply the most up to date information on the life cycles of pests and how they behave. This deep understanding of the pest is then used to manage them in the most natural and economical way.
Keep It Green: Preventive cultural practices
Deal with pest problems by removing the essential things they need to live (water, shelter, food). Since insects are cold-blooded, their physical development is dependent on area temperatures. Regular inspections for any cracks or holes, both on the inside and outside of the structure, including screens, weather-stripping around doors and windows, leaky faucets, appliances and pipes. Cleaning up unnecessary clutter (including papers), which can provide hiding and nesting places, or even nesting materials.
Observation Equals Natural
Observation is extremely important for those of us who want to keep it natural. The early detection of pests creates an early warning system, helping to prevent or minimize any infestation, thus reducing or completely removing the need to use chemicals. Prevention, as the wise saying goes, is always better than cure. Observation is best split up into inspection and identification. Visual inspection, insect traps and other methods are used to monitor pest levels. Record-keeping is essential, as is a thorough knowledge to target pest behavior and reproductive cycles.
Restrict and Control
Luckily for us mechanical and physical controls have next to no effect on the natural enemies and other non-target organisms of the pests you wish to get rid off, and are well matched with other biological controls. With rapid and effective results that are well suited for both buildings and gardens Control Measures Include, but are not inclusive of: Habitat manipulation (removal of weeds), barrier creation (door sweeps, weather-stripping, screens), trapping, hand removal, and vacuuming.
Control Through Biology
Natural biological processes and materials can provide control that meets acceptable environmental levels of impact and often at a lower cost, through, for example, introducing the natural enemies of insect pests, also known as biological control agents, into the home and garden.
Synthetic pesticides are used as required and often only at specific times in a pest's life cycle. Many newer pesticides are derived from plants or naturally occurring substances (e.g. nicotine, Pyrethrin (a botanical insecticide) and insect juvenile hormone analogues) but the active component may be altered to provide increased biological activity or stability. Applications of pesticides must reach their intended targets and not spread or leach into the wider environment. Employing low-volume spray equipment instead of machines easily reduces overall pesticide use and has a beneficial impact all round.
Chemical pesticides should only be used as a very last option in garden or home pest defense especially if children and/or pets are present. They’re much more vulnerable to pesticides since their bodies are still growing and/or smaller. If you’re aiming to go green, and deal with pest the natural way, chemicals should be used as a very last resort, but, unfortunately sometimes you need to use everything available.
The first step is to look online in your local phonebook under Pest Control and see if there’s a company who advertises its service as environmentally safe. There’s always going to be someone somewhere who offers a green alternative, if you can’t find one, ask a friend or even a local government office for guidance and advice. Someone somewhere will know a green pest control provider!
When the exterminator arrives, even if it’s just for peace of mind, ask for a product catalogue, and for details about the ingredients being used in the pest control program. Although we’re sure they’ll be safe for the environment, you, and your family, it’s always good to ask.
As we sure you know: Pests hate clean tidy environments. They enjoy mess, clutter and dirt. The first line is: Keep clean! Vacuum, scrub, sweep and polish. It is an effective way of keeping pests at bay and away.
Go Boric. Go DE
A great way of dealing with cockroaches is through both boric acid and diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE has poses little toxic threat to humans and pets, however, boric acid has a low acute toxicity and should be handled carefully. Both of these are poisons that cause dehydration and death. Place any powder under any major kitchen appliances (fridge, freezer, cooker) in crevices and cracks, and any spaces between walls and cupboards. Always use masks, goggles and gloves when applying any chemicals in any form, be it as powder or liquid. Keep away from food, children and pets. Baits or sticky traps are also good for a smaller number of pests.
Insects: Insect overload, where you’re just being driven to distraction by unwanted guests, is the most common problem that certain specialized pest control companies deal with. They will use specific sprays or poisons that can be sprayed to rid houses of all-and-any-kind of insect. They will know how to use traps to attract and kill bugs, as well as different natural preventative methods. They will teach families how to ensure bugs do not re-infest a home. Remember, prevention is always better than
The More Difficult Visitor: Having to deal specifically with more specialized problems requires the expertise of others, here companies focus on bedbugs, raccoons or termites. While some large, generalized pest control companies are well versed in more common insects like ants, roaches and mosquitoes, more specialized companies can deal with problems that are rarer (like bed bugs) or regionalized (like scorpions).
Rats and Mice: Some pest control experts focus solely on clearing spaces of rodents. These companies therefore may have no specialized solutions for dealing with insects -- such as sprays, chemicals and/or nest removal, but they are experts in getting rid of mammals with traps, steel wool etc and through best practices in building maintenance.
Multi-faceted pest control companies: Many pest control companies use a combination of strong toxins when infestations are particularly large and hard to treat, or when they have not responded to less harsh treatments, and eco-friendly, more gentle treatments when infestations are not particularly difficult or when pest problems are mild.
Billing: Always Know How It Works
We cannot stress enough how important it is to research the cost of a pest control treatment program and how it will need to be paid. Research available payment plans for each company you are interested in and look for specialized pest control plans that are going to meet your needs. Always show a prospective service the homework you’ve done, show them what other service providers are offering and you’ll be surprised how much a company will move to meet and better the other pest control service providers.
Plus, of course, (And this goes without saying, but here it is anyway) before you get anywhere near the point of payment, be absolutely sure you have done your research, in short: Only ever hire companies that have a good reputation.
Preventative pest control
Some pest control companies specialize in setting up a system that makes it nearly impossible for an infestation to happen in the first place. Some preventative care measures include filling holes through which pests can come in, removing items to which they are attracted, and spraying chemicals which repel them to keep them away.
Chemical pest control
Chemical control is a popular method of getting rid of pests in a home, during which a pest control company uses harsh chemicals, like Piperonyl Butoxide, to rid the house of unwanted creatures.
Some pest control companies specialize in using traps to capture pests rather than kill them with chemicals. Traps are often preferable for eco-friendly customers who don’t like the use of chemicals in their homes, office or garden.
These pest control companies can help rid a home that has already been infested with rats, mice and other rodents or set up preventative measures, like mouse traps, steel wool-fillers and repellent chemicals so these animals never enter a home.
Insect control specialists rid both homes and businesses of spiders, flies, ants, roaches and other common insects. Some insect control companies do not deal with rodents, and thus are a better choice for a business or residence that is only dealing with bugs, not rodents. Insect control companies have specialized knowledge of how to get rid of insects, and they are often equipped with a wide range of chemicals to do so.
Some pest control companies specialize in a very specific type of pest control, this means they will display particular expertize in the pest they are focused on, be that bed bugs, termites, or bats: All of which are more difficult to remove, and keep away, than other “run of the mill” unwanted guests
The Best Natural Pest Control Companies Near Me
As shown throughout this piece there are so many variables and points that need to be considered, but it is a very important question, as franchises, both regional, national (and international) can suffer performance differences from one place to another. Just because a particular company comes out tops in City A doesn’t necessarily mean it will do in City B. Always get online, ask friends, check out the Yellow Pages and get an answer to the question: Who are the best natural pest control companies near me?
No matter the kind of pests that are invading your life, we have it covered. Explore the site and find all the answers you need. Our Pest Removal FAQ has articles about getting rid of every kind of pest you can imagine. And if you still have questions, contact us: We’ll do our very best to help.
For example, if you’re having problems with birds check out this page. Got a bat problem? Click here. Whatever your pest problem, we have detailed information that will help you tackle the issue head on with clear, easy to understand steps that work.
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