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Is There Such A Thing As Non-Toxic Pesticides?

January 15, 2016

No, that would be an oxymoron.  You can have the words ‘non-toxic’ but, by definition, you can’t combine them with the word ‘pesticide.’   Any type of non-toxic substance wouldn’t help your pest problem.  But most people are misinformed.  Pesticides aren’t just synthetic products; a pesticide could also be considered ALL NATURAL.  ALL CAPS?  YES!  ALL NATURAL!!  It means straight from our beloved planet without any synthetic processing.  An example of these all natural pesticides would be botanical oils extracted from plants.  But even though these products are all natural, that doesn’t mean they are non-toxic.  Anything can be toxic in high doses.  That’s why pest control companies aren’t able to claim “non-toxic treatment.”

All natural treatments, while not ‘non-toxic’ are environmentally friendly.  They have a very short residual life which means, they don’t hang around.  This is both bad and good.  Good for the environment.  Not so good for killing your pests long-term.  This gives way to more visits from your pest control professional.  So why bother?  It all depends on your goals.  If you are looking for pest control that is the safest option for your pets and the environment, then an All NATURAL TREATMENT may be what is best for you.

What separates a great pest control company from an average pest control company is the knowledge of Integrated Pest Management or IPM.  IPM allows the pest control professional to make an informed decision on which product to apply, where to apply it to, and how to make a proper application.

What most people don’t realize is that pesticides can have a reduced risk when using the proper application processes.  In the past, pest control companies would arrive at your home, and depending on what pest was giving you issues, would cover the walls and baseboards with a spray.  IPM pest control companies these days will first inspect your home and identify the pest.  Then we will use the best product and application practices that are safe and will get rid of that particular pest.

For example, let’s say you have an issue with big-headed ants. Now the best way to get rid of big-headed ants in your house may be to place baits for the ants outside, leading the trails of ants out of the house, and allowing the ants to bring the bait back to their nest, killing the colony.  In this instance, the pest control practice used was an informed one, based on the proper identification of the pest.  The product itself was friendly for the environment and your pets and it was also applied to a discreet area outside of your home.

When you find a great IPM pest control company to service your home and get rid of the pests in a controlled and informed way, gone are the days of unsafe pesticide practices.  To partner with a friendly, certified, and knowledgeable IPM pest control company contact the professionals here at Nozzle Nolen today!





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