Green pest control

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Green pest control promises eradicating pests and insects using natural ingredients (instead of synthetic), which break down quickly in the environment, and pose less of a toxic threat to humans and ecosystems. But critics caution that just because the ingredients in green cleaners are plant-based or natural does not necessarily mean they are safe. In recent times, pest control companies are looking at greener solutions and have shed the "man-with-a- can" image.

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Why should I be aware of these?

People go out of their way to buy organic food and then come home and spray the same chemical around their home.

When we spray for bugs, we release toxins into our environment that damage health and release toxic chemicals in the waterways. Moreover, the strongest bugs survive, and when they breed, they emerge as a smarter "enemy" with which to contend. Moreover, pesticides destroy natural predators and helpful microorganisms, creating a cycle of pesticide addiction.

How does this affect me?

There are also health hazards associated with chemicals used for pest control. They have been blamed for many illnesses and diseases, including cancer, kidney and liver damage, disorders in the nervous system and even birth defects. Furthermore, they are quite dangerous for wildlife, affecting their habitats and their young. If chemical pest control agents are not used properly, they can also affect pets.

All about green pest control

Green pest control methods are usually safer to use than chemical pesticides. They are typically environment-friendly and have minimal or little ill effects on human, animal and plant health.

Instead of using chemicals, green pest controllers investigate how and why pests infiltrate a building. Then they rely on detergent water, vacuum cleaners and low- or no-toxicity products to fight the problem. They go for a door sweep; a trap or a glue board that catches pests; installing a light that traps flies and an "air curtain," or blower, that keeps flies from entering through an open doorway.

There are also plant based natural pest control alternatives such as neem oil, eucalyptus oil, garlic water, white vinegar and hot pepperwax.

The advantage of these alternatives is that since ingredients are all-natural, they may be prepared by anyone who has the basic information and training. Alternatives also do not have the same strong, offensive smell that chemical pesticides have. They are non-toxic, biodegradable and quite effective, especially with pests that have already developed a tolerance for certain chemicals.

There are also some disadvantages to alternative forms of pest control. Often, they require more intensive efforts in terms of management and use. As such, you will need a lot of patience and training when using alternative pest control. Gardeners and homeowners also have to know which pests are susceptible to which formulation. As a result, there is a need for better understanding of these alternatives in order to use them successfully.

What can I do?

Green pest control supports non-toxic and cruelty-free pest control. When you quit using pesticides, some bugs may come back to your garden as nature struggles to regain balance. But after a season or two, a diverse and robust community of insects will thrive and no single bug will dominate. Once your garden regains this healthy balance, you can preserve it by using pesticide alternatives such as biological pest control or non-toxic repellants that are made from organic, biodegradable ingredients.

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  • Pest control business turns to greener methods