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It’s true that most bugs and insects are harmless and are actually beneficial to our ecosystem. But they can be bothersome or a health and safety concern when large numbers or infestations are present, which is why there is pest control.
When it comes to dealing with pest issues, many people want to take the safest, most natural approach possible. And we understand this 100%. This is an integral part of who we are as a company and it's deeply rooted in our pest control approach and methods.
Because the term ‘pest control’ is often associated with using toxic chemicals, people are concerned that hiring a pest control company and using pest control treatments are horrible for the environmental and will put people, especially children and pets who get into anything and everything, in danger if exposed to it. Other reasons include wanting to help safeguard the environment and protecting other non-bothersome insects from being harmed.
If you’re avoiding hiring a pest control professional because you’re concerned about the safety of pest control methods and products used, remember that pests can be harmful to people and pets, and damaging to structures:
When real pest issues are present, it’s important to address them quickly and the right way the first time. This is because pest issues take time to resolve. The longer they persist, the bigger the issue gets, and the more difficult, time consuming, and costly it becomes to resolve.
There are many DIY natural pest control remedies that people try – vinegar, lemon juice, salt and essential oils, like peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, tree tea oil and eucalyptus. Do they really work? Some swear by them and others have not had the same success. In situations where they have worked, they have often only repelled some common nuisance insects or killed them upon direct contact if large enough quantities were used. In terms of natural pest control remedies successfully solving true pest issues or infestations, they are not effective.
It’s important to remember that by the time you actually spot insects, bugs and rodents crawling around your home or business, an infestation has likely already occurred. Plus, you’re only likely seeing a fraction of the pest population that’s invaded your space. Without fully understanding the extent or seriousness of the pest issue you are dealing with; you cannot successfully solve it.
In our professional opinion, the best type of natural pest control solutions that homeowners, cottage owners, renters and businesses is proactive year-round pest proofing – spring, summer, fall and winter. Taking preventative measures to keep pests out is your best defense against pests and infestations.
DIY or natural pest control remedies (home-made or ‘off the shelf’) are not always safe, even when best efforts are made to be safe. Using too much of a ‘good’ thing can be harmful to anyone. Because these solutions often include salt, vinegar, bleach, food grade Diatomaceous Earth (D.E) and fiberglass particles, if they are misused or inhaled, they can cause external or internal burns, breathing sensitives, respiratory distress, and even death.
In situations where a pest issue develops into a full fledge infestation or the type of pest you are dealing with is concerning, professional help is needed to resolve it or prevent a bigger pest problem from occurring. A trained technician will expertly assess the seriousness of the situation, extent of the issue, possible health concerns or damage, and advise on the best course of treatment, all with no guesswork.
If you’re looking for more natural and environmentally responsible pest control remedies, find a like-minded pest management company, like Environmental Pest Control, who designs and administers pest control solutions that are safe for the environment and your family:
By working with a company that shares your beliefs and values, you can feel good about your decision.
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