Sunday, September 22, 2013

Green pest control

 Today's article was submitted to us by Tiffany Olson on behalf of her client, Frank Ling who says that he loves to write for a living. In his spare time he enjoys a good game of “Madden Football,” going to hole-in-the-wall restaurants where the prices are low and the food is tasty, and doing crossword puzzles-- his latest obsession. 

-- Insect Pest Control: It Can Be Green And Clean -- 

As modern civilization has advanced, the need for effective bug pest control has also become more important. These little insects, while oftentimes fascinating, can also be a nuisance at best and cause serious damage to property, crops, and the source of health issues at worst.

What can be done to keep ants, bees, wasps, termites and other creepy crawlers from overtaking our homes and yards?

Chemicals sprays
One of the most common forms of insect pest control is through the use of chemical pesticides. These offer many advantages such as their effectiveness against many types of bugs and insects, the ability of some of these substances to continue to work after they have been applied, and the quick action of these products.

On the downside, some insects can build up a resistance to pesticides; the chemicals may be harmful to certain pets that reside in or around your home, and some may be toxic to humans over a period of time.

Green and clean
Due to the concerns about certain chemicals and the negative effects on the quality of life on living things by using these substances, new technologies and methods have been developed that are “green” in nature; or to put it another way, environmentally friendly and safe.

These methods break down into several categories: environmental control, naturally derived oils and solutions from plants or other organics, and the use of beneficial insects. These alternatives are quite good for those who want a safer way to control pests.

Plant derivatives
A popular alternative to traditional chemical insecticides are solutions that are made from the extracts of plants. These liquid solutions are sprayed directly onto the insects or living spaces of insect pests. These naturally based insecticides disrupt insect growth cycles or affect their metabolism in an adverse way.

Botanical liquids, for the most part, are completely safe for humans and pets. Some have mild scents that many people find quite attractive, in comparison with the harsh odors of chemically derived sprays.

Since plant derivatives are all-natural, they also have the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.

Diatomaceous earth
This natural product is made from the fossilized skeletons of microscopic water algae, called diatoms, which contain silicon. This fine dust is applied to the living areas of soft-bodied insects. As the insects travel through and on this material, the diatomaceous earth (DE), clings to the insect eventually eliminates the pests by disrupting their ability to retain moisture. DE is non-toxic to humans and animals.

Environmental control
This form of green insect control involves a thorough inspection of the infested property and taking numerous measures to physically remove, alter, or prevent insect pests from entering or gaining a foothold in or around a residence.

This may involve sweeping known hideouts of insects; blocking access points; eliminating insect attractants such as food; clearing weeds or shrubbery, and ongoing preventative maintenance to keep the bug population under control.

The pros know
Each insect pest has routines and living habits specific to each species. A pest control professional can help you solve difficult insect problems in your home and garden by providing you with cutting-edge solutions that are not only effective, but can be green and clean too!

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