The world goes green. "Green" is the color of environmental concern, the momentum that drives cutting-edge technology, the buzzword of social consciousness. Attention to the environment and human impact on them lead to bring a large range of new products to the market, pest control is no exception. Environmentally friendly pest control services are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the commercial sector. Even smart consumers at home ask about natural alternatives to conventional pesticides, but the enthusiasm when faced with it is often cooled by 10% to 20% in terms of cost and length of treatment times, sometimes several weeks.
Raising US environmental awareness, along with stringent federal regulations governing conventional chemical pesticides, appears to shift the focus of the pest control industry into integrated pest management (IPM) technologies. IPM is not only safer for the environment, but also safer for people, pets, and secondary scavengers like owls. Of the 378 pest management companies included in Pest Control Technology in 2008, two-thirds said they had provided IPM services of some kind.
Rather than linking pest sites to a toxic cocktail of powerful insecticides designed to kill, IPM focuses on environmentally friendly prevention techniques designed to keep pests away. While low-toxic or non-toxic products can also be used to encourage pests to pack their bags, efforts to eliminate and control the disease focus on finding and eliminating the causes of infection: entry points, attractants, shelter and food.
IPM is particularly popular in schools and nursing homes in charge of protecting the health of the youngest and oldest citizens in the country, at greater risk from hazardous chemicals, and draws the attention of hotels, office buildings, residential complexes and other commercial establishments, as well as the environment of residential customer awareness. Driven by equal parts of environmental concerns and health risk risks, interest in IPM brings a wide range of environmentally friendly and high-tech low-tech pest management products to the market.
"It is probably the best product in this area," said Tom Green, president of the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America, a nonprofit organization that certifies green extermination companies. In an interview with The Associated Press published on MSNBC online last April, Green explained, "The mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of the pencil diameter. So if you have a quarter-inch gap under your door, as far as the mouse is concerned, there is no door There at all. " Cockroaches can be slid through one eighth inch incision.
Cindy Manis, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, a trade association in the $ 6.3 billion pest control industry, told the Associated Press that integrated pest management is "a better way to control pests for home, environment and family health." . However, because IPM is a relatively new addition to the pest control arsenal, Mann cautioned that there is little consensus on the definition of green services.
In an effort to set industry standards for IPM services and providers, the North American Integrated Pest Management Institute has developed the Green Shield Certified Program (GSC). Identifying pest control products and companies that avoid traditional pesticides in favor of environmentally friendly control methods, GSC is certified by EPA, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and HUD. IPM prefers mechanical, physical and cultural methods to control pests, but it may use biocides derived from naturally occurring substances such as animals, plants, bacteria and some minerals.
Toxic chemical sprayers give way to new, sometimes unconventional, methods of treating pests. Some are high-tech, such as the quick-freezing Cryonite process to get rid of bed bugs. Others, such as trained dogs that recognize bed bugs, appear to have very low technology, but use modern methods to achieve results. For example, farmers have used sensitive dog noses to inhale problem lesions for centuries; but training dogs to sniff out explosives and drugs is a relatively recent development. Using these same techniques to teach dogs to inhale termites and bed bugs is sophisticated.
Another pest control technique is birth control. When San Francisco was threatened by mosquitoes carrying the potentially life-threatening West Nile virus, bicycle sponsors were hired to roam the city and drop packages of biological insecticides into the city's 20,000 banks. Some kind of contraceptive method for mosquitoes, the new method was considered safer than aerial spraying with chemical litter, a mosquito shrinking procedure, according to a recent story posted on the National Public Radio website.
Of course, efforts are underway to build a better mousetrap. The innovative Track & Trap system attracts mice or rats to a fluorescent powder-coated food station. Rodents leave a visible trace of black light that allows pest control experts to close entry routes. Soon, Night Watch uses pheromone research to lure insects in bed. In England, an acoustic device designed to repel mice and squirrels is being tested, and Rat Zapper mice are allegedly delivering fatal shock using only two AA batteries.
Along with this influx of new eco-friendly products is installing a set of federal regulations. Critics of recent EPA regulations restricting the sale of certain chemicals that kill pests accuse the government of unfairly restricting the homeowner to protect his property. The 2004 EPA ban on chemical diazinon for home use two years ago led to the removal of a powerful lethal antibiotic from the homeowner's pest control arsenal. Similarly, the 2008 EPA regulations prohibiting the sale of small amounts of effective rodenticides, unless sold in a closed trap, stripped off the chemicals that kill rodents from shelves of hardware and home improvement stores, limiting the homeowner's ability to protect their property and family from These disease-carrying lesions.
In the public interest, the government's pesticide control measures aim to protect children. According to a report dated May 20, 2008 on CNN online, a study conducted by the American Association of Poison Control Centers indicated that rat poison was responsible for about 60,000 cases of poisoning between 2001 and 2003, 250 of which resulted in serious injury or death. The California National Wildlife Service test found rodent pesticide residues in each animal tested.
Consumers embrace the idea of natural pest control and modern products and technologies compatible with pest management. The availability of government goods and regulations limits self-treatment options for consumers, forcing them to turn to professional pest control companies to mitigate pest infestation. Although this has proven to be a viable option for commercial customers, few resident customers are willing to pay higher prices for more up-to-date, more labor-intensive green pest control products, and even less willing to wait an extra week or two. You may need these products to work. It is leading efforts by pest control companies to educate consumers about the long-term benefits of natural remedies and pests.
Although cold and the hard truth is that when people face a problem of pests, they want to go and want to disappear now! If mice or mice at home destroy their property and threaten their family with disease, if termites or carpenter ants move away from their home or if cockroaches invade their kitchen or if they share their bed with bed bugs or consumer interest in environmental friendliness falls. When people call a pest control company, the bottom line is that they want pest death! right Now! Pest control companies are responding to a wave of consumer demand for immediate phase-out by boosting the supply of natural and green pest control products. These new natural products take the most responsible long-term approach to pest control; one that protects our environment, children and our health. Sometimes it moves alone in the direction of popular tide and demand, but real leadership, in the pest control industry, means adopting these new organic and natural technologies even when they are not popular with the consumer – yet.