The world is changing to green. “Green” can be described as the hue of environmental concerns, the motivation that inspires cutting-edge technology, the buzzword of the conscious social group. Environmental concerns and the impact of human activity on it is leading to an array of innovative products on the market and pest control isn’t an one of them. Environmentally-friendly pest control services are growing in popularity, particularly in the commercial sector. Even consumers who are eco-conscious are seeking alternative methods to conventional pesticides. However, their enthusiasm is often tempered by the 10-20 percent cost difference and longer treatments, which can last for many weeks.
The growing environmental consciousness, in conjunction with the increasing stringency of federal regulations that regulate conventional chemical pesticides, seems to shift the attention of the pest control industry towards Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. IPM is not just safe for the environmentbut also safe for animals, humans, and other scavengers, such as Owls. Of the 378 pest control companies that were surveyed in 2008 through Pest Control Technology, two thirds of them said they provided IPM solutions of some kind.
Instead of lacing pest sites with a poisonous cocktail of powerful insecticides designed to kill, IPM focuses on environmentally-friendly prevention techniques designed to keep pests out. While non-toxic or low-toxicity products can also be employed to help pests pack their bags Control and elimination efforts are focused on identifying and eliminating the root of infestation, such as entrance points, attractants such as harborage, food and.
Popular in nursing homes and schools that are responsible for protecting the health of America’s most vulnerable and elderly citizens, the ones most at exposure to hazardous chemical exposure, IPM is catching the interest of offices, hotels apartments, and other commercial establishments as well as homeowners who are conscious of their environment. Driven in equal parts by environmental concerns and health hazard fears, interest in IPM is bringing a host of new environmentally-friendly pest management products — both high- and low-tech — to market.
“Probably the best item out that is available for sale is a door sweep” said Tom Green, president of the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America which is an non-profit group which certifies green exterminating businesses. According to the course of an Associated Press interview posted on MSNBC online in April of last year, Green explained, “A mouse can fit through a gap the larger than a pencil’s diameter. If you have one quarter-inch gap between your door, so it’s a mouse’s concerned there’s no way to get through it in the first place.” Cockroaches may slither through an eight-inch gap.
IPM is “a better method for pest control that is better for the health of your home as well as the environment and families,” said Cindy Mannes spokeswoman of the National Pest Management Association, the $6.3 billion trade organization for the pest control industry in the Associated Press story. But, since IPM is relatively new element in the arsenal of pest control, Mannes cautioned that there is a lack of consensus within the industry on the definition of green services.