Is Pest Management Green?

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Over a number of years in the pest management industry, pest control expert Luis Pabon has seen first-hand how pests have the ability to adapt to changing environments, as well as the materials used to manage them. Knowing pests can adapt to variations of pesticides, professionals have had to adapt their methods as well.

But, the industry has adjusted to a new environment of ideas, becoming more aware and sensitive to how its work affects the environment as a whole. So, Luis is here to discuss some of the ins and outs in this guest post.

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Photo: Steve Snodgrass

“Going green” has a variety of different meanings and methods associated with it. For some people, it’s walking or riding a bike instead of driving a car. For others, it’s recycling, composting and reducing use of unnecessary wasteful products.In the pest management industry, going green has its own meaning.

In recent years, the industry has moved toward more environmentally friendly practices by reducing its use of pesticides and focusing more on preventative pest control methods. Rather than wait for pest infestations to occur and dousing them with chemicals, pest control experts have increased efforts to keep those outbreaks from ever occurring. The use of exclusion techniques is now typically the first step in any new pest management program.

Focusing treatments on specific locations

We’ve moved away from widespread baseboard and space treatments, or “fogging” general areas, and now we monitor areas to then pinpoint treatments. We make sure to place pest management materials where pests spend 98% of their time. This technique assures less exposure of any of the materials, such as poison, to the homeowner or business owner as well as to the technician. We call it a difference between carpet bombing and the use of a smart bomb – we know exactly where we need to treat.

For this technique change to take off, it has had to be accepted by technicians that t evaluate every individual situation as a custom case before doing anything. This evolution of how we proceed now helps to determine the most effective treatment methods, which is beneficial to everyone involved.

Changing what we use

The pest management industry has gone away from certain material classifications such as organophosphates and carbamates. It has been determined that these materials affect the nervous systems by inhibiting the body’s enzyme cholinesterase levels.

Instead, we have begun using organic materials, which pose less risk to people and the environment and break down naturally in the environment. Note that these are still considered pesticides, as they are intended to kill pests.

Prevention

More than ever before, pest management technicians are educating people on how to prevent pest issues, and offering tools and packages that keep pests out of the house. The industry no longer survives on the sale of pest removal services – prevention is extremely important.

Is Pest Management Green?

It’s getting more environmentally-friendly every day. The key is incorporating the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) into day-to-day operations. One of the leading programs with regard to pesticide users and the environment is the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), which allows pest management companies such as Catseye Pest Control to form partnerships with pesticide uses and helps reduce the potential environmental risks.

With initiatives like this ongoing, pest management is getting rid of pests… while going green.

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Thanks, Luis!

Luis Pabon’s career spans more than 35 years in the pest management and public health industry. In his current role as technical director at Catseye Pest Control, he is regarded as the resident “bug expert.” For more information, visit www.catseyepest.com.

Cheers!

Rob.

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