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Natural Pest Control Is Often A More Sustainable Option Than Chemical Pest Control

Feb 17

Commercial Pest Management Granbury is the action taken to stop unwanted organisms that damage or spoil property, crops or animals. This is usually achieved through exclusion or quarantine, repulsion, physical removal or chemical methods. There are many different types of pests including rodents, birds, insects and flies. In a home, commercial or hospitality setting they can cause damage to structures and crops and can also spread disease to humans and animals. Rodents like mice and rats are a major problem for homeowners due to their teeth which continue to grow all their lives, chewing away at furniture, walls, pipes and crops. They also spread diseases such as salmonellosis through their droppings and can chew through electrical wires which could lead to a fire. Insects such as ants and cockroaches can spoil food and damage property while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can spread diseases through bites.

Chemical methods use pesticides which can kill or repel a wide variety of organisms. These are typically more convenient and easy to use than other control methods but they can be harmful to the environment, people and pets if misapplied or handled improperly. The chemicals can also build up in the bodies of humans and animals who come into contact with them and can cause health problems like toxicity, immunotoxicity, asthma and even cancer. Pests can also become immune to pesticides, requiring more and more of them to be used, which can have a negative impact on the environment and human health.

Physical methods involve excluding the pests from the premises by blocking their access to food and water sources or eliminating their nesting areas. This includes placing tight-fitting lids on outdoor rubbish bins and putting garden compost in a well-sealed container, keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible and hanging fly paper or a pyrethrum daisy near entry points. It can also help to drain puddles where mosquitoes breed and to keep fish in ornamental ponds which eat the larvae of pests.

The most drastic form of pest control is fumigation, where a building or room is pumped with a gas to eradicate the pests inside. This is typically only done when no other method can be used and it is important that all precautions are taken to minimize the risk of harming people and pets. This type of pest control can also be damaging to the environment, as fumigants can affect air quality and may also contaminate groundwater or nearby crops.

Natural pest control is often a more sustainable option than chemical pest control. It uses ingredients that are harmless to other organisms and can provide long-lasting results. The methods can also be used alongside other techniques such as baits, traps and netting. They can also be used in conjunction with environmental management strategies such as soil conservation and biodiversity, nutrient cycling and integrated pest management.