Happy Earth Day: All About Green Pest Control

Green pest controlSince it was Earth Day 2010 yesterday, I thought it would be nice to recognize the huge strides the pest control industry has made in providing green pest control services.

What does Green Really Mean?

Green is a state of mind about finding more environmentally friendly ways to provide and use products and services.  You have likely heard the term “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” which represents the philosophies behind the green approach and Pam has also written a few blog posts about this subject too.

Is Green Pest Control Possible?

Absolutely.   In fact, the pest control industry has been moving toward a green approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for decades.  Instead of reacting to a pest problem with pesticides, IPM focuses on preventing and resolving the conditions that attract pests.  It doesn’t mean that we will never use pesticides, but green pest control is more about how we provide a preventative pest control service than the materials we use. Ehrlich is Green Pro certified through the National Pest Management Association.  This means we employ a comprehensive, environmentally friendly approach when providing service.  We investigate the source of the problem – and eliminate it – before applying pesticides.  We apply pesticides only when necessary.

How Do We Provide Green Pest Control?

Every situation is different, but here are the principles we follow when providing a green pest control service:

  • Inspections that focus on conditions attracting pests, such as moisture
  • Elimination of entry points: sealing cracks and crevices where pests can enter
  • Continual monitoring so that problems are caught before they get out of hand
  • Use of low impact or naturally derived materials, new innovative materials and application methods allow us to make small targeted placements to eliminate pests
  • Applications are made only when and where necessary
  • Physical removal of pests using mechanical traps or vacuums

Do Customers Need to Do Anything?

One of the most important components of a true green pest management program is the partnership between customer and technician.  Communication is the key.  Our technicians will periodically make recommendations about simple changes you can make to prevent pests.  If you see pest activity, contact a professional pest control company immediately before it becomes a bigger problem.

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