Natural and Organic Pest Control: The Pros and Cons
When you have uninvited guests in your home or garden, the temptation is to take immediate and deadly action. We’ve known people who’ve sought to end an indoor rat problem with a revolver (seriously!) and others who wouldn’t view a flame-thrower as an over-reaction to a house spider. But with environmental damage becoming an ever-more pressing concern, more people – including Noosa Pest Management – are turning to more natural pest control solutions wherever possible.
So, what are the pros and cons of a natural approach to pest management?
Natural Pest Control: The Pros
1. Environmental impact
The most obvious benefit of using natural pest control over the more traditional synthetic treatments is that it’s far better for the environment. Despite being targeted, synthetic treatments will often impact upon more than just the pests you’re trying to remove. As an example, in the garden, slug pellets have been responsible for more wild bird deaths than just about anything else. In other instances, run off from chemical treatments can reach local waterways, polluting natural habitats and destroying ecosystems. Natural solutions tend to be more directed, with less potential for unintended harm.
2. Personal health
Natural pesticides are safer to use in the home because they pose less of a health threat to you, your children and your pets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Americans now have an average of 43 different pesticides in their bloodstreams. And being closer to the ground, children are more likely to be affected. That’s not to say that natural alternatives are “safe” and that precautions shouldn’t be taken, however. But they are less toxic in general. Speak to an expert before using any pest treatment to ensure that it is suitable for the environment for which it is intended. That way you’ll also know what safeguards need to be made before use.
3. Long-term effectiveness
One of the major problems with synthetic pest control is that its been used so widely for so long that many pests have developed a tolerance for them. This means that the more they’re used, the more ineffective they become. This isn’t the case for the natural alternatives. They are sometimes slower to take effect, but in the long term they deliver better results.
Natural Pest Control: The Cons
Perhaps the biggest drawback of natural pest control is that only a small number of professional companies currently offer it. This means that you may struggle to find a provider in your area. Noosa Pest Management operates across Charlotte and nearby communities.
Many of the more traditional pesticides are lethal to their targets at the smallest touch. This means that there is less need for expert application. Natural pest control needs to be more comprehensively targeted to be effective. This means that DIY options are currently limited.
3. Effectiveness – occasionally
While, in our view, the natural way is always the best way where possible, even we have to admit that there are some occasions where a natural solution just won’t do. At Noosa, we will absolutely never deliberately mislead our customers. If the organic approach isn’t going to work, then we will let you know what all the synthetic options are and help you to choose the best option for your personal situation.
There has never been a one-size-fits-all pest control solution. Every home and every scenario is different. At Noosa Pest Management, our aim has always been to provide the best possible solution for our customers. And if we can do that in a responsible, sustainable, environmentally-friendly manner, then mores the better.
If you’d like to learn more about your natural pest control options, please contact a member of the Noosa Pest Management Customer Service team today: 704-499-9922