If you’re like most people, you probably consider pest control a never-ending battle between you and the pests. Perhaps in your desire to achieve a perfect lawn or garden, you use pesticides often without thinking of the long-term consequences of your choices. Home pest control is very polluting because pesticides are toxic chemicals.
Pesticides have been linked to tap water contamination, cancer, and other serious issues. The effects of pesticides on our health and the environment are very damaging and we need to consider them deeply before using chemical pesticides so freely. Our goal should first to be to reduce our use of pesticides as much as possible.
How to Reduce Our Reliance on Pesticides
Common sense home pest control aims not at eradicating the use of pesticides completely but only using them when absolutely necessary. Alternatives to pesticides are used and chemical pesticides are used only as a last resort. Regular monitoring is done in order to determine when home remedy pest control is necessary. Pest management methods utilize physical, mechanical, cultural, biological, and educational techniques.
Unlike with traditional home pest control methods, common sense pest control doesn’t call for the use of pesticides on a scheduled basis. Pest control treatments are only used if after monitoring, it is determined that the economic, medical, or aesthetic damage the pests will cause is too severe to ignore. The timing of these treatments has to be right in order to not disrupt the natural pest control methods in use. Furthermore, the goal is for them to be applied at time that they will be most destructive to the pests.
Why Pest Eradication is Not the Answer
Of the one million insect species on this planet, only one percent of them should actually be considered pests. Most insects are indispensable and play a crucial role in our food chain and eco-system. For example, bees and butterflies pollinate fruits and vegetables. Insects in the soil help to decompose organic nutrients to return nutrients to the soil. These “pests” also serve as a food source for many birds, fish, animals, and plants.
In conclusion, rather than resorting to a zero tolerance policy when it comes to home pest control, take a minimalistic approach in order to preserve your health and the environment. Pesticides are toxic chemicals that need to be used with caution and in moderation. Pests play an important role in our eco-system so it is wise to choose carefully what kinds of pest control methods you use and when.