Eco-Friendly Pest Control for Home Safety

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Keeping Your Family Safe While Protecting the Planet

 
Pests can be a major nuisance, especially in South Carolina, where the weather is always prime for bug time. Cockroaches, ants, fleas, mosquitoes, or termites—no matter what unwanted pest is wreaking havoc on your home, it’s sure to put a damper on your day. Aside from being majorly annoying, pest infestations can be harmful and hazardous for you and your entire family, especially children and pets.

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Finding an infestation may send you running to the store for a can of bug spray, but it’s important to understand that not all forms of pest control were created equal. In terms of safety and effectiveness, calling a professional is crucial to treating your home for pests. 
 
Here at Home Pest, we pride ourselves on using environmentally-friendly methods to keep your home pest-free while also keeping your loved ones safe. 
 
Continue reading to learn about common causes of infestation, the myth about DIY pest control, and the safe way to keep bugs at bay.
 
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Common Causes of Pest Infestation

 

Before we get into treating the creatures invading your space, let’s look at how they end up there in the first place. 

  1. Uncovered food is a pure invitation for most pests. When food is left uncovered or is not stored properly in air-tight containers, pests may come in to enjoy the free treats.
  2. Pests love cluttered closets, attics, garages, and basements—anywhere they can hide, really! Cardboard boxes are especially appealing to pests, as they double as a source of food. 
  3. Standing water often found in clogged gutters, bird baths, and empty flower pots are literal breeding grounds for many pests, including South Carolina’s unofficial mascot--the mosquito, which can be especially harmful to pets.  

DIY Pest Control Is Not Safe or Effective

There is a common misconception that DIY methods of pest control are natural; therefore, they must be safe. We have listed a few popular techniques below, detailing why this is untrue. Learn more about how we feel about DIY pest control.  

Diatomaceous Earth

Possibly the most commonly cited DIY methods for getting rid of pests, diatomaceous earth is a powder made up of tiny fossilized marine organisms called diatoms. Its use against insects is two-fold, as it attacks them from the inside out.

When ingested, the sharp fossil fragments get stuck and damage an insect’s breathing apparatus, resulting in a slow death. However, it does not have to be ingested to be effective as it’s also extremely drying and kills insects by absorbing oils from their exoskeletons.

Diatomaceous earth is not safe for use around children, pets, individuals with compromised lung function for this exact reason. If breathed in, diatomaceous earth can cause coughing and shortness of breath and irritation, as well as nasal irritation. It can also cause dried skin and eye irritation.

Vinegar and Bleach

Popular options for DIY cleaning agents, vinegar, and bleach come with their own set of potential health hazards. Both vinegar and bleach contain compounds that can burn your lungs and can volatilize into the air. This may not affect a healthy adult but can be extremely damaging for those with weakened lungs. 

Over-The-Counter Pest Control Products

Pest control products sold at stores are advertised as safe options that get the job done better than DIY methods, but they still pale in comparison to professional eco-friendly pest control. 

Rather than targeting specific pests, broad-spectrum pesticides are geared towards general pest control and contain extremely high levels of harmful chemicals. 

Environmentally responsible pest control can only be carried out by a professional who targets the pests you need to be concerned about, limiting overall chemical-use. 

Professional Green Pest Control to Keep Your Family Safe 

 

Eco-Friendly Integrated Pest Management

Whether you already have an infestation or want to prevent one from ever happening, Home Pest Control is dedicated to finding a plan that suits your needs. During your first inspection, our pest specialists will work with you to develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan to protect your home from unwanted visitors. 

While some pest control companies only address existing issues, we are proactive in keeping your property pest-free for the future. Early prevention is the safest and most environmentally sound approach to pest treatment. 

Saving the Bees with Pollinator-Friendly Pest Control

The rapid decline in bee populations is something we’re very aware of when determining pest control methods. It is our environmental responsibility to use pollinator-friendly methods to promote the health of bees and other pollinators.    

Overuse of pesticides is a major threat to the bee population. Applying more pesticides than needed is not only ineffective but also dangerous. Home Pest follows strict protocols to limit chemical use that keep your local bee populations buzzing. 

Green-Based Solutions To Termite Problems

Termites are tough, and getting rid of them while remaining environmentally responsible is even tougher. Fortunately, there’s the Sentricon® System, an environmentally-friendly system designed to get rid of termites fast.

Sentricon® has a low impact on human health, low toxicity to organisms that aren’t termites, and an extremely low risk for groundwater contamination. This product is so safe that it’s been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the United States Environmental Protection Agency!  Learn more about the Sentricon® System

 

Schedule Your Eco-Friendly Pest Control

Keep your home and family safe with Home Pest Control’s affordable and convenient pest control services. With Home Pest Control, you can rest easy knowing your pest control is eco-friendly but also effective. 

Schedule a pest control service now!

December 6, 2017


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