Environmentally Friendly Pest Control in Herefordshire
This week we’re talking about “green” pest control. So, what do we mean by “green pest control”? Well, it’s a term hard to define as often people will have different views of what “green” is. To some, it will mean no pesticides or eradication and to others it may mean fewer pesticides.
However, at PGM & SON Pest Control Herefordshire, we believe that green pest control is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining a number of methods such as biological, cultural, physical and chemical measures to minimise risks to health, the environment and economy.
The emphasis should be on control and not eradication. At PGM & SON we use methods that limit pest activity through our understanding of the biology and habits of pest species. So, whether you call that green pest control or environmentally friendly pest control, the outcome for us is the same:
Protecting our customers, their properties, businesses, employees and members of the public from unwanted pests.
The PGM & SON green pest control approach has its roots in prevention and monitoring with a minimum reliance on chemical treatments. We adopt practices that minimise exposure to the environment, wildlife and other non-target species.
We work with you to change the mind-set and culture of occupants / staff; by helping change behaviours and improving understanding, we can make your property / premises less attractive to pests.
Pest Seen – Go Green!
Pests can easily move around, “hitching” a ride on visitors and staff who may unwittingly bring them into your home or business. If you, your tenants or your employees know what to look out for, problems can be contained and dealt with more quickly and effectively. So, always look for a pest controller who can offer advice and solutions as well as treatment.
Your green pest controller should offer non-toxic solutions, such as non-toxic monitoring stations to ensure early identification of infestation. Also, use of targeted measures such as pheromone lures, insecticide gels and heat treatments in preference to chemical sprays should be a considered option.
Your pest controller should make children, pets and non-target species a priority when handling a pest problem. Public health and the environment should be top of their agenda.
If you find you have a pest problem, here’s some tips on choosing & using a green pest controller:
Ask how they plan to solve the problem - pesticides should not be immediately suggested
Discuss alternative options with your pest controller. They should be able to tell you what will work, what won’t and, importantly, why!
Chemical solutions should be a ‘last resort’ measure when all other solutions have been considered and discounted.
When used as a last resort, there should be a targeted approach, limited to specific areas / pests and chemical use with lowest possible concentrations
If toxic solutions are used, make sure they are telling you what products they are using and what the chemical components are
Ask your pest controller about their environment policy – they should be able to tell you about their approach to sustainable pest control but also what they do to minimise the impact on the environment, for example, how they reduce their carbon footprint.
So, what can you do to keep pest free?
There’s lots of things you can do and it’s important to emphasise the importance of being proactive because preventing a problem or identifying it early means that the long-term effects on the environment are minimised.
Our top 5 tips for keeping pest free are:
Keeping the pests out to begin with - prevention or “proofing” your home or business against unwanted pests. External proofing, removing harbourage and internal control measures (e.g. good home maintenance; monitoring stations). Consider introducing natural predators (e.g. cats to control rodent populations)
Carry out and enforce good hygiene
Remove food and water sources
Early pest identification – call in the professionals early to handle a problem before it gets out of control (we don’t want to be blunt here but it needs to be said that if you let a problem escalate not only will it cost you more in terms of potential repairs / treatment you’ll also be the root cause of unnecesary eradication of greater numbers of animals)