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Pest control goes green when properly implemented

September 19, 2010
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Traditionally, the health of the user and the public are at risk when pesticides and similar products are applied in a building or on grounds.

Data collected by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), which operates under the California Environmental Protection Agency, in 1999 showed that there were a total of 1,201 suspected or confirmed injuries dealing with all chemical products used to kill pests.

Of the 1,201 cases, 804 were occupational injuries.

Nine years later, customers have shifted their buying patterns in support of “green pesticides,” but still not at the expense of effectiveness.

Today, there are several alternatives on the market to satisfy your needs for pest control, while also minimizing impacts on the environment.

However, when it comes to pest control, an integrated pest management (IPM) plan must first be put in place.

End-users, however, should prepare for a situation, use proper procedures according to your state legislations and take proactive steps to prevent a future problem.

Procedure for control
Pests need three things to thrive: Harborage, food, and moisture.

If one is eliminated, the threat is greatly reduced.

Although state regulations on pesticide application can restrict several business owners, some common variables in-house p
rofessionals and BSCs can control include correcting the causes of water leaks and properly disposing spoiled food.
Cleaning and maintenance crews can employ regularly scheduled checks to minimize and prevent an ongoing, costly pest problem.

IPM principles include good inspections, good sanitation and a good program that involves the use of pest control products.

Since awareness has elevated in recent years, survey findings of green pesticides becoming a top factor in today’s buying decisions is not a surprise.

These types of products have vastly improved in just a few years.

Whether in-house or outsourced, experts urge end users to seek green pesticide alternatives when appropriate.

Today, effectiveness of a product is the number one concern when purchasing a pest control product.

With reputation and health at risk, facility managers and business owners need quality products and ongoing expert consultation and service.

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