As organic products become more and more popular around the country, people are discovering the benefits of these wholesome and natural methods of growing produce, cleaning the home—and terminating insect infestations.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of organic pest control by first determining what exactly organic means.
What does organic mean?
According the United States Department of Agriculture, “Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.
There are many examples of organic products throughout the country, from clothing to baby products to alcohol, but most of all in agriculture and horticulture. For example, organic farming uses biological pest control techniques that don’t rely on chemical sprays. Pest populations like caterpillars, beetles, and bollworms are controlled with predatory insects, which can include ladybugs or certain types of wasps. The resulting produce is more wholesome and natural.
As far as pest control goes, these methods are very similar. However, since pest control companies likeJoshua’s Pest Control won’t release more pests just to get rid of your old ones, we do use natural methods of infestation eradication and prevention.
Organic Pest Control Explained
Some insects have specific aversions to natural herbs, vegetables, or minerals. For example, eucalyptus and sweet basil will deter flies, sage and rosemary repel mosquitoes, catnip makes cockroaches flee, and cedar is a deterrent to many different kinds of insects. Some substances that are harmless to us, like boric acid, are very effective against certain insects.
However, because insects dislike a certain smell or taste doesn’t mean you’ll be free of the nuisance forever. In fact, if you’re using these natural deterrents to simply cover up something that the insect wants badly, there’s a good chance that bug will take the risk to reap the reward. Therefore, many ongoing applications are needed to truly be effective. This is where strategy comes in to play.
Joshua’s Organic Strategy
Joshua’s Pest Control is committed to offering our customers a complete organic pest control package for the home. It’s a great way to ward off unfriendly insects and spiders.
Because organic materials generally break down faster than alternatives, a comprehensive pest control plan will be the most beneficial for your home.
Because of this, Joshua’s trained experts will make multiple trips to your home and property to re-apply and alter our organic strategy depending on what kind of success it has against your specific home invaders. This kind of pest control will contain the insects that carry harmful pathogens, inflict painful bites, or leave eggs behind for future generations.
“Face of a Southern Yellowjacket Queen” Photo Credit: Thomas Shahan