Has your office acquired pests?
Chances are that you’re not willing to gas your workers but you don’t want to have to shut down for the amount of time it would require for traditional pest control chemicals to deactivate.
It might be time to look into green pest management.
If you’re still on the fence, then read on and we’ll show you how an environmentally friendly solution is the best way for offices to get rid of unwanted guests.
What Is Green Pest Management?
In essence, green pest management is a form of handling the various bugs and rodents which we collectively call pests without the use of synthetic chemicals.
There’s actually a classification for these under the EPA is 25b or Minimum Risk Pesticides. These include things like diatomaceous earth and essential oils. For the most part, these are effective but they may not be enough for a serious infestation.
Of course, that’s in an ideal world. What’s actually meant by green pest management can vary between companies.
In many cases, they’re technically “just” environmentally conscious management techniques. In that case, the pesticides used will be low in toxicity to humans, although they may very well be synthetic chemicals.
It’s important to make this clarification before you hire anyone, especially if you’re focusing on keeping things environmentally sound.
What Are the Advantages?
The biggest advantage for the property owner is a minimal impact on both the office itself and the environment at large.
It can also keep a business running.
Quite often when a building is cleared of pests harsh chemicals will be applied. This usually means tenting off the building for several days in order to kill everything within, which means the building is unusable for the time it’s being treated.
Just a few work days missed can add up to some serious issues for business owners.
So, What Will Be Done?
If you’re looking for a green pest management solution, then you’re going to want to check first with the company to see if they meet your standards.
Many modern pest control companies offer integrated pest management.
Integrated pest management focuses on green methods to prevent pests from infesting your office in the first place. The first line of defense is sealing cracks and generally making it harder for the insects or rodents to enter in the first place.
The second line of defense will be non-toxic pesticides.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the most commonly used non-toxic pesticides. DE is actually the fossilized remains of microscopic organisms known as diatoms. It damages the exoskeleton of insects, causing them to rapidly dehydrate after the fatty layer is removed.
Desiccants like this can be spread at points where insects are likely to come through and can kill them before they get a chance to enter the building and cause serious problems.
That’s why it’s important to get started before there are any problems.
Prevention Is the Key
Since green pesticides tend to be less effective than their synthetic counterparts it’s important to line things up before there is a problem.
It might seem counterintuitive to call someone for pest control when there aren’t any issues yet, but without a skilled pest control technician by your side, it’s easy to overlook some of the preventative measures which can save you from an infestation.
The focus is on prevention before there’s an infestation has developed.
Unfortunately, you may have to go the synthetic route if you have a deep-rooted infestation already. If you’re swimming in mice or cockroaches in your office already then green measures most likely aren’t going to cut it.
You want to change over to a green, integrated pest management style at the first opportunity.
The Earlier the Better
The sooner you make sure that you have the right contractor on your side, the better off you’ll be in the long run. They should be able to point you in the right direction for prevention and be able to apply countermeasures before the first roach sidles through a hole in the wall.
Opt-in early and recruit a great company and you’ll be able to make sure that you don’t need to worry about including tenting the office in your risk management plan.
You should always inquire about what methods they’re going to apply. As we noted above, just because someone claims their service is green doesn’t necessarily make it the truth. While low toxicity methods can work well, ideally you’ll have no toxicity methods in your office unless the problem gets out of hand.
If you’re in the market for a company then you can learn more online. Don’t just go with a cut-rate exterminator with a shifty van, you need professional protection to keep your business and property intact.
Opt for a Green IPM Solution
By getting in with the early prevention methods offered through green pest management you’ll be able to keep future infestations from happening.
While they’re not the most efficacious agents, environmentally conscious methods are quickly becoming the gold standard. Early prevention can prevent the need for harsh chemicals and interruptions in the future.
Managing risk is one of the least fun parts of managing a business, but it’s necessary. The risk posed by pests can be almost entirely prevented if you begin working with a technician now instead of after there’s a problem.
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