Whether you are battling bed bugs or cockroaches, there will be a variety of treatments available. Although the pest industry has transformed over the years, many people still turn to the older more well-known methods for treating pest infestations. This is completely understandable, as it is comforting to turn to what you know.
Pesticides and insecticides have been used successfully over the years to treat varying pest infestations. It’s simply a means that people are familiar with and trust. Even more importantly, they have proven effective. That said, there has never been a bigger need for more eco-friendly solutions. Being that it is the height of summer, insects are more prominent than ever right now.
You throw this in with the potential for overpopulation and the other hazardous wastes the environment is exposed to daily, and it should be more than easy to see why eco-friendly pest solutions are needed more now than ever.
The increasing technology in the world has opened the door in the pest industry for such greener treatments. The only problem is that many homeowners aren’t taking advantage of these solutions because they either aren’t familiar with them or don’t even know about them. That’s what we’re here to change!
The Difficulties Posed By Pesticides And Insecticides
First and foremost, people know that common pesticides and insecticides are dangerous. Why else would the property need to be evacuated when such treatments are administered? Why does one have to remain away from the property for 24 to 48 hours after application? It’s because these chemicals are dangerous and leave behind an even more potentially dangerous residue.
Most people overlook this by seeing it as a means to an end. It’s a small price to pay for riding your property of unwanted insects, right? As that might be, one must take a more in-depth look at the entirety of the situation. Pesticides and insecticides are effective, but they aren’t foolproof. A recent study conducted at the University of Purdue proved this to be the case.
It was recently discovered that some insects have grown immunities to these chemicals.
Therefore, a typical treatment might require one or two applications for successful removal. You combine this with the fact that these chemicals can’t reach certain areas of the home, and the ineffectiveness of this option only grows more obvious. Some pest professionals compensate for this by simply reapplying and applying more. If it doesn’t kill it, just hit it again with another round of chemicals.
An approach like this might further reduce the insect population, but it will likely never eradicate it fully if the chemicals can’t spread into the needed areas. There is one aspect where eco-friendly options are more thorough and simply superior.
Heat Is The Safest Option
When it comes to eco-friendly pest solutions today, there is no shortage. As technology has grown at alarming rates, it has even spread into the pest industry. That said, two of the more popular and preferred green solutions are heat and steam treatments. A heat treatment uses temperatures of over 140 degrees F to kill insects, while steam treatments use highly tempered water to eliminate unwanted invaders.
Heat and water, you simply don’t get more natural than that. There are no additives, no chemicals, or anything extra added to the mixtures. It’s just simply heat and heated water that does the trick. Of course, things are a bit more complicated that than but that is the gist.
Although these treatments are safe for the environment, there are potential dangers.
This is especially true when such treatments are administered by inexperienced individuals. It takes an incredible amount of heat and heated water to eradicate insects. Some materials might not stand up so well against these higher temperatures. Take some natural hardwood floors, for example. When exposed to extreme degrees of heat for prolonged periods it could cause warping or bowing. Even though steam and heat are honestly the only two options for treating furniture and clothing, some materials will wilt under such extreme conditions.
Therefore, it is always best to leave such treatments to experienced individuals. Our highly trained team of pest experts now what items to avoid and where to apply and when not to apply heat or steam.
A Near Limitless Span
When it comes right down to it, one of the biggest advantages of heat and steam is the nearly limitless reach of the treatments. As was highly stressed before, one of the big problems with common pest chemicals is that they can’t reach certain areas of the home. Steam and heat can virtually go anywhere. They can penetrate behind walls, travel under baseboards, go into electrical outlets, and anywhere else that might be off limits for chemicals.
Little Disruption Of Life
A pest infestation can be a major disruption, especially for specific businesses. One ends up shutting down the office for several days just to undergo treatment. And there are no guarantees that you’ll be pest-free after that. Eco-friendly options are different. Although residents could remain on the property during treatment, our teams always make sure to evacuate the area just as an enhanced safety precaution.
With that in mind, once treatment is complete, residents can move right back into the property. The second our cleanup is down; residents can move right back in and resume their daily rituals. Heat and steam do not leave behind lingering potentially dangerous residues. Give us a call today to learn more about our eco-friendly treatments and how to schedule your free consultation.