What is a Pesticide?

By definition, a pesticide is a chemical that is used to prevent or repel pests.  We commonly think of pesticides used to manage termites, ants, or bees that cause damage to our family or our home. However, pests can be any insect, rodent, bacteria, virus, fungi, plant, or other organism that causes harm or disease to our environment. Despite the negative connotation of pesticides, they are not all bad by definition.  Insect repellents and mildew sprays are considered pesticides and are monitored under the same strict requirements as any other, more potent pesticide.  Consider that algaecide used in fish aquariums and pools and disinfectants used to clean kitchen counters are pesticides that are highly regulated under state and federal law. The Office of Pesticide Programs of the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA regulates pesticides in the United States.

There are many types of pesticides and they vary in purpose.  For instance, insecticides control insects while herbicides control weeds. Common pesticides found in most homes include insect sprays, repellants, cleaners, and pool chemicals.  Review the following chart for common pesticides.

As seen in the table above, pesticides are designed to mitigate one or more pests.  Pesticides typically have a few active ingredients that are biochemically engineered, biologically engineered, or perhaps naturally occurring to combat a particular pest.  Pesticides that are biologically engineered or found to be naturally occurring are typically safer and more effective than those biochemically engineered.  Additionally, pesticides are primarily made up of inert ingredients.  In fact, inert ingredients make up over ninety percent of the product.  Thus, consider what you are using from over the counter and always read the labels.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local pest control professional at Cantu Pest Control.

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Why should you hire a professional pest control service?
Do it yourself projects are a great source of independence for many homeowners; a weekend spent painting the office or repairing a slight plumbing failure is hard work yet intrinsically rewarding. Do it yourself pest control can be a bit more tricky. While the occasional ant, wasp, or fly can be combated by most homeowners, termites or bed bugs as well as extreme infestations of any insect may require a professional. When it comes to pest control, however, you must consider the efficacy of do it yourself products, the cost and convenience, as well as the inherent risks.
Over the counter, so to speak, pest control products are well labeled and the directions are easy to follow; however these products are not as potent as those issued to individuals with a pesticide applicator’s license. A professional pest control service has the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, and apply the correct amount of the correct pesticide. They can also be pertinent in the prevention of further infestations through early detection and continued intervention.
The over the counter chemicals are typically less expensive; however in the long run, a professional may be more effective especially in response to pests such as termites that could cause fatal, long-term damage to your home. In the event that the over the counter chemicals are not effective, the insects may develop a resistance to the chemical makeup, making them stronger and more difficult to deter. The initial cost of a professional pest control company may seem high, but the effective maintenance will keep the cost down. The over the counter chemicals are also convenient to use but a good pest control company will work with the homeowner to schedule a date and time that is most convenient for both parties.

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Just like other do it yourself projects, there are inherent risks associated with applying pest control chemicals. Some chemicals are not pet, child, or plant safe; thus, careful attention and adherence to the labeling is a must. When you hire a professional pest control company almost all of the inherent risks are removed from the homeowner. Thankfully though, the pest control professional is well versed in the chemical and knows the preventive measures that must be adhered to. However, be sure to research the pest control companies in your area to find one that is friendly, effective, and cares for the betterment of the homeowner.

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