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Why Store-Bought Organic Pesticides Cause More Harm Than Good

Apr 20, 2023

Organic pest control has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners who want to keep their homes free from pests without using harsh chemicals.

Many people turn to store-bought organic pest control products, thinking they are a safer alternative to more traditional methods of pest control. While the name “organic” might imply something natural and nontoxic, organic pesticides can actually cause more harm than good.

They’re ineffective

The first, and largest, problem with organic pest control is that it’s ineffective. Organic products often have weaker active ingredients, and may not provide long-term solutions to pest problems.

They also most likely only function to temporarily repel pests, rather than to solve the problem of infestation.

They’re frequently misused

It’s fairly common for people to misuse organic pest control products, thinking that because they’re natural, it’s safe to use them in any amount.

However, using too much of a product, or using a product incorrectly, can be dangerous and ineffective.

They can have non-targeted effects

Organic pest control products may harm non-targeted species, like beneficial insects, birds, and mammals. This can have a negative impact on the environment, and disrupt the natural ecosystem.

Remember that, while some insects are pests, others serve a very important function. For example: spiders. While you may not enjoy running into a spider in your home, that spider is there to take care of other pests– and without them, your pest problem might just shift into another one that might be even more difficult to take care of.

Plus, organic pest control products are not necessarily safe to use around pets– which means that excessive use of a pest control product could seriously injure your pets or small children.

They’re often unregulated

Unlike synthetic pesticides, which are highly regulated, organic pest control products do not always have strict regulations regarding their production, usage, and labeling.

This means that many organic pest control products on the market may not be as safe as advertised, or that their effects have not been effectively studied.

They’re expensive

While it might be tempting to purchase organic products featuring things like peppermint oil that can temporarily repel insects, it’s important to keep in mind that the harmful effects of these products often far outweigh any of their benefits.

For example, peppermint oil is poisonous to dogs and cats.

On the other hand, professional pest control products are carefully studied and regulated. Pest control professionals are specifically trained to eliminate pest problems while keeping ecosystems intact– and keeping pets and small children safe.

Organic Vs. Professional Pest Control

Organic pest control products may harm non-targeted species, like beneficial insects, birds, and mammals. This can have a negative impact on the environment, and disrupt the natural ecosystem.

Remember that, while some insects are pests, others serve a very important function. For example: spiders. While you may not enjoy running into a spider in your home, that spider is there to take care of other pests– and without them, your pest problem might just shift into another one that might be even more difficult to take care of.

Plus, organic pest control products are not necessarily safe to use around pets– which means that excessive use of a pest control product could seriously injure your pets or small children.

Stick with the pros

At West Termite, Pest and Lawn, we work hard and treat our customers like family. That means keeping our customers safe while eliminating annoying or dangerous pest problems– allowing you to enjoy your home pest-free, the way it should be.

If you’re dealing with a pest problem, give us a call directly or reach out for a quote.

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