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Eco-Friendly

At 1st Choice Pest Control, we use a combination of preventive measures and reduced-risk treatment methods known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.  We use seasonal data along with professional equipment and products to make sure our customers have the best pest control protection.  The goal is to get the job done right the first time. 

1st Choice Pest Control offers environmentally friendly programs for:

  • Insect Control
  • Bed Bug Control
  • Rodent Control
  • Mosquito & Tick Control

The Pros & Cons for Natural Pest Control

Pros

Environmental Impact

The most obvious benefit of using natural pest control over the more traditional synthetic treatments is that it’s far better for the environment. Despite being targeted, synthetic treatments will often impact more than just the pests you’re trying to remove. As an example, in the garden, slug pellets have been responsible for more wild bird deaths than just about anything else. In other instances, runoff from chemical treatments can reach local waterways, polluting natural habitats and destroying ecosystems. Natural solutions tend to be more directed, with less potential for unintended harm.

Personal Health

Natural pesticides are safer to use in the home because they pose less of a health threat to you, your children, and your pets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Americans now have an average of 43 different pesticides in their bloodstreams. That’s not to say that natural alternatives are “safe” and that precautions shouldn’t be taken, however, they are less toxic in general.

Long-term Effectiveness

One of the major problems with synthetic pest control is that it's been used so widely for so long that many pests have developed a tolerance for them. This means that the more they’re used, the more ineffective they become. This isn’t the case for the natural alternatives. They are sometimes slower to take effect, but in the longterm they deliver better results.

Cons

Availability

Perhaps the biggest drawback of natural pest control is that only a small number of professional companies currently offer it making it a difficult service to locate a provider for.

Expertise

Many of the more traditional pesticides are lethal to their targets at the smallest touch. This means that there is less need for expert application. Natural pest control needs to be more comprehensively targeted to be effective. This means that DIY options are currently limited.

Effectiveness - Occasionally

While, in our view, the natural way is always the best way where possible, even we have to admit that there are some occasions when a natural solution just won’t do. We will absolutely never deliberately mislead our customers. If the organic approach isn’t going to work, then we will let you know what all the synthetic options are and help you to choose the best option for your personal situation. There has never been a one-size-fits-all pest control solution. Every home and every scenario is different. We aim to provide the best possible solution for our customers.