Natural pest control is one option for managing pests. Natural pest control methods employ biological materials to manage and reduce pest infestations. Another option is chemical pest control. Chemical pest control methods employ chemicals, such as pesticides, to manage and reduce pest infestations. Natural methods are eco-friendly, and chemical methods are potent. In some cases, both natural and chemical methods can be used together to manage your pest problems. Both forms of pest control have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to research both forms before you choose the best method for your situation.
Natural Pest Controls
Natural control methods are relatively new materials in the fight against pests. They are designed to use organisms to control pests in agricultural environments. These organisms are raised and released in large numbers, in order to biologically fight pest infestations. This natural method reduces the pests, without harming the agriculture. It has few negative affects on humans and the environment, which makes it particularly useful in areas where pets and livestock are present.
Benefits and Considerations of Natural Controls
Natural methods are safe, successful and less damaging to the environment than chemical controls. They work effectively against both harmless and dangerous pests alike. Natural pest control methods are organic in nature, and no chemicals or additives are used. They continue to be effective long after they have been introduced to the environment. This extended lifespan is provided at no extra costs. This partially permanent feature enables the natural method to continue to successfully manage pests for a long time. Natural methods may require more time to produce the necessary results.
Chemical Pest Controls
Chemical pest control methods have been used for a long time in agricultural settings, and they rely on potentially toxic materials to manage pests. These chemicals have the potential for residual effects on the environment and human life. There are many forms of chemical controls, including systemic insecticides. These are designed to be applied to plants where they are then ingested by pests. These chemicals will destroy the pests, without damaging the agriculture.
Benefits and Considerations of Chemical Pest Controls
Chemical controls are typically less expensive than natural methods. They are readily accessible, and fairly simple to employ. Chemical controls are available in a variety of forms, including spray, powders, concentrates and granules. While these chemicals are both fast acting and effective, they are detrimental to the environment, and can cause long lasting negative effects. Over time, these chemicals can lose their effectiveness. Pesticide chemicals destroy both beneficial and harmful insects. This can lead to an imbalance in the state of the environment. An imbalance can lead to further problems, which could potentially be even more hazardous than the original pest. Human exposure to pesticides can be harmful to all aspects of life. The toxins in these chemicals are even more dangerous to children and older people, who may have weaker immune systems. Pesticide chemicals can cause nausea, dizziness and disorders to the reproductive system.