How do I know if a residential pest control service is using environmentally friendly products? 

In Washington State, we have a lush environment that attracts insects and other pests to our yards, homes, and gardens. While we can’t avoid some pests, we can use eco-friendly methods to keep them at bay and protect ourselves, our families, and our pets. 

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How do I know if a residential pest control service is using environmental pest control methods? 

Look for a website and service information that mentions environmentally friendly approaches like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) or GreenPro certification. These are signs that the company is focused on protecting ecosystems, limiting damage to beneficial insects, and using tailored treatments for specific pest types instead of a one size fits all bomb. 

Also ask the company if they can provide proof of their pesticide applicator licenses and copies of pesticide labels showing how they will be applied. Reputable pest control companies will have no problem providing these to you. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau, States Departments of Agriculture, or your States Attorney General’s Office to see if any complaints have been filed against a pest control company or individual applicators. 

If you have kids or pets, consider choosing an environmentally friendly pest control company that uses botanically-based products. These are safer than chemical pesticides and aren’t absorbed into the soil or water supply. They also don’t require you to leave the area, cover food items, or remove children and pets from the affected areas during treatment. 

Many people assume they need heavy chemicals in order to get rid of pests in their homes. However, this isn’t always the case. Chemicals can cause a variety of side effects, including rashes, nausea, diarrhea, and even death in some cases. They can also contaminate the air we breathe, and penetrate our skin, causing illness, and damaging our bodies over time. 

The best way to keep pests away from your home is by keeping the exterior of your home well maintained. This includes sealing cracks and gaps in the home’s foundation, exterior sections, eaves, and rafters. Keeping the grass and shrubbery properly trimmed, and removing piles of debris will also discourage pests from making their home in your yard or garden.