Organic Pest Control
Botanical & Green Pest Control
In an ever-changing world, more and more consumers are becoming earth conscious and environmentally friendly. AmeriGuard Pest Defense is proud to offer services geared toward customers that prefer this alternative method to traditional pest control. Consumers often call AmeriGuard to inquire about organic pest control options that they wish to have used in and around their home.
So what exactly is a Pesticide?
A pesticide is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as any substance that is designed to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest. Pesticides can include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and various other substances used to control pests.
Organic Pest Control
There is a growing organic movement and we often hear about organic crops and organic farming. However, the term “organic” means something different in the pest control industry. The phrase “organic pest control” refers to organic chemicals that contain carbon and hydrogen as their basic structure. It is important not to become confused by pest control companies advertising their services as safe, non-toxic or organic. In fact, in California, it is against the Structural Pest Control Act to advertise pest control services that are “safe”, “non-poisonous”, “harmless”, “non-toxic” or “EPA-approved”. The EPA actually prohibits the use of the word “safe” when referring to pesticide products.
Botanical Pest Control
Botanical pest control can also be misleading to consumers looking for alternatives to traditional pesticides. Certain plants contain substances that are naturally poisonous to insects and other mammals. Strychnine is produced from the dried seeds of the strychnos tree that grows natively in India. Styrychnine is lethal to mammals but is all natural. Just because something is referred to as organic pest control does not mean that is what you intend to have used at your property to control your general household pests. As you can see, even products that are derived from natural sources are not non-toxic or 100% “safe” and it is misleading to advertise as such. Even household window cleaners are toxic at some level.
Harmonix Botanical Insect Spray
Harmonix Botanical Insect Spray is the product of choice in our AmeriGuard Green Division Botanical Service. This patented technology is based on the natural defenses that plants and trees use for their self protection against insects and pathogens. The mixtures of horticultural oils and pheromones are designed to target the insect nervous system without impacting other animals. AmeriGuard has chosen Harmonix Insect Spray because it provides a long-lasting residual and a fast knockdown. The active ingredient is pyrethrum, a botanical insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower.
This biological insecticide sets the new standard in residual performance.
- Fast knockdown of up to 60 common household insects
- Effective staying power, providing a residual of up to 28 days indoors
- Available as interior/exterior treatment
- Can be used for sensitive accounts such as: schools, healthcare, childcare and geriatric facilities
AmeriGuard is also able to provide pest control services using reduced-risk pesticides that are formulated to affect the target pest and while not impacting non-target organisms, such as mammals. Reduced-risk pesticides, such as Dupont Arilon (active ingredient Indoxacarb), allows AmeriGuard to offer a pest control service that poses less risk to human health and the environment compared to conventional pesticide alternatives.
Is the AmeriGuard Green Defense Service right for your home?
Reducing the use of pesticides on your property is the first step. Green service also relies on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). An IPM approach can be very effective at reducing pest problems at your property. Below are some strategies for minimizing pest habitats and reducing infestations.
- Clean rain gutters
- Keep tree branches trimmed back from roofs
- Store firewood away from the house to reduce rodent and spider harborage sites
- Keep trash in sealed containers
- Make sure windows are screened securely
- Seal window frames
- Seal any exterior cracks, crevices or holes
- Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back from the house
Read our poplular blog post on our green division http://www.ameriguardpest.com/pest-control-blog/organic-pest-control-botanical-green/#/
Natural botanical pest control products do not have the same half-life as traditional pesticides must be reapplied on a monthly basis. Both the inside and outside of your home are always under warranty. AmeriGuard’s Green Defense Program guarantees your satisfaction between regularly scheduled maintenance services with unlimited free re-treatments for all general pests. If at any time, you find yourself in need of an additional treatment in between regular monthly services, call us and we will return to treat your home again at no extra cost.