Organic Pest Control, Because It Makes Good Sense
The pest control industry has been for the most part a mom and pop business which in many cases gets passed down to their children and grand children to carry on with the family business. Many times the business isn’t the only thing that gets passed down. The old saying, “you’re a product of your environment” has never been so true here. The chemicals and treatment strategy may not change much with new management because “if it isn’t broken why fix it”. The fact is many of today’s new technology and products have a hard time breaking into many of today’s companies because many haven’t changed their thinking or see a reason to change. Many of our customers want the Least Toxic Product, which is why we offer Organic, least toxic or exempt products as an alternative solution to conventional choices, along with an IPM approach which will be explained below.
I remember when I first started in the industry 33 years ago. My training consisted of a ride-a-long for a couple of days and a pest control manual. I received a truck with maybe two pesticides and a compressed air sprayer that was slung over my back that weighed 33 pounds and a list of clients and a set of keys and a word of encouragement, "See ya at five”, and I was off with my new carrier. I soon realized that this level of knowledge wasn’t going to work for me, thanks to my Dad who always instilled in me to be the best at what I do in life. I took over my training from that point and haven’t stopped. Our industry is much more demanding and training is no longer an option, thank goodness.
Fast forward to modern day pest control, you will still be able to find the old school way of doing things and you will also find highly specialized services and specific ways and products used to deliver them. Many of the companies have made the adjustments with the ever changing EPA and the Structural Control Board’s rules & regulations and adjusted to the loss of many pesticides to choose from.
Today’s customers are much more educated about insects, disease, toxicity and choices, thanks partly to the Internet. As you know the Internet is a great place to start for information, but for the most part the Internet is a search engine of data, good, bad or indifferent.
Chemicals that use to be around back in the day had the potential to be more toxic because many of the active ingredients were in categories like Organophosphates, and Chlorinated Hydrocarbons which were the main staple of our industry and were made up of products like aldrin, chlordane
, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, hexachlor, toxophene, Dursban, Diaznon, and a host of others and all were used in much higher dosage than the current Ultra-Low-Dose products that are now available.
So why isn’t every company using alternative products and treatment strategy to control pest challenges if technology has brought us to that point? Many of the reason I have pointed out above, but I also believe many don’t really see the need to. The need is YOU, the consumer that is looking for a safer, environmentally responsible solution to your pest issues. We have always been an Organic Pest Control company from the first day we opened our doors. We didn’t jump on the “organic” band wagon when the term became popular; in fact we were the first. Our vision was to offer the least toxic products and incorporate the IPM approach (see below) and be effective. Happy to say we continue to do so.
There really is no specific definition of what organic means. We have had an acronym for many years, IPM which stands for Integrated Pest Management. This process incorporated biological control, mechanical control, and yes, pesticides. As an Entomologist and General Manager, this is the basis of a better solution to dealing with pest issues, while maintaining aneffective program.
Thank you for visiting us. Here is a $50.00 off coupon for visiting Greenleaf Organic Pest Management.