Because of the increasing threat of global warming and environmental pollution, many are searching for a safe, eco-friendly way of living the best life. It is through this need that anything “organic” eventually becomes a trend.
But first, how do we define “organic?” According to the US Department of Agriculture, the term is used to refer to a product, service, method, or activity that has been produced or done by integrating practices that are known and proven to have a good impact on the environment.
If it encourages recycling of renewable resources, emphasizes ecological balance, and preserve the biodiversity without using synthetic or chemical means and practices (such as genetic engineering or irradiation), it goes under this umbrella term.
To put things simply, it means that you rely on the wonder of nature to nurture a certain thing.
So what does it mean if we say that a product or service is called an “organic pest control” method? It means that no chemicals or synthetic (human-made) substances are used to eradicate the pests in one particular area. This may include your home, office, vegetable garden, or yard.
But why use organic pest control? Does it offer the same, if not better, benefits than if you use a synthetic one? Here are four advantages of trying and hopefully, adopting this method:
1. It is eco-friendly
Of course, it cannot be labeled “organic” without reason. By using an organic pest control method to remove pests in your area, you not only made your household safe and protected from these tiny mites. You also help the environment by preventing further damage brought by chemicals that are not from nature, anyway.
Depending on the type of organic pest control method you use, say, in your vegetable garden, you can protect your precious plants from all the bugs while making your soil more productive and more fertile in the long run as well.
For example, an organic pest control method called the “Trap crops” is done by adding a plant that attracts specific bugs and insects near your vegetables. Because of these crops, your veggies remain crisp and pest-free.
Most organic pest control products (sprays, pellets, fertilizers, etc.) use natural ingredients such as herbs and essential oils to attract pests and eventually get rid of them. Because they come from nature itself, it does little to no damage to the surrounding area.
2. It is safe for children and pets
Rowdy children or pets who love to play around the house and garden can become exposed to different elements in the area. If you use chemical pest control methods to rid your place of bugs and insects, there is a likely chance that your child or dog absorb the synthetic ingredients from these synthetic substances.
And depending on their immunity, these chemicals can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, respiratory problems (especially if you use sprays), and vomiting and nausea (that is if your child or pet “accidentally” ingests some soil or sand while playing－you can’t really know), among others.
Using synthetic pest control methods in eradicating pests from your vegetable garden might also increase the chance of chemical contamination in your veggies. If you and your family consume your backyard plants, these substances can eventually transfer to your body.
While the effects may not be immediate, once these harmful chemicals accumulate into a considerable amount in your system, it can lead to various diseases that could cost a lot more to treat.
3. It is cost-effective in the long term
Yes, most organic products in the market today tend to be higher in price than those who are mass produced by large plantations. This is understandable since organic gardening is labor-inducing. You essentially pay for the efforts of the farmers in ensuring that the product is as fresh and nutritious as it could possibly be.
But once you take the time to calculate the costs involved－and these do not just include the price of purchasing organic products every month or so you would soon realize that they can save you in the long run.
How? For one, the medical costs involved in treating diseases caused by long-time exposure to chemical pest control products and services are tremendously higher than purchasing organic products in your lifetime. In fact, you can’t even compare it. Health is wealth, after all. No amount of money can compare to the benefits of taking care of yourself as early as you can. Do you want to take the risk with your own family?
If you grow your own food at home, using organic pest control methods to keep your plants bug-free is beneficial not just to the plant itself, but also to the soil. Using chemical pesticides tend to damage both the plant and the soil by depleting the nutrients from the latter. This leads to less nutritious plant products.
And this is not just hearsay. According to a study done by Cleeton, the nutritional quality of both fruits and vegetables in the current market decreased to as much as 76% in the past years. They believe that using chemical pesticides that strip the soil of nutrients is the primary cause. Instead of going to the plants, the trace minerals in the soil fades away into oblivion.
Using organic pest control methods prevent this by keeping your soil fertile enough to nurture healthy, happy plants.
4. It can be personalized depending on the pests involved
Unlike most chemical pest control methods wherein a spray only targets one family of insect or bugs, organic pest control methods can be tailor-fit to what the type of pests that are currently invading your home or garden.
Some businesses that offer organic pest control methods even provide consultation services as to what type is more effective in eradicating AND keeping the pests away. They consider the insect, the place, and other factors like the presence of vulnerable residents and your desired schedule in their repertoire.
Removing pests both in your home and garden is part of maintaining and improving your home. Because there are so many factors involved, we recommend that you seek advice and help from pest exterminating services in your area instead of blindly searching the Internet for information.
Remember, every household is different, and your problem may not be the same as the people who give that advice－that includes us!