Conventional pest control is believed to be the oldest form of treatment. All pest control products that fall within this category contain a combination of chemical ingredients. While modern society is beginning to turn away from conventional chemical pesticides and insecticides, they are still some of the popular treatments.
The chemical found in conventional pesticides has been determined to be harmful to the environment. Conventional pest control products have contributed to global climate change, according to research. The chemicals utilized to eradicate pests like ants, cockroaches, spiders, termites, boxelder bugs, and fleas are very effective.
Governments all over the world have joined forces to minimize environmental damage related to chemical insecticides. The United States government created an agency in December 1970 to take on pesticide manufacturers and vendors. The Environmental Protection Agency “EPA” tackles a variety of environmental issues, including climate change.
How Does Conventional Pest Control Work?
Conventional pest control includes chemical-based pesticides and insecticides. The strength ranges from the standard- to industrial-grade, with the latter being the strongest. Pesticides are utilized to combat nearly all insect species. Most formulas are applied directly to ensure maximum effectiveness.
A pest fogger (bug bomb) is also classified as a conventional pest control product. Foggers are comprised of chemicals and other ingredients in the form of an aerosol. The most common chemical found in over-the-counter pest foggers is pyrethrin, a powerful pest repellent.
Pest foggers are mostly utilized to get rid of cockroaches, fleas, and spiders. The ingredients come in an aerosol canister, which must be activated in a contained environment to deliver effective results. These conventional pest control products are very popular. In fact, they are utilized by both consumers and exterminators in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
The recommendations are generally the same across the pest control industry. One fogger is recommended for a small room or confined space. The room must be completely sealed and vacant before activation. Place the fogger in the center of a newspaper to protect the surface. Before activating, the home must be vacant with the exception of the user. Activate the fogger and rush out of the room as quickly as possible.
The room must stay sealed for at least two hours. Cockroach foggers work by penetrating hard-to-reach places. Cleanup can be a bit timely but is necessary to protect the occupants from coming into contact with pyrethrin.
Insect foggers can be utilized alone or combined with other conventional pest control products.
Traps play a very important role in pest management. There are several different types of pest control traps. There are mouse traps, adhesive traps, and bait stations. These products can be utilized alone or combined with a primary treatment like pesticides.
Conventional pesticides contain a variety of chemicals, such as atrazine, endosulfan, chlordane, aldrin, and chlordecone. Each brand has a unique formula designed to target one or more pest species.
Pesticides come in the form of a spray, which is applied directly.
All pesticides manufactured and sold in the United States must meet specific EPA requirements. One particular requirement is the active ingredient rating. The EPA restricts the number of active ingredients in insecticides and pesticides. The current number was decreased by 50 percent to combat climate change.
Pesticide active ingredients are broken down into three categories. The first category is conventional, which includes all ingredients, excluding antimicrobial and biological pesticides. The second category is antimicrobial, which includes substances utilized to eradicate or prevent microorganism growth. This includes fungi, viruses, and bacteria found on surfaces and inanimate objects.
The last category is biopesticides, which apply to all ingredients derived from natural sources.
Our Conventional Pest Control Protocol
Our residential pesticide begins with a visual home inspection. A certified pest control technician is dispatched to the home to conduct the assessment. The technician meets briefly with the homeowner before implementing the inspection. There are several reasons why a home inspection is a vital part of pest management. The collected data is applied to every aspect of the process. It is utilized to identify the pest, locate infested areas, and create a treatment plan.
Immediately upon completion of the home inspection, the technician consults with the client. The technician breaks down the findings to ensure the client has a full understanding of the process. If the client agrees to hire our company, the technician then writes out a quote. The written quote contains vital information, including treatment strategy, price, and other details.
The treatment is implemented on the second visit. A follow-up visit is specifically for the post-treatment inspection. The collected data helps the technician determine if the treatment strategy was effective.
If additional treatment is required, the appointment is scheduled with a two- or three-week gap. This allows enough time for any eggs to hatch.