Have you been dependent on pesticides for pest control and elimination? Do you always grab it from your cabinet and spray the area where you suspect there's a pest infestation?
You know it isn't the ultimate solution but you can't help it? You are not alone because many household occupants tend to rely on pesticides for problems like these. That's alright because pesticides are made for killing pests, whether it is herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and antimicrobial agents, material and wood preservatives, among others.
Pesticides are necessary to make us safe and feel protected from pests. As long as we use it properly and in moderation, we'll not be causing harm to ourselves and the environment.
Proper use of pesticides starts with being a good product consumer. As such, it is your responsibility to know the right kind of pesticide for a particular pest. You are also aware of what's prohibited and approved in the market. And most importantly, you use it along with other pest control means to regulate its usage.
Examples of approved pesticide alternatives include Ammonium soap of fatty acids, Ferric sodium, and new herbicide products containing sodium chloride. The first product is a household herbicide for controlling weeds, moss, and algae in garden areas. The second product targets snails and slugs present in several fruit trees, grasses, turf, and ornamentals. The third is used for non-cropland areas like roadsides, vacant lots, and walkways.
Don't hesitate to seek the services of a pest control expert if things get complicated.
Knowing how to integrate pesticides with the above alternative options is also a must. Pest control is one comprehensive approach where you take into consideration everything. You think not only of ridding of pests by killing them with pesticides but also of its side effects to the environment and your health.
So before using pesticides, authorities encourage you to use the following strategies. First, ask yourself whether a pest problem exists. Secondly, observe and monitor to understand pests' behavior. Thirdly, change the setting or environment to make it less conducive for them. Arm yourself with the right information to avoid costly mistakes.