Greener Pest Control
Years ago, we used to run all of our service vehicles on used vegetable oil. Honestly. No, I’m not making this up. This was all part of a push for greener pest control. It was great while it lasted.
Unfortunately, the demand for greener pest control vehicles is not widespread. In fact, its non-existent. So, eventually the only vans that we could fit the conversion kits to got very old. This meant that they started to need repairs and increased maintenance which increased customers bills – not to mention the risk of our service vehicles breaking down!! So, that is why we now run modern fuel efficient vehicles which, in the long run, are actually greener than the old vans.
Now, I’m going to tell you about the claims that some make about being green. Most companies in this space focus on the fact that they use chemicals as a last resort which leads them to claim green credentials. Well, that’d be a fair enough claim to make if you only wanted to be accurate about the fact that less chemicals are better for the natural world than more chemicals. However, if you want to stand out and not be another ‘Me Too!!’ company, you need to find a different hook. So, why do I write this?
Because it’s ILLEGAL to do anything else. The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (and as amended 1987)
dictates that pest controllers should only use the minimum amount. Companies like Bayer
invest hundreds of millions of pounds in research so when they print the instructions on a bottle of insecticide costing £150, you can be sure that those instructions are accurate – you don’t need to ‘add another spoonful for the pot’. Any pest control company worth their salt only uses the minimum amount of chemical. So, its rather disingenuous to claim that you’re using chemicals as a last resort just to be green. The real reason is because its mandatory Anyway, it keeps costs down to use only the amount that is needed. And you can’t use chemical if no pest is present. I know that sounds obvious but, for some, its needed to be stated.
Kinder Pest Control
A lot of companies will quote IPM or ‘Integrated Pest Management’
. This has been around for years. Now I’m all for IPM and think that they should be promoting it. In fact, I intend to blog about just that subject in the future. The thing is that , again, any good pest control company should be doing IPM anyway. Why? Because IPM is common sense. There’s a bit more too it than this but it essentially boils down to:
- Tidy up
- Proof your property
- If 1 and 2 fail, kill the pests – then do 1 and 2 anyway.
Greener pest control means changing our environment in order to avoid having to end the life of pest species. You don’t need to use chemicals if there are no pests to kill in the first place. You also don’t have to employ a pest control company in a diesel-burning van to do it.
Acclaim Environmental are committed to greener pest control because its what is woven into our DNA. Its the standard that all companies should uphold but is too often only remembered during marketing activities.
We cover the whole of Northamptonshire, Northampton, Leicester, Birmingham, Bedford, Milton Keynes and London as well as the surrounding areas.