Does Green Pest Control Work?

Eco Friendly pesticidesPest control is necessary to protect your home from termites, ants, and other insects, but you also want to protect your family, your pets, and the environment. So does green pest control work? The short answer is “yes”, but understanding which products work and why is an important distinction.

What is EcoSMART® Green Pest Control?

At Nature’s Way Pest Control, we use EcoSMART botanical products. Backed by 15 years of scientific research, EcoSMART’s unique technology has proven to be extremely effective against a broad spectrum of pests with no known pest resistance issues. In fact, EcoSMART’s product performance is comparable to conventional pest control, yet delivers an unprecedented margin of safety.

How it Works

EcoSMART’s patented technology is based on the natural defenses used by plants and trees to protect themselves against insects and microorganisms. These essential oils are extracted from plants — a relatively straightforward process using steam — and then combined in a proprietary blend to formulate botanical-based green pest control products.

Why It’s Safe

These revolutionary and proprietary combinations of plant essential oils target octopamine receptors. Without getting too scientific, octopamine is an insect’s version of adrenaline. Vertebrates, such as birds, fish, dogs, and people, don’t have octopamine receptors, which means they are not affected by these essential oil compounds. EcoSmart is able to use the environment’s natural defenses to eliminate and control pests in your home, without harming people or pets.

What is Bora-Care?

Bora-Care is one of our favorite products! It is both a bait and a repellent for termites, ants, and other insects. Decades of efficacy studies and treatments in the field since 1990 have shown Bora-Care’s ability to prevent termites and carpenter ants from destroying homes. In addition, hundreds of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of borates as a preservative, including more than 40 studies confirming its wood-protecting power.

How it Works

Bora-Care’s unique patented blend of glycols and borate salt provides results that are hard to beat. Borate salts work by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of termites, ants, and other insects. If ingested, the insect becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. Because of this unique mode of action, insects cannot develop a resistance – ever. Unlike other pesticides, it isn’t applied to the soil, but to the structure itself.

Why It’s Safe

The active ingredient in Bora-Care is a borate salt. Sodium borate is a naturally occurring, water-soluble mineral. While deadly for insects, it is one of the least toxic, naturally derived insect baits you can use in your home. It is important to note, however, that it is a hazardous substance that can endanger people and pets if it’s ingested or inhaled in significant amounts or over extended periods.

Upstate New York’s Green Pest Control Experts

If you are interested in eco-friendly pest prevention and integrated pest management in northeastern New York, contact Nature’s Way Pest Control. We offer professional green pest control in Lake George, Glens Falls, Saratoga, Albany, NY, and beyond. Contact us or schedule a free inspection to see if green pest control is right for you.