The future of pest control: non-toxic treatments

The benefits of non-toxic pest control are manifold. From saving time to reducing the impact of the use of chemical solutions on the planet. Let’s review the benefits of adopting these types of methods.

In recent years, various governments and regulatory bodies have worked hard to reduce the use of pesticides and to adopt non-toxic solutions. For example in 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) decided that neonicotinoids had an impact on pollinating insects such as bees. The result was a complete ban on use in Europe and prompted Canadian, California and New Zealand authorities to do the same.

The authorities are not alone in orienting their approaches towards non-toxic methods of struggle. Some companies are starting to change the composition of products in order to offer new solutions that are less harmful to the environment and human health and more suited to the wishes of the consumer. The latter has also changed its expectations by turning to organic products, again forcing companies to change their approaches to the use of pesticides. According to the French Agency for the Development and Promotion of Organic Agriculture, the consumption of organic products grew in 2017 by 17% compared to 2016.

At the same time, technological and scientific advances have led the pest control sector towards a more targeted, more efficient and better supported approach in the area of ​​non-toxic. The positive news? These technological developments are leading to the use of healthier methods for employee and consumer health. Another advantage is that these solutions are more effective, cheaper and more durable than toxic products.

Save time and money thanks to preventive solutions.

More and more companies are choosing to control rodents with control devices connected 24/7. Illustration with the product, Radar connect, whose instant alert system warns the technician in case of capture. This mouse trap 2.0, via the data collected and via a single web portal, will give its user a visualization of the infestation trends of each of its sites and give him access to transparent and detailed audit reports. Connected products allow technicians to quickly respond to any rodent infestation problem before needing to use chemical solutions. In the long term, this approach will save a business time, but also money compared to a service requiring the treatment of a large infestation.

Protecting the health of employees and employees.

Businesses in the hotel, restaurant, food and pharmaceutical industry must at all costs avoid pest control products from coming into contact with food or goods. In addition, they should also avoid over-processing equipment that is frequently in contact with human skin. For this type of environment, it is possible to use heat treatments that are extremely effective against pests such as bedbugs and cockroaches. Finally, these treatments eliminate pests at all stages of development, from the egg to the adult via the larva, in a single treatment without causing damage to the structure and equipment of your building.

Technology for efficiency


Electric destructors of flying insects (DEIV), such as Lumnia, can also control flies hygienically and without toxic products. Second advantage, this type of product captures and eliminates flies safely and without risk of contamination. This allows you to have zero impact on your business activity by avoiding employee absenteeism due to illness.

Compliance with animal welfare legislation
Using non-toxic solutions can also help companies avoid fines for breaking laws protecting wildlife and birds. For example, Rentokil distance solutions can prevent birds from nesting on the ledges of a monument or church. Thanks to the multitude of products available, the environment will be made uncomfortable and will force the pest to move away without hurting it and to find another place less disturbing for humans to land.

Increased efficiency combined with reduced environmental impact


Companies are also starting to use increasingly sophisticated organic pesticides. These solutions of organic compounds can act in different ways, such as repelling pests or disrupting their reproduction. They are a very effective alternative to chemicals in many scenarios. For example, they can be used on cockroaches where they will attach to the external part of their body. The spores will then germinate, pass through the outer shell of the pest, reach its body cavity and eventually kill it. The main advantage of this solution is that it is not toxic to mammals unlike chemicals. This perfectly demonstrates that the innovative chemical-free solutions developed today combine a higher level of efficiency with a reduced impact on the environment.

Conclusion of a non-toxic fight


At Rentokil, we believe it is the responsibility of our industry to continue to research and test non-toxic methods. We are all living in a changing era, characterized by strong urbanization, climate change and population growth. But today there is a wide variety of non-toxic pest management solutions to meet these challenges. These products are better for the environment, for public health, and also help businesses meet the changing needs of consumers while saving time and money.