What Attracts Stinging Insects to North Carolina Homes

No one likes having run-ins with stinging insects. Whether it’s a single be or wasp that has found its way into your home or dozens of them attacking you out in your yard, those pests can disrupt your life, that's for sure. In some cases, they can even send you to the hospital! Needless to say, it is best to not have them around. So to keep these unfortunate run-ins from happening, it’s important to understand what attracts them to your yard. And some of the things that attract them may surprise you!

hornet up close
yellow jacket nest

We all know that stinging insects are drawn to flowers; bees are important pollinators and wasps and hornets feed on the nectar from flowers. If you have flowers in your yard you can expect to have visits from honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and more. But do you know that you don't even have to have flowers in your yard to attract stinging insects? It's true! If there are sweet smells in your yard, stinging insects will be curious. It could be juice left in a cup out on your deck or balcony. It might be the smell of cologne or perfume. Anything that smells sweet has the potential to attract stinging pests to your property!
 
However, some stinging pests eat more than just nectar. Wasps and yellow jackets are often found feeding on protein as well, and they get a lot of this protein from feeding on other insects. When flies come into your yard, it attracts the spiders that eat them and when spiders come into your yard, it can attract hungry wasps. And while there aren’t any animals that eat adult wasps, some are brave enough to feed on the larvae found inside their nests. This could bring a raccoon, skunk, or other wildlife animals into your yard. These wildlife pests will also feed on the honey in beehives as well.
 
When stinging pests come into your yard, they will often target open trash receptacles. There are many food options available to stinging insects in bags of trash including both sweets and proteins. For this reason, keeping your trash stored in clean, sealed containers is a crucial step in preventing nests from being established on your property. Bright colors and floral patterns on your home or your clothing can also draw stinging insects into your yard, so it’s important to be mindful of this when spending time outdoors.
 
In addition to the attractants listed above, an indirect attractant for stinging insects is moisture. A home that has moisture issues around its perimeter will also have pest problems as there are many pests that are drawn to dampness and pools of stagnant water. And the wasps around your property will be drawn to your home to feed on those insects.
 
The effective control of stinging pests requires ongoing inspections and routine treatments that manage pest populations. If you have fewer active bugs on your property, you'll have fewer spiders, wasps, and other pests as a result. Pest management is a complex field of study, so these inspections and treatments should be performed by a licensed professional. When applied by an educated and experienced professional, green pest control and natural control methods will be chosen first, and targeted and limited use of EPA-approved pest products will only be used where they are absolutely necessary. A professional is also equipped to deal with the proper removal of nests. In many cases, removal can be achieved without the need for an application of insecticides. That is good news for your pets and for anyone living in your home.
 
Are you seeing stinging insects on your North Carolina property? Do you live in the Greater Charlotte area? Reach out to us A-1 Pest Control! We have residential pest control programs that provide coverage for stinging pests as well as a variety of other pests. We'll help you get the protection you need! A-1 is your one-stop service for all the pests you're concerned about. With our Home Shield Plus and Home Shield Complete plans, you get protection from stinging insects and vital reduction services for other dangerous pests like mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and fire ants. To get started, reach out to us today and schedule a free home estimate! No North Carolina home should be without a pest protection plan. Get yours in place today with A-1 Pest Control!

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    [content] => <p><br>&nbsp;<br>Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even life-threateningly) dangerous, and which are less dangerous? We put together what we&rsquo;re calling the &ldquo;pest danger index&rdquo; to help you determine that. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 - A Little Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 pests are the sort of pests that pose their own sort of danger, but they aren&rsquo;t the type to pose a major threat.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Ladybug on persons hand" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/ladybug-391310_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ladybugs"><strong>Ladybugs -</strong></a> Ladybugs don&rsquo;t cause any sort of destruction, and they don&rsquo;t bite or spread disease. They can infest your home in large numbers, but their biggest crime is just being an annoyance and an unwanted guest inside your home. Ladybugs eat all sorts of harmful garden pests, so ladybugs in your garden can actually be a good thing. &nbsp;</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Indian meal moth close up" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/43890223691_60619bcb07_c-min.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plodia_interpunctella_-_Indian_meal_moth_-_%D0%AE%D0%B6%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B1%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BD%D1%91%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0_(43890223691).jpg">Indian Meal Moth</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/155939562@N05">Ilia Ustyantsev</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/indian-meal-moths"><strong>Indian Meal Moths -</strong></a> Sure, you don&rsquo;t want Indian meal moths flapping around your home and causing trouble in your pantry. These moths can definitely be an irritant with their ability to contaminate food, but as far as pests go, they&rsquo;re a nuisance and nothing more. &nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Stink bug on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Stink_bug_7757617824.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/7757617824">Stink bug</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/">Ton Rulkens</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stink-bugs"><strong>Stink Bugs -</strong></a> Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t a direct threat to humans -- mostly they just, well, stink. It&rsquo;s a bit of a different story when it comes to agriculture, as stink bugs can be a serious threat to crops. But as far as house pests go? Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t much of a problem -- besides their smell.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ant on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Ant_on_leaf.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br><em>(<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ant_on_leaf.jpg">"Ant on Leaf"</a> by Luke Elstad is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ants"><strong>Most Ants -</strong></a> Excluding carpenter ants and fire ants, the majority of ant species that occupy homes pose hardly any threat at all. You still don&rsquo;t want these insects wandering about your home, but they won&rsquo;t hurt you and they aren&rsquo;t big disease spreaders.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 2 - Somewhat Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 2 pests pose some threats to humans, but for the most part, they aren&rsquo;t major disease spreaders, health risks, or causing serious home damage -- although some can trigger allergies, which is no joke!&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Carpet beetle crawling around" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/26103053207_b5fb73b305_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/26757955908/">Varied Carpet Beetle</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/">AJC1</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/carpet-beetles"><strong>Carpet Beetles -</strong></a> For the most part, carpet beetles aren&rsquo;t a big problem. However, they can contaminate food and cause damage to clothing, blankets, and carpeting. They can trigger allergies in some people, which puts them a tier above ladybugs, moths, ants, and stink bugs. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Lunging wolf spider" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg">Wolf Spider</a>" by Rapha&euml;l Poupon is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0)</a></em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/spiders"><strong>Most Spiders -</strong></a> Outside of black widows and brown recluse spiders, the vast majority of spiders found in North Carolina pose little threat to humans. In fact, these spiders can do a nice job killing any other, smaller nuisance pests that live in your home, because many of those pests are spider food. Still, as unlikely as it may be, there&rsquo;s a slight chance that some spiders will bite you, and even though bites from most common house spiders can&rsquo;t even puncture human skin, it still makes them marginally more dangerous than level 1 pests. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Fly resting on a twig" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg">Blue Bottle Fly</a>" by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Azimronnie">Azim Khan Ronnie</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)</em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/flies"><strong>Flies -</strong></a> It&rsquo;s true that flies can spread germs and bacteria because they do tend to hang out in unsavory places like garbage cans and sometimes even on feces. So obviously this is gross, but is it actually a serious threat? For the most part, no. <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3883353/houseflies-bacteria-sick-reality-check/">According to a recent study</a>, the amount of bacteria a fly can transmit to a person isn&rsquo;t really enough to make them sick, with the exception being babies, the elderly, and people in hospitals with lowered immune systems. They aren&rsquo;t a non-threat, but they don&rsquo;t match up to the pests in our next section.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 3 - Dangerous &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</h3>
<p>This group of pests moves out of the &ldquo;slight risk&rdquo; category and qualify as downright dangerous, capable of causing health problems for some.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wasp climbing its nest" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/earth-wasp-5879353_640.jpg" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stinging-insects"><strong>Stinging Insects -</strong></a> Although not every species of bee, wasp, and hornet are equally dangerous, on the whole, it hurts us to say that stinging insects are quite dangerous. Their stings can be quite painful and even life-threatening to those with allergies, and their nesting habits can at times cause serious structural damage to homes and other structures. They get a few bonus points for being the world&rsquo;s pollinators, but that fact doesn&rsquo;t make them any less dangerous. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Number of cockroaches crawling on branch" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/wildlife-insect-fauna-invertebrate-animals-hornet-1006014-pxhere.com.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches"><strong>Cockroaches -</strong></a> Cockroaches might be one of the most hated creatures on this whole list, and for good reason: They are capable of spreading bacteria and disease because of their penchant for hanging out in dirty places, and can contaminate surfaces with that bacteria causing diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella. They are also capable of triggering asthma attacks in asthmatic individuals, and top of all that, they&rsquo;re sort of terrifying. &nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bed bug in hair" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/5975912718_af791e6685_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/5975917188">Cimex lectularius (bed bug)</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/">Gilles San Martin</a> is liscensable under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/bed-bugs">Bed Bugs -</a></strong> While it might seem strange to loop bed bugs in with some of these dangerous insects- they don&rsquo;t spread disease, and their bites at worst cause an allergic reaction- we think the psychological effects of bed bugs make them nearly pretty dangerous. In fact, those psychological effects are significant enough that there have been <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22195533/#:~:text=Background%3A%20In%20some%20individuals%2C%20psychological,posttraumatic%20stress%20disorder%20(PTSD).">entire studies done on them and their potential to cause PTSD</a>. We think that&rsquo;s serious stuff. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 4 - Very Dangerous &nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>This category is reserved for the pests that can really do some real damage, whether that&rsquo;s to a person&rsquo;s health or to a person&rsquo;s living space. In our eyes, these are the worst of the worst. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Engorged tick " height="356" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/tick-2371782_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/ticks">Ticks -</a></strong> Ticks are usually not all that dangerous to humans. In fact, chances are you&rsquo;ve gotten a tick before, and it hasn&rsquo;t really been much of an issue. However, ticks do carry a number of diseases that can cause various health issues- like Lyme Disease- and even some that can be fatal, like Tularemia. That doesn&rsquo;t mean you should panic if you get a tick bite, but it does definitely make ticks very dangerous on the whole. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Mosquito sucking blood from a fingertip up close" height="359" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/PIXNIO-46056-725x473.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/14954552817">Dengue Mosquito</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/">Oregon State University</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/pest-library/profile/mosquitoes"><strong>Mosquitoes -</strong></a> Mosquitoes are a lot like ticks: usually not a huge problem, but on occasion a major problem. They transmit a whole host of serious diseases, most notably West Nile Virus and encephalitis. So, while those itchy bites do not seem serious at first, they are worth avoiding if you can.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Group of termites up close" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg">Giant Northern Termite</a>" by CSIRO is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/control/blog/Termites%20-">Termites -</a> Termites are a strange case, because you can go years with a termite infestation without even knowing they&rsquo;re slowly gnawing away at your home. However, they are very dangerous insects for one simple reason: they can do serious and expensive damage to your home. It&rsquo;s even possible for a termite infestation to get so bad that a structural collapse occurs. That financial risk puts them in the &ldquo;very dangerous&rdquo; category for us.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Are you having problems with any of these dangerous (and not-so-dangerous) pests? A-1 Pest Control can help! We can help you with treatment for each and every one of these invasive insects; just <a href="/contact-us#schedule">get in touch with us</a> and we&rsquo;ll help you with any problem that you&rsquo;re having ASAP. &nbsp;</p>
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 Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even…

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    [openingParagraph] => <p>Spring brings with it a range of lawn and garden pests in the North Carolina area, for a variety of reasons. The warming temperatures wake up sleeping, dormant insects and wildlife from underground and within trees after their winter hibernation. The frequent rains that are common in early spring can contribute to damp areas or small bodies of still water on properties. This can attract moisture-loving insects or those that lay eggs in the water.</p>
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<p><strong>Stinging Insects</strong> &ndash; While pollinating insects like honeybees are a gardener&rsquo;s best friend, non-pollinating bees and other <a href="/pest-library/profile/stinging-insects">stinging insects</a> like wasps and hornets can become a nuisance in the spring. As they begin to wake up from winter hibernation and resume hive activity, they seek out food sources in your yards.</p>

<p><strong>Aphids</strong> &ndash; These critters are only a few millimeters long and typically pear shaped. They can be colored anywhere from green to yellow to brown or even gray. They are often found on the underside of leaves for a variety of plants, including peas, beans, tomatoes, cabbage, asparagus, melons, and others. They feed by sucking out sap and other vital nutrients within the leaves, which causes the damage to the plant leaves. They tough out the winter in egg form, but when spring arrives, they hatch as larvae. Aphids can mature quickly, within 10 days or so and several generations of them can spawn in a single year.</p>

<p><strong>Leafminers</strong> &ndash; Leaf miners are any of a few different species of larvae that live inside and eat plants leaves as they mature. A maze of zig-zag discolored lines on plant leaves are a classic sign, as is traces of frass (droppings) within the lines. These bugs can target a range of plants and trees, but in North Carolina are commonly associated with Azalea trees and Boxwoods. In gardens, they can be found on any leafy green or different members of the allium family, like garlic and onion.</p>

<p><strong>Wood Destroying Insects</strong> &ndash; Free standing wood piles or compost piles can be attractive to subterranean termites that thrive in the dampness and moisture of the soil. <a href="/pest-library/profile/termites">Termites</a> feed on cellulose, the organic material that provides physical structure to all plants. As the spring season warms the soil, the subterranean termites send waves of alates, or &ldquo;swarmers&rdquo; &ndash; a specific caste of termite in their social structure. These swarmers are responsible for forming new colonies. Unattended wood piles can foster the damp, cellulose rich environment termites thrive in. As the waves of alates further colonize yards and properties, they can target anything with cellulose, from gardens to homes!</p>

<p><strong>Lace Bugs</strong> &ndash; There are many different varieties of lace bugs, but the lace-like &ldquo;stippling&rdquo; found on leaves is a dead giveaway for these pests. This occurs when lace bugs suck out the chlorophyll and/or other nutrients in the leaves, causing the discoloration of the stippling. Lace bugs are also commonly associated with Azaleas in North Carolina, but you will also find them on oaks, sycamores and hawthorns.</p>

<p><strong>Rodents</strong> &ndash; Whether rats, <a href="/pest-library/profile/mice">mice</a>, or their smaller relatives in field mice (voles), rodents are a recurring nuisance for many gardeners every spring. They&rsquo;re known for chewing on a range of plant parts, such as flower bulbs, root structures, stems and leaves.</p>

<p><strong>Potato Beetles</strong> &ndash; While these small oval beetles are commonly associated with potatoes, they also feed on leaves and new growth for a range of plants in the broader nightshade family: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. The life cycle for these pests starts in early spring, when eggs are laid on the underside of leaves, hatching usually within a week. The larvae that emerge are voracious eaters for a period of several weeks, in which time they can devastate plant leaves, causing leaf drop-off. Once &ldquo;full&rdquo;, the fully-grown larvae drop down and into the soil, where they pupate for about a week or so, before emerging as grown adults, repeating the life cycle.</p>

<p><strong>Squash Bugs</strong> &ndash; Squash vine borers can target any vining plant in a garden, but are well known for their attraction to squash varieties: squash, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkins, etc. These pests also feed on the sap and nutrients of leaves and the stems of newly emerging fruit. When concentrated in high enough numbers, they can damage the plant in a few different ways, from lowering fruit yields to early wilting or even plant death. Their rust to copper colored eggs are&nbsp;laid on the top and bottom of squash plant leaves in late spring to early summer. This is often the best time to check for squash bug eggs, removing them from the plant leaves before they can hatch and join the adults in feeding.</p>

<p><strong>Wildlife</strong> &ndash; In addition to rodents, <a href="/pest-library/profile/wildlife">smaller wildlife</a> can also cause headaches for gardeners. Chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, and skunks are all frequent diggers and chewers that can feed on bulbs and roots, in addition to nibbling on leaves and plant growth. Although they can chew on any plant in a garden, fruit bearing plants like berry bushes and vines can be a favorite snack for these small pests.</p>

<p>As you begin spring cleanups and planting, be sure to be on the lookout for the signs of these different types of garden pests. If you&rsquo;re facing a particularly severe or devastating infestation of a pest, particularly those can easily migrate from garden to home (rodents, wildlife, termites, stinging insects), <a href="/contact-us">contact the professionals at A-1 Pest Control</a> for a quote on inspection and removal services.</p>
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    [openingParagraph] => <p>Recent years have seen an increase in pesticides that dub themselves &ldquo;green.&rdquo; These pesticides promise to be more friendly to the earth than conventional pesticides, while also being safer for humans. However, often these &ldquo;green&rdquo; pesticides are not all that they seem to be. In this post, we&rsquo;ll take a look at some studies on green and natural pesticides, and debunk some of the common myths about green pest control.</p>
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<p>This is one of the big problems with the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; when it comes to pesticides: there isn&rsquo;t an established standard that sets parameters for being categorized as green or natural. Under EPA regulations, the only term that is cleared for use is &ldquo;organic,&rdquo; which leaves the possibility open that the sorts of pesticides being used by companies dubbing themselves green are not actually all that they claim to be. In some cases, companies may be using the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; to make their pesticides more appealing to customers who are looking for alternative options. Because there is no regulatory mechanism that defines &ldquo;green&rdquo; and &ldquo;natural&rdquo; pesticides what they actually are can vary wildly--they might not all be as eco-friendly as they&rsquo;re advertised.</p>

<p>To get a better understanding of green pesticides and pesticides in general, here are some frequently asked questions.</p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> What are the benefits of green pesticides, when compared to more conventional pesticides?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> That&rsquo;s sort of a difficult question to answer, because the term &ldquo;green pesticides&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly well defined. But generally we&rsquo;ve observed that pesticides that call themselves green work less effectively than the traditional ones.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Really? Less effective?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> Yes. Because they aren&rsquo;t standardized there&rsquo;s a lot more product variability. We can&rsquo;t say for sure that they&rsquo;re all less effective, we&rsquo;ve just found that they don&rsquo;t always do the job as well as other pesticides.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Would you recommend using them?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> We wouldn&rsquo;t recommend using something with so little oversight.</p>

<h4><br>So, How Safe are Common Pesticides?</h4>

<p>Common pesticides can be safe, when they&rsquo;re applied properly. Many of the concerns that common pesticides and herbicides elicit are caused by improper use or application. Proper application of a pesticide requires a careful analysis of the surrounding area (to ensure none gets into a water supply), correct decision making when choosing the kind of pesticide, properly following label directions, wearing the proper protective gear, and using the correct amount of the actual product to ensure that there is no damage or danger, just to name a few. That&rsquo;s why, when it comes to making these decisions and deploying properly, <a href="/">we recommend consulting a professional</a>--and no one lives up to high standards of effectiveness and professionalism like A1 Pest Control.</p>
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