Protecting Your Backyard

By Russell Sieb, ACE

The weather is getting warmer and you are going to spend more time outside. Are you worrying about protecting your backyard? Do you have pest control concerns? Are you considering DIYing (Doing It Yourself)? Are you thinking about hiring a pest control company? I would recommend against trying to DIY any type of chemical applications; most people fail to read the instructions fully and understand how to properly apply the products in a safe manner.

The most common question asked to a professional, “Is it toxic or harmful?” How come nobody asks the guy at the home improvement store or garden center the same questions? And if they do, how educated are they on the products that they sell? All products used are toxic, regardless of whether they are “green or organic.” After all, the products used are designed to kill the insects and therefore have some toxic value to them. The concern isn’t whether they are toxic but what precautions do I need to be aware of after the treatment. All most all products used today are water based and are no longer harmful to people and pets once the product has dried.

Some “green or organic” products are oil based, such as spearmint or clove or even garlic oil. And these products are also mixed with water, and yes oil and water don’t mix. If these products aren’t mixed properly the oils can burn the vegetation around your home, by the suns rays magnifying the oil droplets. Also, if you are pregnant or have a hyper sense of smell the natural oils can leave an odor for several hours or even days after the treatment. Now, this is not a “green or organic” bashing blog but more informative. The real concern is whether the products being applied to your property are effective or not? This comes down to science and application methods (how the products are applied and where they are applied).

When considering a professional pest control company to protect your family, home and pets, like NJ Pest, they should be properly licensed and insured. Our focus is on what’s in the best interest of the customer, the right treatment for their needs and expectations.

Contact NJPest today. We will be happy to assist you and answer any additional questions you may have regarding pest control and protecting your backyard.