Natural pest control? What is it and why is it important?

Natural control and pest control have not gone well together in the same sentence. This is because traditional pest control is not natural at all. What is and what is not natural pest control?
Natural pest control describes pest control using products and processes that are natural. Just ten years ago, it was almost unheard of for any pesticide on the market to be natural. No, pesticides are typically multi-syllable chemical concoctions devised in scientific laboratories. These products do not exist in nature, but are man-made synthetic chemicals designed to attack the nervous system of insects. There is nothing natural about a synthetic chemical pesticide.
The best example of a bad synthetic pesticide is DDT. Interestingly, DDT won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1948 because it was incredibly effective at killing insects. Of course, the man hadn’t thought about the long-term repercussions of such a capable poison. Yes, crop pests were well controlled for several years, but DDT wreaked havoc on the environment! Species were pushed to extinction, the planet was being polluted, and all the wonders of DDT turned into Pandoras Box nightmares unleashed on the world to cause cascading damage.
Fortunately, DDT was banned in the United States! Problem solved, right? Uh no. Not even close. For starters, DDT is still widely used in developing countries. But that’s not the worst part.
When DDT was removed from the arsenal of pest control products, chemical companies had to look for alternatives. So different synthetic poisons were created. You may have heard of a few of them – malathion has been quite popular in the landscaping market for years. How about Diazinon? And the very popular synthetic pyrethroids that are everywhere.
These are NOT natural! They do not exist in nature! They, and many other products, are compounds with complex multi-syllable names that are specifically designed to alter, attack, mitigate, or compromise the nervous system of insects. If you’re like most people and you hate mistakes, it seems like a legitimate punaise de lit 91 result. But it is not so easy … Remember how DDT affected a variety of species beyond what was being controlled by the application? (For example, the bald eagle came close to extinction when DDT was sprayed on crops to control caterpillars on corn.) These unnatural pesticides not only affect pests, but enter the food chain, water supply, and ultimately human bodies to cause massive increases in neurological diseases that affect humans. Autism, Alzheimer’s, ADHD and many more, all with dizzying diagnoses.
However, natural pest control does not harm others! It is beginning to take hold and the market for natural pest control is expected to grow exponentially in the next decade. It was time!
Natural pest control can control pests using natural products and processes. Why do anything else?
Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug, which offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides with a line of pest control products that use cedar as an active ingredient.