Pest management operators serve as guardians of the environment as they utilize pest management methods. Operators play a very important role in limiting liability for pesticide misapplication.
Within the industry, reduction in pesticide use is being achieved in many ways. More companies are now offering quarterly, semiannual and annual service, thereby reducing the amount of product being applied. Several new baits for use on cockroaches, ants, termites, etc., are now available that incorporate the concepts of pinpoint application, low toxicity, and low dosage. New general-use pesticides and termiticides are being applied at remarkably low concentrations. All of these innovations have resulted in reduced use of pesticides.
The industry has come a long way since the 50s-70s, when pesticides were applied indiscriminately. We now have tools at our disposal that enable us to reduce the risk and use of pesticides, satisfy our clients, and achieve our pest management goals.