O ne of the most common questions that we receive when customers are evaluating our pest control services is whether or not our products are kid and pet friendly. This makes total sense…we all want to protect our children and pets from the dangers that pesticides may introduce, and want to be aware of the trade-offs we’re making to keep our homes relatively free from insects.
Although many of our clients have young children, the stats related to pet ownership are staggering… more than 70% of US households own pets, and the pet owners that we know aren’t cutting corners when it comes to the well-being of their dogs and cats, much less their kids. So we’ve pulled together a list of the products that Remedy uses most often, and will discuss in more detail how the products work and what, if any, risks they pose to those we love and care for.
Safety is a huge homeowner priority
The majority of homeowners who choose Remedy actively seek a company that can offer safer products. If this is one of your concerns – don’t worry, you’re not alone (and you’ve found the right place to learn more)!
Thankfully, over the many years that pest control services have been around, the products used by pest management professionals have rapidly evolved. The days of spraying the strongest available product in the highest quantities are mostly a part of the past (although there are a few old dogs left that refuse to learn new tricks). In fact, most modern pest control companies have become focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods and best practices for pest treatment and prevention.
IPM encourages a different approach than the old-school pesticide companies employed a generation ago. The whole philosophy behind IPM is to use pesticides as a last resort (after pursuing monitoring and exclusion options), and even then, to use them in minimal effective quantities.
OK, so what products does Remedy use?
Remedy’s two primary general pest control products are Alpine WSG and Fendona CS, both manufactured by BASF. As a best practice, we apply Alpine in the interior of the home using a B & G Tank Sprayer, and Fendona (using a Milwaukee Backpack Sprayer) on the exterior. Fendona’s chemical structure allows it to last longer and resist breakdown due to the outside elements through a manufacturing process called “micro-encapsulation”. On the other hand, the “WSG” in Alpine WSG means “water soluble granule,” means that it mixes well with water and would therefore perform better in areas where it won’t be affected by rain, like the inside of most homes.