The APVMA approved GREENZONE® product has demonstrated excellent results as not only a termite repellent, but also as a repellent barrier against ants and cockroaches and marks a definite step in the right direction by way of reducing pesticides and chemical emissions in the environment.
What are pesticides?
Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill or harm pests. They include insecticides for insect control, herbicides for weed control, fungicides for mould control and rodenticides for rodent control.
Household pests can include insects such as flies, cockroaches and ants or rodents such as mice or rats.
Pesticides for use in the home or garden can be obtained very easily from grocery or hardware stores however that does not mean that they are harmless. Pesticides are highly toxic and if used carelessly, can affect the health of the user, their family, pets and the environment.
The environmental impact of pesticides
Pesticides can certainly be fast acting. Some pesticides can knock down the pest and then molecularly break down quickly thereafter. But some pesticides, such as surface sprays, can linger in the environment for days, weeks or even longer after application.
While most pesticides are designed to only affect the target pest, other insects or animals can sometimes be harmed. As an example, a bird may be poisoned after eating a spider who was killed by insecticide. It is very important therefore to only use pesticides that are designed for the pest that you wish to treat. Follow label directions carefully, use the least amount possible and store it very carefully.
Pesticides on the whole can cause great damage to the environment. They can travel great distances if they are sprayed on crops or in gardens and the wind takes them elsewhere. They can also flow with rain water into nearby streams or seep through the soil into ground water. Some pesticides can remain in the environment for years and pass from one organism to another.
The GREENZONE® impact
GREENZONE® has registered excellent results acting as a repellent barrier against ants and cockroaches which Chairman Paul Commerford says really is a step in the right direction in terms of looking to the future and reducing emissions caused by regular spraying.
When the GREENZONE® Termite & Insect repellent barrier is applied on doors and windows in residential homes and high rise buildings, the need to spray pesticides simply isn’t there.
Mr Commerford says he is ‘expecting pest managers, building managers and developers to find ways to utilise GREENZONE® as a preventative tool in general pest management.’
If the installation of GREENZONE® prior to construction just isn’t possible (you’re not building or renovating!), it is important to look for ways to make your house and garden unattractive to pests without going down the pesticide road.
Some ideas to keep in mind –
- Don’t put food scraps in the garden for birds or possums.
- If you have issues with cockroaches remove any sources of water around the home such as in the base of the shower, in sinks or in dishes left in the kitchen. Don’t leave food scraps on benches and keep rubbish tightly contained in a bin with a lid.
- To get rid of ant infestations you must remember to store food in airtight containers, clear up food and liquid spills immediately and try and block off entry points for ants by sealing cracks and crevices around doors and window frames.
If you are considering a new build, renovation or extension to your existing home there is no better time to consider your options in terms of pest control and repellent barriers.
The team at GREENZONE® will be able to offer guidance on the GREENZONE® product and assist you with finding an accredited GREENZONE® installer.
Go to www.greenzonebarrier.com for details.