Pros and Cons of using chemicals for pest control

Pests can be seen as falling into two important categories. The first is of those that are referred to as indoors pests. The next is of those that are referred to as outdoors pests. The pests in question, by the way, are all organisms that cause harm in some way. With the human being as the subject, we see a few of the pests being people who directly injure him (think of the likes of lice) as well as those that injure the human being’s interests, and thus inflict harm on their indirectly. In the latter case, we are looking at the likes of ticks, which injure the human being’s livestock, undermining its productivity, and thus messing with the human being’s interests. We are also taking a look at the likes of rodents, which mess up with the human being’s possessions by, for instance, maliciously gnawing on them.

When we are taking a look at outdoors-pest-control, we tend to have two strategies that we may deploy: the mechanical strategy and the compound strategy. Our focus for this discussion is on chemical control for outside pests, where we are interested in exploring the pros and cons of it.

Starting with the experts, we see the use of substances for outdoor-pest-control being one of the most effective methods for getting rid of such pests. To put it simply, these chemicals are normally designed to wipe out the pests in question- as long as the right type of chemical is used for the perfect type of pest. You might never have to know how much of a’expert’ that is, until you come to learn of the effectiveness questions that tend to arise with regard to a number of the other outdoor pest control strategies.

Further still, we see the use of substances for outdoor-pest control being a somewhat cost-effective approach to pest control. The chemicals employed for the purpose might not be very affordable, but they have a tendency to bring about lasting solutions to the particular pest problems, thus the cost-effectiveness related to them.

Chemical outdoor pest control tends to be easier – less labour intensive and less time consuming as compared to attempts at mechanical control for outside pests. These too, are rather important factors.

But there is also a downside to chemical outdoor pest control.

For one, as alluded to throughout the exploration of the pros, the compounds used in pest control tend to be rather costly. The approach may be cost-effective in the long term, but the initial investment which has to be made in it’s considerable.

Then there are the environmental factors. Most of these chemicals employed in outdoor pest control are normally quite unfriendly to the environment, and that’s an important thing to think about.

The chemicals used in this approach to outdoor pest control also often lack selectivity in their functioning strategy, meaning that in their effort to eliminate pests, they also wind up killing useful organisms.