When most of us hear the term ‘pest control’ what immediately comes to our minds is the image of someone with a sprayer on their back, or a light aircraft hovering over an extensive farm, trying to combat pests. In both cases, of course, it is the chemicals that are sprayed that will eventually get rid of the pests in question. In other words, for most of us, pest-control has come to be equated to ‘use of chemicals.’ Perhaps this is something caused by the informational campaigns done by the makers of the various pest control chemicals. Perhaps it is something to do with what we learn, regarding pest-control, from our educational systems. But whatever its source, the end result is some sort of ‘hype:’ where chemicals come to be viewed as the only solutions to the pest problem. Whether the pests troubling you happen to be cockroaches in your kitchen, rats in your store-room, bedbugs in your bedroom or aphids on your garden, the solution is simply to get the right chemical – and they’ll soon be history; you are told exterminator.
Now there is no denying that the chemical approach to pest control is a highly effective one: sometimes with a 100% success rate. There is also no denying that it is a highly efficient one. And there is no denying that in some cases, it can be the only viable pest-control mechanism: like where the pest infestation problem is a very big one, or where the problem is relatively modest, but the area on which pest control is necessary too huge.