The first choice Safeguard made was to stress the use of prevention and exclusion for pest control.
When we choose to use a pesticide we choose to use only very low toxicity control materials that state in their EPA registered labels that they are not carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens. This mean that after extensive testing, sometimes costing upwards of $20 million, some large chemical company swears that they have tons of data that these materials do not cause cancer, cell mutations, or changes to your endocrine system. Typically, their stated acute toxicity places them as being between 8 and 60 times less toxic than the caffeine in your favorite cup of coffee. (Also note, that there are 19 known carcinogens in coffee, coffee causes systemic inflammation, may inhibit the absorption of vitamins, and since it is not grown in the US, it most likely contains pesticides.)
We have chosen to use food quality, fresh water diatomaceous earth, a dust that kills insects by absorbing their exterior waxy coating, when it would be effective, and safest to use. We use this dust in attics and sub areas to control ants and wasps, we use it under baseboards to control carpet beetles and bed bugs, and in cracks and crevices in kitchens and bathrooms for food pests and other insects.
We use these 'natural' liquid pesticides as well:
There are some choices you need to make about pesticides as well:
Many natural substances are incredibly toxic, including cyanide, arsenic, and botulism. While many synthetic materials are actually healthy, including many vitamins, supplements, and aspirin.
The biggest drawbacks to the 'natural' materials are
They smell. A lot. Your home will smell like perfume. If you have asthmatic or allergic reactions to strong odors or flowers - proceed with caution.
They cost a lot more. Not just because the chemical is more expensive - but because they do not kill as well, leading to more applications. It is not uncommon to need to treat a yellow jacket nest 2 or 3 times to achieve control.
They also do not stay active for very long - so if you are dealing with a pest that re-infests, like ants or spiders, you are going to need more applications more often, think monthly, and in some instances, every other week.
Also, you should know that using the current guidelines for 'Organic', most of the synthetic pesticide formulations, when properly mixed, are 99.67% tap water, as applied, and qualify as organic, as the term 'organic' stipulates only 95% organic ingredients. Furthermore, 'organic' does not prohibit the use of 'natural' pesticides.
Many 'natural' pesticides, include a naturally, or synthetically produced - equivalent main ingredient, with no rating or claims about the other ingredients, with no way to be able to ascertain that they do not contain synthetic additives or that 'natural' ingredients in the pesticide were grown without the use of synthetic chemicals.
And finally, we make use of an 'all natural' brand of cedar oil for controlling bed bugs. It kills bed bugs instantly. Instantly. The synthetics take hours, if not days to kill an individual bed bug. Why does it kill so fast? Because it contains natural 'Volatile Organic Compounds' or VOCs We use this material sparingly, and only on populations of live bed bugs - because it is, by far, the most toxic substance we use. The worst part, it only actively controls bed bugs for a day or two.
Consider also that many natural foods contains natural pesticides and carcinogens, in fact, half of all natural chemicals are carcinogens. More, the average person ingests 10,000 times more of these natural pesticides / carcinogens, than synthetic ones - every day.
Pest prevention and exclusion, are green. Beyond that, we are willing to work with you, in any way you feel comfortable, to achieve the level of green that works for you.