Pests can be seen as falling into two important categories. The first is of those who are referred to as inside pests. The second is of those who are known as outdoors pests. The pests in question, incidentally, are organisms that cause harm in some way. With the human being as the subject, we see some of the pests being people who directly injure him (think of the likes of lice) and those who injure the human being’s interests, and thus inflict harm on their . In the latter case, we’re 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’re also taking a look at the likes of rodents, which mess up with the human being’s belongings by, for example, maliciously gnawing on them. And being an undesirable organism, it needs to be gotten rid of, that is what pest control is all about.
When we are taking a look at outdoors-pest-control, we tend to have two approaches that we can deploy: the mechanical strategy and the compound strategy. Our focus for this discussion is on chemical control for outdoors pests, where we’re interested in exploring the pros and cons of it.
Starting with the pros, we see the use of chemicals for outdoor-pest-control being among the most effective methods for getting rid of such pests. Simply put, these chemicals tend to be designed to wipe out the pests in question- as long as the perfect type of compound is used for the right type of pest. You may never get to know how much of a’expert’ this is, until you come to learn of the effectiveness questions that tend to arise with regard to some of the other outdoor pest control strategies.
Further still, we see the use of chemicals for outdoor-pest management being a rather cost-effective approach to pest control. The compounds employed for the purpose may not be very cheap, but they tend to bring about lasting solutions to the specific pest problems, hence the cost-effectiveness associated with 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 considerations.
But there’s also a downside to chemical outdoor pest control.
For one, as alluded to during the exploration of the experts, the chemicals used in pest control tend to be quite costly. The approach may be cost-effective in the long run, but the first investment that has to be made in it is considerable.
Then there are the environmental factors. Most of these chemicals employed in outdoor pest control tend to be rather unfriendly to the environment, and that is an important thing to consider.
The chemicals used in this approach to outside pest control also often lack selectivity in their working strategy, meaning that in their effort to kill off pests, they also end up killing useful organisms.