Sustainability: the top value of the pest management service sector and ‘innovation for health’ path
Sustainability and pest management service companies
One aspect of sustainability refers to the use of chemicals that harm human health and the environment. The European Commission expressed a commitment to continue to ensure a high level of protection for both human health and the environment. CEPA has as well some solutions. With IPM, the need for the use of biocides (chemicals) is reduced to a minimum and in some cases not necessary altogether. Please see further details below. CEPA will raise such awareness at the EU level in the coming months.
Shared between many of the CEPA national association members, the sustainability provided by pest management is, first of all, a matter of prevention:
The British Pest Control Association (BPCA), a CEPA National Association member has explained this as follows:
“Green pest control might range from a firm claiming to spray fewer (chemical substances known as ‘biocides’) to one that will use every possible alternative to chemicals including heating, freezing, and deep cleaning. The difference between these approaches is the point at which chemicals are used. At one end of the spectrum, chemicals are used at an early stage, at the other, they are the very last port of call.” Source: BPCA website
ANECPLA’s Director General, Milagros Fernandez de Lezeta explains in a similar note:
“There are many services that are being carried out today that do not imply the exclusive use of chemical products. It is, for example, the light traps for the capture of flying insects; treatments with cold or heat; And a long etcetera. In fact, the professionals of the sector always tend, first of all, to control the biological cycle of the species and not to use chemical products if this is not strictly necessary. This, in addition to ensuring adequate health measures, guarantees a satisfactory result in the longer term.” Source: 22 June 2016, Revista Limpiezas