When you can no longer ignore the need to act against an annoying, disease carrying, even dangerous pest, it can be confusing as to which pesticide you should use. What chemical or substance should you use to take the fight to the pests in your life? This is no more so apparent as of late, where more and more people are thinking of taking the green option for their pest control needs. Should you use natural or synthetic pesticides and before you shake your head and give up, don’t worry, you are not the only person confused as to if one is better and safer than the other.
Natural or “green” pest control companies apply and use resources for their “best pest control practices” that are touted as being much friendlier to the environment. These companies will set about any pest control program using chemicals that have a lower toxicity rating than those pest control applications you can find in the store, or used by mainstream pest control experts. Getting rid of unwanted insects and rodents can often see the need for toxic chemicals, but companies can use products of varying toxicities in order to end pest problems.
Why is professional pest control so expensive? It’s a good question — and one that’s bound to be asked real loud — and repeatedly — when finally confronted with the cost of keeping unwanted pests from our homes and property. As, and let’s be honest here, you can go to the store and buy any amount of different chemicals and solutions that are relatively cheap and plentiful. You can spray, hose and wash down your house, garage, yard, and car to your hearts content. Get those pests gone. Claim back what is rightfully yours, your home, your space, your yard and garage.
The question is: Will insecticidal soap kill caterpillars? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Commercial grade, homemade-dish-detergent grade, in fact any kind of soap used on a caterpillar will not kill it. They are immune to soap spray. Sure, they will probably stop chewing on whichever plant you sprayed it on for a while, but they’re not going to die.