Insecticides vs. Disinfectants vs. Pesticides

Do you ever find yourself at a crossroads, unable to tell which bottle to pick when you want to eliminate pests? Insecticides, disinfectants, and pesticides are all meant to eliminate germs and unwanted creepy crawlers. If you are looking for a reliable pest control solution, you are probably asking: What’s the difference between the three?  Where do you apply each one?

To answer your questions, here’s a closer look:

What are Pests?

What comes to mind first when you think of pests? Bet you think of ticks, mice, roaches, and other smaller insects. Pests are defined as parasites - anything destructive to food, humans, livestock, crops, and so on.

There are tiny, microscopic pests and larger visible pests all present in the spaces you work and live in. Bacteria and fungi are the tiny pests that aren’t visible to the human eye. These are just as dangerous to human health as roaches, ants, mice, and other larger pests you see inside homes and businesses.

The general term many use to refer to the counteractive measures designed to sanitize your home or workspace is pesticide. However, there’s a massive difference between the following three:

 Insecticides, Disinfectant, and Pesticides - Definition and Application

Insecticides, disinfectants, and pesticides appear the same to many, possibly because they are all fashioned to kill, ward off, and eliminate pests.

Insecticide refers to a powder, spray, or solution designed to kill insects. Insecticide is what most people use to kill mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, ants, and other smaller-sized pests commonly found in kitchens, residential spaces, and commercial spaces.

Disinfectant is mainly used to keep invisible germs from thriving, multiplying, or spreading. Also known as germicide or antiseptic, people use disinfectants to sanitize their hands after visiting the washroom. In many households, disinfectant is added to the laundry machine to kill germs in fabrics. Adding some disinfectant to a bucket of water before cleaning or mopping floors/walls can help kill germs, too.

Pesticides, on the other hand, are fluids that  exterminators spray on surfaces to either repel or kill a wide range of pests. Big or small, visible or invisible, pesticides are your ultimate solution to living in a pest-free space. Pesticides are powerful enough to poison and kill rodents, insects, fungi, nematodes, slugs, weeds, and so on.

Adverse Effects Pests Pose to your Health

Pests shed skin and leave their urine and fecal matter everywhere. This leads to the accumulation of dirt and impurities, all capable of contaminating your space. Because of this, people start having asthma flare-ups, respiratory issues, skin rashes, allergies, and suffer with other illnesses. Constant exposure may leave one with severe health complications.

Most property owners are more worried about the structural damage pests can cause. But what about the many health issues that often result from pest infestation? Failure to procure professional services for pest control in Winnipeg means that you’ll never completely get rid of these unwanted guests. This puts you and others at risk of suffering severe health issues. But why wait until you have an infestation? Say no to pests today by talking to Gilles Lambert Pest Control exterminators. 

By Clint Rosevear on March 23, 2020
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