Organic Pest Control is Here!!!

Our Organic Green Thumb Program Helps –

  • Families concerned about the use of traditional pesticides around children and pets.
  • Businesses that have regulatory requirements that mandate organic pest control.
  • Institutions and educational centers requiring IPM based pest control using reduced-risk and minimum- risk pesticide labels or organic treatment.
Hearts Service Professionals are EcoWise certified for organic applications..

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EcoWise Certification – Organic Pest Control Service from Certified Professionals

Over the counter “Green” products are not enough!

Hearts Pest Management’s Organic and IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Pest Control Service is the only one, currently in southern California, that puts ecology first! EcoWise Certified sets the “I.P.M.” standard!

Sierra Club Green HomeThe goal of Integrated Pest Management is to reduce or eliminate pesticide usage by creating a customer-centric pest control service, largely organic, devoted to smart environmental stewardship and customer safeguards.

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Hearts is the only place you’ll find an EcoWise Certified company in southern California!

Now administered by the Bio-Integral Resource Center, an environmental organization with a very long California tradition – and still backed by California county government.

Renee is happy with our GreenThumb program!

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Been using Hearts for 3 years. Prior to that I had a horrible ant and spider problem which I couldn’t get under control.

The office and guys who service are very reliable and friendly. I have a dog so I have them use nontoxic materials. I highly recommend Hearts.

Renee W.

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EcoWise Certified provides better support than ever to certified companies endeavoring to keep pace with the best available green pest control solutions

Our Green Thumb Service

Qualified, certified, professionals that communicate well is essential to keeping pests from entering your home or business.

Clients enrolled for our Green Thumb pest control service follow Integrated Pest Management specific guidelines that point out non-chemical methods to reduce pest infestations:

An IPM inspector may suggest that a customer modify landscape or alter sanitation methods. Quick and easy solutions may be to move trash cans out of a garage, or to relocate a pest infested flower pot. Other examples include vine placement and irrigation schedules that contribute to pest infestation.

Carefully selected reduced-risk non-organic product labels are admitted to our program only upon customer approval and when pre-certified by EcoWise.

Green Thumb Pricing is modest and is based on the size of your property and frequency of service.

Many of our “Green” customers opt for our monthly service during spring and summer, then switch to our winter bi-monthly service come October. We believe you will enjoy the peace of mind this organic program can provide.

We are constantly updating the list of products used within this program.

We have enlisted EcoSmart, which has provided patented botanical pesticides
with the following properties:

  1. Unique Mode-of-Action
  2. Meets stringent requirements for sensitive accounts
  3. Extremely Effective Against a Broad Spectrum of Insects
  4. Biological pest control or “bio-based” pest control

1. Unique Mode-of-Action

Please view the EcoSmart website to review and evaluate claims regarding unique mode of action.

2. Meets stringent requirements for sensitive accounts

We would like to share this information with you. Due to regulatory requirements, pest control companies can not make statements regarding the relative safety of one product verses another. We recommend that you review labels for the sites of organic manufacturers, such as EcoSmart.

3. Extremely Effective Against a Broad Spectrum of Insects

Provides quick knockdown and control of a wide variety of indoor and outdoor insect pests.

Unlike botanicals in the past, our current portfolio now provides significantly improved residual protection, comparable to conventional pesticides. There is no known pest resistance to these botanical active ingredients.

Pyrethrum and Diatomaeous Earth

Tip: Have you ever wondered what is the difference between “pyrethrum,” “pyrethrins” and “pyrethroids?”

 

Pyrethrins and pyrethum both refer to the naturally occurring compounds, which are derived from the extract of a chrysanthemum-like flower. Pyrethrum is a general term for the plant and more specifically the flower. Pyrethrins is a term that refers to six distinct insecticidal compounds extracted from the pyrethrum flower.

 

Pyrethroids refer to synthetic, man-made compounds with chemical structures similar to pyrethins. Pyrethroid is a genral term for chemicals developed using a pyrethrin molecular base. Pyrethroids have other characteristics significantly different from pyrethrins and since they are synthetic, pyrethroids are not allowed for use in organic production.

Tip: What is Diatomaceous Earth (DE)?

 

DE is mined in the American West. It was formed from trillions of microscopic one-celled algae called diatoms, which weave tiny shells for themselves out of the silica they extract from water.

 

As the diatoms die, these shells settle in deposits at the bottom of ancient lakes and lagoons. When the lakes dry up and the seas recede, the deposits are fossilized and compressed into a soft, chalky rock called Diatomaceous earth.

After it is quarried, milled, finely ground and passed through a screen, it feels and looks like flour and can safely be fed to animals, or used as a dust or spray.

DE particles are characterized by their very irregular shapes, generally spiny structure and pitted surface area. They average only 5-20 microns. They contain 33% silica, plus sodium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, and other trace minerals.

DE can be applied as a dust barrier to crawling pests or dusted on to foliage for the control of soft-bodied insects, such as ants, roaches and silverfish, earwigs, snails, slugs, fruit flies and fleas. This is not an exhaustive list.

Beware, there is a huge difference between food-grade vs. pool-grade DE. Pool-grade DE is only for use in pools!

Hearts is constantly reviewing new organic labeled merchandise, to provide the latest and most innovative solutions for pest problems. As they become available and are tested by our technicians, we make the best products available to you.

Sensitivity to Pesticides

We have found varying levels of tolerance among “Green Thumb” clients for pesticide treatments. Some are more sensitive to pesticides outside the home where their children play, whereas others are more sensitive to products used inside the house, where children reside.

We have a variety of baits available that are not organic. Only when explicitly requested, we will use these products, which we find very effective and pose no risk to the lungs, since they are not airborne and therefore are not harmful to the respiratory system.

4. Biological pest control or “bio-based” pest control

Hearts has introduced a new product line under our organic program that is “25B Exempt” from federal regulation. This product is a fully organic substance that is not considered a pesticide. This is a bio-based pest control wash with unique biological action to supplement gentle organic oils such as Thyme and Lemongrass. Not only is the product the best state-of-the-art for enlightened customers, but it is very effective as well.

 

Green Cleaning

If you like green certified pest control, this service is complemented well with our supplemental cleaning service:

Learn More About “Safe Pest Control”

If you are interested in organic pest control or are attracted to a green pest control company, you may be interested in the discussion of “Safe Pest Control”

Pest Control Product Labels and MSDS Pest Control Product Ingredient List

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