How Knowing The Difference Between Soft And Hard Pesticides Helps You Protect The Environment

By knowing the distance between soft and hard pesticides, you can help get a better understanding about what your pest control expert is using and which pesticide is safest. We have listed below some of the most commonly used pesticides in Brisbane.

Natural Pyrethins
(soft pesticide)
Extracted from the chrysanthemum daisy, natural pyrethins have been used as keeping insects away from crops for ages. They are biodegradable, especially in sunlight, thus being environmental friendly. Their toxicity to humans is rather low, therefore these pesticides can be used in food processing plants or other environments where food is handled. The AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service) approved these soft pesticides in meat export and seafood facilities. When used according to the instructions on the label, these products are safe.


Synthetic pyrethins

(soft pesticide)

These substances replicate the molecular structure of natural pyrethins. They can have a very low to medium-term stability, thus leaving no trace behind. If used according to the instructions, they are safe for humans, as their toxicity to humans is at an acceptable level. Some of them are used for household insecticide purposes.



(hard pesticide)

This pesticide has a longer stability. It is used in residual control purposes in households. It is effective on short to medium-term. Unfortunately, the toxicity to humans is a bit higher than in case of soft pesticides. Yet, it is still safe, if used according to the instructions. Some of these pesticides are inhalation poisons and they are often used as spray against household pests.



(hard pesticide)

These insecticides were very popular some time ago. However, due to concerns regarding the possible effects on the environment, their use has decreased a lot lately. They have moderate to high toxicity to humans and they are very persistent in time, thus having a negative impact on the environment.

The above being said, below are 10 ways to protect your home from everyday pests:

10 ways to protect your home from pests such as insects, mice and rats:

  1. Queensland CockroachInstall screens at all windows, vents and doors in order to prevent pests from breaking in.
  2. All doors should have proper seals all around them.
  3. Search for and seal any gaps and cracks in the floors. Use a good sealer, in order to make sure you did a good job.
  4. Clean roof guttering periodically. If there’s debris that decomposes there, it will attract and support cockroaches and ants.
  5. Keep your household clean. Do all your dishes as soon as you finished using them. A cockroach can feed on a greasy fingerprint for about two weeks, so you can imagine what a feast dirty dishes are for them.
  6. Store all foods in your refrigerator, sealed bags or air-tight containers.
  7. Clean your kitchen thoroughly after you cook. Pay special attention to all surfaces that got in contact with food and clean all residues immediately.
  8. Vacuum your floors frequently. This action removes crumbs and debris from the floors, but also removes insect eggs and reduces the numbers of the insects themselves.
  9. Don’t ignore dripping taps and fix any leaking pipe you discover. Insects need water to survive, so you should make their life harder by cutting their access to such sources.
  10. Throw away old newspapers and cardboard boxes. Insects love to make their home inside such things, so you should prevent this from occurring by removing all paper items you don’t need anymore.

These 10 tips are useful and they do give results. However, cockroaches have been close friends to humans since millions of years, proving themselves very hard to extinct. If they insist on living with you, just give us a call. The Rapid Pest Control team is ready to get you rid of pests in your household.

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