Repellent VS Non-Repellent Solutions

Repellent vs non-repellent

Pest control involves understanding the biology of pests being treated. While both have their pros and cons, your pest controller will provide the treatment course most recommended. Mixing two treatment options is not recommended. DIY sprays purchased in stores are made up of a different chemicals and can have adverse effects to your treatment. Higher grade chemicals such as Termidor are generally non-repellent and highly recommended for termite and ant treatments. Reason is to kill the nest and the queen in both situations. German cockroach treatment recommendations are non-repellent solutions also to stop them breeding at such high rates. Both repellent and non-repellent chemicals are effective for different pests.

What is a repellent?

Pest management has replied on repellent insecticides for many years. Hence the active ingredients are now being found in common household pest products. This chemistry can have a rapid knock down of insect numbers and can flush out of a harbourage area. In the short term these applications can look like a successful treatment. As a quick knock down has limited effect on longevity it may require re-application.

What is a non-repellent?

Non-repellent insecticides are undetectable to the target pests. This allows insects to come into contact and interact with the treated surface or bait matrix. Therefore it will allow the insect to carry on with its natural behaviour, and in doing so, passes on the active ingredient to other members of insect colonies or populations. Furthermore the main benefit of these non-repellent options for professional pest operators is the ability to control larger insect numbers over longer periods due to a greater impact on the population. In the short term, as these non-repellents are taking effect, some pests can be present after the insecticide application as it slowly controls the population.