Pesticide myth #2 for me lies in the perception that effective pest control requires that pesticides should blanket or be applied everywhere possible. This may be necessary in extreme cases (fumigation, termites), but not necessarily to be the norm.
I would often meet customers who had these expectations, and I would always do my best to meet these expectations as long as they were legal. Some people will always feel like “the more, the better.”
The development of new chemical technologies, and our increased understanding of pest biology/sociology has equipped the up-to-date Pest Control Technician with more ‘effective’ ways to get rid of pest problems. It is a matter of how you would define ‘effective’ pest control. Effectiveness should not only measure the ability to control the pest; but should also take into consideration how people and the environment may be affected. Effectiveness = Efficiency.
Professional Technicians have/should become proficient of the latest technologies. A proficient Pest Control Technician has the ability to get rid of your pest problems using only the amount of chemical needed, and will apply the chemical in places that takes advantage of known pest patterns and is out of harms way for unsuspecting pets and people alike.