At the De Heihorsten holiday park in Someren, which opened last year, many people were bothered by mosquitoes. “Of course we had to do something about that, but we didn’t want to work with environmentally unfriendly poison,” Ted Tromp of the local owners’ association tells EditieNL. “The hope and suspicion is now there that we have found a suitable solution.”
The appropriate solution he talks about are the 1200 fish that have been released into the water at the holiday park. An ideal solution, Dorien de Vrieze knows from Traas Pest Control. “The mosquitoes lay their eggs in the water and the fish eat them. That way you tackle the problem at the germ,” she explains.
The pest control company will soon also be installing bat boxes at the holiday park. “Because bats are very good mosquito catchers. We give them a place where they can live, and they can hunt mosquitoes at night,” says De Vrieze.
She notices that she and her colleagues are increasingly being hired to combat pests in a nature-friendly way. “Poison is increasingly not-done.”
Mariken Schenkeveld also notices this. For her own company, she is engaged in the search for natural solutions to combat pests. “I always supply a natural enemy and that is not harmful at all, such as poison,” she tells EditieNL. “This fight is definitely getting more popular.”
For example, you can combat aphids by adding ladybugs, Schenkeveld gives as an example. Nematodes can also be used to combat slugs and beetles.
“Another example is the parasitic wasp. We can place its eggs near whiteflies. Then the wasp larvae can eat them. There are plenty of environmentally friendly options against insect pests.”