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10 everyday services gone green

Dec. 12, 2011, 8:56 a.m.
Yellow jackets nest

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Pest control

Nobody wants creepy crawlies in their house, but the chemicals used to ward them off may also end up harming you and your pets, not to mention beneficial wildlife and ecosystems. Good news: companies that use nontoxic pesticides and barrier methods (often called integrated pest management) are springing up across the country. To find nearby green home pest-control services, do your own search or check out Beyond Pesticides’ 40-state directory. Also, consider one of the large chains. Ehrlich operates in 14 eastern states, Home Paramount Pest Control serves customers in eight eastern states, and Alpha Ecological has locations in six western states.