To spray or not to spray?
Marrying hospitality and sustainability is easier some days than others. Sometimes it is a matter of choosing one product over another. Or reading labels carefully. Or paying a little bit more for organic or local products. But then at other times, the decision is a bit harder, and opting for the sustainable solution can result in some loss of business.
Rajasthan’s monsoon season this year was longer and more intense than usual. Although, in normal years, the rainy season is one of the nicest times of year in Rajasthan – occasional cooling showers, cloudy skies, gorgeous weather – the heavier than usual rains and consequent heightened humidity this year made for a more-fecund-than-usual insect population. And, particular to this post, brown-grasshoppers-with-green-stripes. During a week and a half over July/August, insects swarmed around, led by these grasshoppers. And at the end of this period, as suddenly as they arrived, they were gone.
It seems to me that we are in a bit of a pickle: Either we hamper our guests’ experience, because not all visitors would appreciate acting with such restraint in terms of biological pest control. Or we turn away guests, because they won’t get the real Savista experience.
We simply cannot control the influx of grasshoppers flying over the haveli walls and into the courtyard. But we can limit the use of lights, which serves to attract fewer of our grasshopper friends. This is what we did this year: use of minimal electric lights in the rooms and open spaces and, in their place, plenty of oil-lit lamps and candles.
I defer to our readers- past and potential guests alike: should we accept natural fluxes and expect our guests to do so also? Or make an exception and use chemical pest sprays?
Here are links that expose the harms of conventional chemical pest sprays:
Inform yourselves! And share a guests perspective with the Team at Savista!