Choosing Effective Pest Control Methods
A pest control technician may be called an exterminator, as well. However, exterminators go directly to businesses and customer houses to inspect for rodents or insects. Pest exterminators then utilize the right method to either get rid of the pest entirely, whether that be an insecticide, trap, or some other method. This is one-way pest control differs from termite control. While termites are exterminated through a termite treatment, pest extermination occurs with the use of heat, chemicals, or poison.
There are many benefits to doing it yourself rather than calling in a professional. First, you can save money on the initial clean up and repairs if you’re working on your own, rather than hiring someone else to do it for you. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about dealing with a pesky problem like termites while the repairs and cleaning are going on. This can be extremely annoying, especially when it’s causing damage to your property.
There are three main pest control methods that you should know about, including sprays, traps, and crop rotation. Sprays are commonly used to keep mice and rats out of an area. There are two kinds: chemical and biological.
With spray pest control, a toxic compound is used that either seizes the mice or rats that are in the targeted area or kills them outright. The active ingredient is usually an insecticide. An integrated pest management (IPM) approach uses baits, which are created in an environment to attract only those beneficial insects that will help with controlling mice and rats. The goal is to make the plant where the bait is located more conducive for those beneficial organisms than the area where the bait is located, making the mice and rats move elsewhere.
You can choose from many different brands of bait, including pellet foods, cracker treats, and granules. Some people even use bait for pest control by hand. Just set a trap for mice or rats around the perimeter of your house and throw the bait near the trap, and wait. Some of these baits may have a delayed lethal effect, meaning that the mouse will die a few days after ingesting the bait. Others will kill the animal instantly once it bites into the bait.
Chemical pesticides are widely used for killing pests, particularly by pest control workers. However, the downside is that the chemicals can cause skin irritation and can also have negative long-term effects on humans who come in contact with them. Some of these pesticides include using toxic fumigants, which can also affect children and pets, as well as, in some cases, cause cancer.
One way to reduce the impact of insecticides is to prevent their entry into the home. Common entry points of insects include around sinks, under carpeting, and behind walls. Some insects are killed instantly by shock treatment of insecticides, while others, such as fire ants, maybe killed by fogging or freezing the home. Some companies also use chemicals to control pests such as carpenter ants, which can build the structures of houses, eat kitchen scraps, and carry disease.
It’s also important to note that certain pest control methods may not be effective for termites and ants alone. The presence of termites and ants often indicates structural damage to a property, which should be assessed by a licensed contractor. Structural damage can include damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and other framing materials. Carpet beetles are also capable of causing structural damage and can eat up paper products, wood, and fabric in homes.
Many people rely on sprays and bait, but these methods may prove ineffective. While these sprays and baits can control certain rodents and insects, they may not keep mice or rats out of the garden. For this reason, it’s important to purchase and store rodent and insecticide designed for use specifically for the type of pest you’re attempting to manage. For example, snake shot fumigation is recommended for black bear, but may not be recommended for groundhogs or raccoons. In addition, many pest control sprays and powder products contain substances that will only be effective against one type of pest and will generally have a limited effect on others. For this reason, it’s important to carefully read the instructions and label on pest control products before using them to apply to a property.
In addition, when using chemicals, homeowners should know that household pesticides may pose risks to pets and children. Common household pesticides may include insecticides and fertilizers that are absorbed through the skin and may cause long-term health problems if they are used repeatedly. As well, many of the chemicals commonly used in pest control are considered “probable” human carcinogens, because they act like hormones on the human body. If you or a member of your household is at risk for health complications from using household chemicals, you may want to consult a licensed pest control operator to determine whether or not these chemicals are appropriate for your home. Pest operators also offer advice on how to effectively control a pest problem, which can help avoid future issues with these pests.
Finally, when it comes to controlling mosquitoes, there are several different options. Some homeowners prefer to use natural repellents, including plant oils, fruits, and vegetables. Others opt for mechanical devices such as foggers and traps, which attempt to capture adult mosquitoes and prevent them from laying eggs. Still, others may opt to utilize crop rotation, which means that each crop is infected with the exact same number of mosquitoes, in order to prevent the spread of the disease.