Are you tired of rodents and insects invading your space? You are not alone. Most homes provide the perfect place to camp with lots of shelter, food and water. When you have an issue with pests, it’s important to recognize what is harmful and what is beneficial. Dealing with them is another issue.
There is a variety of annoying creatures that can negatively impact people, plants and animals. Some of the most common pests include rats, mice, termites, and flies. Other pests include ticks, mites, birds, bedbugs, fleas, and cockroaches. Similarly, you may experience flying pests like bees, moths, or pigeons. Other larger creatures include squirrels, foxes, bats, or snakes.
Your list may include other unwanted crawlers, creepers and fliers, and they should be kept far away from our homes and businesses. Besides eating our plants and infesting our buildings, some carry diseases, parasites and harmful bacteria. We must protect our food supply, our domestic pets, and, of course, ourselves.
What type of actions are you looking for? Do you want them killed or relocated? How you deal with your pests will dictate the method used. Let’s go over the specific tools of the pest trade and understand how these methods are used. Here are the types of pest control available.
Pest Control Type #1: Extermination
There is some pest that you can’t simply trap and relocate. These little invaders gather in droves and take over your indoor and outdoor spaces, causing damage over time. They also become an infestation quickly. These include earwigs, cockroaches, ants and other crawling pests. Extermination involves small traps and spray but may also include fumigation of rooms and entire buildings. They work fast and are very effective but can leave chemical residue behind. Green sprays are less toxic on the market but still get the job done.
Pest Control Type #2: Removal
For pests that are bigger than insects like snakes, raccoons and opossums, sprays won’t get the job done. And if they do, you are left with a rotting carcass that will smell bad. It is much better to catch these critters and remove them from your dwelling.
Pest control experts can come to your place, and depending on the animal, they will snare them or set up traps to catch them. It may take several visits to completely remove all the critters as some setup residence and have babies that they fiercely protect. With the right trap and bait, they will be removed, though.
Pest Control Type #3: Prevention
If you are concerned about a pest problem or recently had one resolved, you need to ensure they don’t appear again. The best method is to have regular treatments of products that repel pests and close up any access points where they get in. Be vigilant and regularly inspect your home for weak points.
Pest Control Type #4: Traps
Traps are the best option for catching larger rodents and critters because you can’t easily grab them with your hand and don’t want to get bit either. Rats, mice, raccoons and snakes are the perfect candidates for this popular method. While these traps are designed to lure and trap their prey, others will kill on contact. Bait is usually implemented as a way to lure the critter inside and when they are caught.
Pest Control Type #5: Biologicals
This type of pest control can be put into the soil to attract and deter pests. It has a very small impact on the environment but is still effective at controlling and restricting pest population growth.
Pest Control Type #6: Chemicals
If you need to eliminate the problem rather than keep it at bay and don’t mind using chemicals, there is a huge variety of pest control products on the market. Everything from sprays to liquids to solids with various toxic chemicals can effectively kill off most pest infestations. You should take caution when using these as they can harm humans, pets, and other living organisms like plants and beneficial insects around the garden.
Pest Control Type #7: Electronics
Are you a fan of high-tech? Eliminating a pest problem can take you away from traps and chemicals to modern control and elimination methods. The most effective are ultrasonic and electromagnetic methods.
- Ultrasonic uses high-frequency sound waves in short lengths to negatively affect pests.
- Electromagnetic disturbs the nervous system of insects and rodents and keeps them far away.
Pest Control Type #8: DIY
There are some effective ways to repel pests using common ingredients around your home, and they are natural substances that are not harmful. Vinegar and garlic are used to deter pests because of their potent smell. Essential oils are also very good at keeping pests away. You can make a spray with these ingredients or use them separately as needed. Strong-scented bar soap can be grated down and spread by areas you want pests to steer clear of. Try different methods to see which work best for different pests.
Keeping unwanted pests away takes an ongoing effort. Use these various types of pest control for your problems or call a qualified company to effectively eliminate the issue. Then get back to enjoying all that life offers, pest-free.