Pest control is the process of regulating pests which act as a nuisance in many homesteads. Pests are any kind of unwanted animals, insects, plants, germs or organisms that interfere with our day to day lives and activities. Damage to property, biting humans as well as destroying food crops are just a few examples of how pests interfere with our daily lives and comfort. One should acquire as much knowledge as possible about the pest and its habitat in order to be able to control them effectively. For one to formulate effective strategies for pest control, they need to identify the pest as well as its lifestyle. All the pest control measures that people take are grouped into mechanical, biological, physical as well as chemical methods.
When one uses other organisms in order to eradicate pests, they are implementing biological pest control measures. These organisms include mites and insects. What makes biological pest control methods effective is natural mechanism and human antics. In order for it to work, one is required to introduce the organism in the pests’ natural habitat. Once the released organism breeds and survives in the natural habitat of the pest, then a long-term pest control solution is arrived at. Introducing a certain strain of bacteria in mosquito breeding ground is a good example of this method. In doing so, the bacteria is able to infect the breeding ground and kill any mosquito larvae that is commonly found in local water sources.
Hands-on techniques and use of various devices or equipment is what is implemented when it comes to mechanical control. The devices that one uses puts up a barrier between the insects and pests. One of the ways one can use mechanical pest control measures to get rid of pests is by crop rotation. Since pests tend to feed on host plants, crop rotation helps to get rid of the plants thereby getting rid of the pests as well. Pests such as mice and rats are better controlled by using things such as baits and traps. Placing poisonous food particles on traps as bait once you get them will help to lure the mice off their habitat. This helps to trap the mice or rats after which one can discard them.
Use of pesticides and insecticides is another way to help control pests in your home. Wearing the right safety gear when handling chemicals such as pesticides is important. This helps prevent getting into contact with the chemicals which might be dangerous for one’s health. When dealing with large numbers of pests, one should result to using pesticides.
Trying to get rid of pests in your home is a dangerous endeavor to take on your own. Getting into contact with a professional exterminator is advisable when dealing with pests.