The Little-Hyped, Yet Highly Effective Pest Control Approaches Explored

When most of us hear the term ‘pest control’ what immediately comes to our minds is the image of someone with a sprayer on their back, or a light aircraft hovering over an extensive farm, trying to combat pests. In both cases, of course, it is the chemicals that are sprayed that will eventually get rid of the pests in question. In other words, for most of us, pest-control has come to be equated to ‘use of chemicals.’ Perhaps this is something caused by the informational campaigns done by the makers of the various pest control chemicals. Perhaps it is something to do with what we learn, regarding pest-control, from our educational systems. But whatever its source, the end result is some sort of ‘hype:’ where chemicals come to be viewed as the only solutions to the pest problem. Whether the pests troubling you happen to be cockroaches in your kitchen, rats in your store-room, bedbugs in your bedroom or aphids on your garden, the solution is simply to get the right chemical – and they’ll soon be history; you are told.

Now there is no denying that the chemical approach to pest control is a highly effective one: sometimes with a 100% success rate. There is also no denying that it is a highly efficient one. And there is no denying that in some cases, it can be the only viable pest-control mechanism: like where the pest infestation problem is a very big one, or where the problem is relatively modest, but the area on which pest control is necessary too huge.

Yet we must not let ourselves be boxed into equating pest-control with chemical use. Pest control is possible even without the use of chemicals in many cases. This is delighting information in a situation where some of the chemicals used in pest control do our environment no favors. As it turns out, there are many other little hyped, yet highly effective pest control methods, which (where suitable), can be used in place of chemicals.

One of the simplest, yet highly effective pest control approach is simply eliminating the pests’ breeding grounds. Most pests don’t invade en masse, but rather a couple (or so) come in, and then reproduce to end up with the very troublesome swarms that can only be eradicated chemically. If the breeding grounds can be identified early enough and destroyed, the pest problem would have been nipped in the bud, and the need for chemical intervention would never arise.
Another simple, yet often ignored approach to pest-control is trapping (like where the pests in question are the things like rats). Yet one need not use chemicals to combat these types of pests, when they could be just as easily -and probably more effectively – combated by trapping.

For the more troublesome insect pests like aphids, one of the least talked about yet highly effective pest-control approaches is that which is known as biological control. What happens here is that other organisms that can feed on the troubling pests (say aphids in this case) are introduced into the field where the pests are causing trouble. The end result is a party on the part of the predators so introduced – and complete elimination on the part of the pests being controlled.

Destruction of plants that have been infected (in case it is plant pests we are looking at) can also often yield remarkable results in term of preventive pest control. So can approaches like the burning of fields after crop harvesting; during which the pests that could have started developing are burnt, and hence their cycles broken.

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Pest Control Misconceptions – The 4 Mistakes Consumers Make When Choosing a Pest Control Company

Misconception #1: You should wait as long as possible before you have your home or business professionally serviced for pest control problems.

This is false. Pests multiply rapidly and if you see one there are probably plenty more in hiding. Many pests produce egg sacks that contain numerous eggs. For instance, the cockroach lays an egg sack containing approximately 15 to 30 baby cockroaches. These baby cockroaches breed in as early as two weeks. A pest infested structure will continually become more infested as long as you ignore the problem. Over the counter sprays and pesticides may help slightly, but by themselves are not enough. The longer you wait to have service the more those pests will multiply and the more difficult it will be to eliminate the problem.

Misconception #2: The only reason to have your home serviced for pests is to get rid of visible infestations.

This is also false. As you already know, for every pest you see there are multiples in hiding. If you have one type of pest in your home then it’s likely your home is a good breading ground for other types of pests. Not surprisingly, those pests build colonies and nurseries in between your walls, underneath your home, and in cracks and crevices you can’t see. Some of these pests can be poisonous and potentially dangerous. Even if you currently haven’t seen one of these pests, they can climb into your shoes, crawl into clothing, or hide in your bed sheets and surprise one of your loved ones with a venomous bite or sting.

What about pests you hardly ever see? Termites are one example. They remain in hidden voids. You need a certified termite technician to identify and show you were potential termite infestation may occur. Don’t forget about carpenter ants, they too are very dangerous to structures. Again, ask for a certified pest control technician to look over your structure. Only then can you be sure you are protected and can prevent this type of infestation.

Misconception #3: One method of pest control is as good as another.

This is also false. It would be quite easy to pick a pest control company or pest control method if this were the case, but this is not true. Professional pest control companies should be certified by the Structural Pest Control Board. In addition, they should have a yearly license renewal to keep up-to-date with the latest technology. In many ways that certification is like a degree in pest control. Ask to see your companies credentials and certification. This certification can not be bought. It has to be earned through hours of education, testing, and schooling.

A company who employs well trained and certified technicians will eliminate pest problems much more thoroughly than a non-certified person. Professional technicians are trained to use the correct type of materials for each type of pest problem. In addition, they are trained to eliminate pests from those hidden areas that are virtually impossible to reach unless your technician is a trained and certified professional.

Misconception #4: Do-It-Yourself pest control works as good as hiring a professional pest control technician to treat your home or business?

You can purchase over the counter pesticides. Some of these over the counter pesticides use products with ingredients and chemicals that merely attack the nervous system of the pest. However, once this particular product dries, its effectiveness is completely gone. In these cases the only pests it will effect are those
who have direct contact with it while it’s wet. So, when you spray (for instance) a cockroach or two, those two will die but the 20 or 40 in hiding can very well be untouched and alive still multiplying rapidly.

Some people ask if the cockroach carries the chemical back to the nests of other cockroaches to kill them off. Many of these materials don’t work that way. In fact, if the cockroach makes it back to the nesting area, but the material has dried on its body, it will not effect any other cockroaches.

When using pesticides on ants, you can make the problem worse. If you spray an anthill, for instance, the live ants carry a signal back to the colony. The ants then spread into satellite colonies. Thus, the ant hills are spread into numerous anthills.

There are also industrial strength pesticides you can purchase from janitorial supply stores and other industrial retail locations. The problem with that is some chemicals leave toxic residue that can remain poisonous for years. This is a tremendous threat to your entire family. In addition, some pesticides will not be the right prescription for the pest problem. They can cause allergic and respiratory reactions if you don’t know what your using. So the possibility here is that you might not eliminate the pests you need to eliminate and the toxic residue which may remain in your in your structure for years to come and could harm those you love.

The most effective way to service your home is with a certified pest control technician. Ask to see credentials.

My name is Gannon C. Mahaffay. I’m the president of Reliance Pest Solutions, a local company with 15 years of experience servicing Oklahoma businesses and home owners with fully GUARANTEED services. If you walk out your front door, look down your street in both directions, odds are good that at least one of your neighbors

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