Pest control is the process of regulating pests which act as a nuisance in many homesteads. Pests such as insects, plants, germs or other organisms tend to interfere with our normal or day to day lives and activities. These organisms may destroy food crops, might bite, are destructive to property among other things that only cause more difficulty in our lives. For effective pest control measures, one needs to know about the pest and its habitat well. For one to formulate effective strategies for pest control, they need to identify the pest as well as its lifestyle. Pest control methods are classified into; biological, mechanical, chemical and physical control.
When one uses other organisms in order to eradicate pests, they are implementing biological pest control measures. Some of the organisms used include insects and mites. What makes biological pest control methods effective is natural mechanism and human antics. One simply has to introduce the mites or insects in the pests’ natural habitat in order to eradicate them. One is able to arrive at a long-term pest control solution once the organism introduced into the pests’ habitat breeds and survives. Introducing a certain strain of bacteria in mosquito breeding ground is a good example of this method. This way, the bacteria can infect the water sources and kill any mosquito larvae that is present in it.
Mechanical pest control makes use of hands-on techniques and various equipment. A barrier is put up between the insects and pests by using equipment. One of the ways one can use mechanical pest control measures to get rid of pests is by crop rotation. This method is effective since it helps to get rid of pests simply by reducing their host plants. Use of baits or traps comes in handy when it comes to controlling pests such as rats and mice. Once one gets the traps, they can place food particles with poison as bait on them in order to attract the mice from their habitat. This helps to trap the mice or rats after which one can discard them.
In order to control pests in your home, one can use pesticides. Wearing the right safety gear when handling chemicals such as pesticides is important. This way, they won’t be able to get into contact with any of the chemicals which are dangerous to their health. Use of chemicals such as pesticides is usually very effective especially when dealing with pests in large numbers.
Pest control isn’t an endeavor that one can pursue on their own. It is very important for one to call in an exterminator or a pest control company that knows how to deal with pests effectively.