Basically, pest control refers to the process in which people get rid of pests that act as a nuisance in their lives. 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. Once one identifies the pest and learns about its lifestyle, one can be able to come up with effective strategies to control them from spreading. All the pest control measures that people take are grouped into mechanical, biological, physical as well as chemical methods.
Biological pest control is whereby one uses other organisms in order to get rid of the existing pests. Some of the organisms used include insects and mites. 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. This tends to provide a long-term pest control solution once the released organism breeds and survives. A good example is introducing a certain type of bacteria in mosquito breeding grounds. Any mosquito larvae present in local water sources which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes are killed once the bacteria introduced infects the water sources.
Mechanical pest control makes use of hands-on techniques and various equipment. These equipment tends to put a barrier between insects and pests. A very effective method of mechanic pest control is by crop rotation. This method is effective since it helps to get rid of pests simply by reducing their host plants. 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. Once the mice tries to eat the bait, it gets trapped and one can dispose 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. In doing so, one is safe from coming into contact with the chemicals. Using chemicals is an instant pest control measure which is very effective especially when dealing with large numbers of pests.
One shouldn’t try to get rid of pests without help. It is very important for one to call in an exterminator or a pest control company that knows how to deal with pests effectively.