Pest Control is the control or management of a specific species defined as an insect, a member of the arachnid family that negatively affects human activity by causing insect-related damage. Common pests include termites, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish, and ticks. The term “pest” itself may refer to the physical condition of the insect, the behavior of the insect, or both. Commonly, pest control takes the form of using pesticides to kill, or restrict entry of, an infected person or animal. However, some pests, such as bees, are sensitive to the chemicals used in pest control. Pest Control is a complex practice, requiring knowledge of the life cycle of the pest, methods of action, and the environment in which the pest lives.
The most common methods of pest control include fumigation or extermination, which involves applying an insecticide or chemical to an affected area to reduce their reproductive capacity; mechanical removal, in which the infested item is removed or destroyed; and baiting, which is the direct application of an insecticide directly onto the host. Pests that can be fumigated include bedbugs, lice, fleas, and ticks. Mechanical removal includes procedures such as snagging, breaking, or suctioning the infested item to lessen their attraction to fumigation agents. Baiting involves the direct application of a pesticide onto the host, or into cracks and crevices where the pest may enter the structure.
There are many types of mechanically pest control, including fumigation, aerosol sprays, and traps. Fumigation involves spreading insecticide over an area, usually over several rooms, until all possible mosquito eggs have been laid. When the larvae hatch, they will immediately begin to feed on the insecticide, reducing its lifespan. Airborne insecticides are commonly used to get rid of mosquitoes and other arthropods. However, it is important to note that these insecticides can harm humans and pets.
Another popular method of chemical insect control is baiting, which involves placing pheromone traps throughout a property. These baits are typically made from chemicals that have been mixed with food products such as potato chips, pretzels, and cookies. Some baits may also contain maleate, which is similar to the pheromone used by females of the species. When humans come into contact with these baits, they can develop certain side effects such as headaches, nausea, runny nose, and dizziness.
Insecticides are a popular choice for pest control, and the use of chemicals is not necessary to eradicate these pests. The most effective method of pest control is integrated pest management, which uses a variety of pest control tools including baits and traps. By using a variety of techniques and methods, integrated pest management can ensure that pests do not become an overwhelming problem. If left unchecked, pests can cause serious damage to properties and cause people to be in danger of contracting diseases that may be spread by insects.
Baits can be purchased at hardware stores, home improvement stores, or online. A variety of bait and trap options are available, and some baits may be organic. Baits can be placed in ground pools or on lawns, but traps are more convenient and allow pest control workers to catch all pests that might be in the area. There are several types of trap, and the best trap is the one that allows the user to kill pests without causing harm to humans or pets. For example, poison bait may kill pests temporarily, but it can also cause illness if consumed by humans or pets.