If some kind of bug or a rodent has invaded your home and you can’t find a way to deal with them, calling a pest control agency can benefit you in several ways. It will save you time and money, and you won’t be left with a headache people usually get when they fight termites and spiders on their own. Companies of this kind in most cases have a team of properly equipped professionals who possess all the necessary knowledge to battle with all kinds of infestations. If you have just moved to a new home, or some kind of unwanted animal has gained access to your current premises, you should definitely consider hiring an exterminator.
The place you live in should be a fortress that protects you from all sorts of invaders and ensures your own personal safety. When you call in the heavy anti-pest artillery to wipe out all the pests in your home, the first thing they should do is specify a plan.
Before their guns go blazing, some kind of strategy is a must. They should take into account the exact dimensions of your household, the severity of the problem, and what should be done to establish a pest-free environment in the long run. Before moving into a new home, it is sometimes best to do a precaution treatment of your walls to stop bugs from coming in the first place. In the case of an emergency, there are services that will help you deal with nests and hives. Whatever problem you may have, an exterminator will find a way to fix it. Monitoring your house before the infestation takes place is an option worthy of considering too.
Deployment of pest control services costs money, for sure. But it will cost you even more if all those ants and termites remain undercover. With some insects, you probably won’t even know how to recognize their presence. Specialized pest control agencies will dispatch exterminators with a keen eye for pest detection. Trying to cut cost and evade using their services will leave you with a prolonged and sometimes unrepairable damage.
The health and safety hazards
Professional exterminators should know the exact effect of using a particular chemical. They know where and how to apply pesticides within your household. Many agencies are taking the green route these days, applying repellents that do not pose a threat for us and the living environment. When using something that is potentially hazardous or even lethal, one must have all the necessary knowledge and expertise. Otherwise, yours and your family members’ safety will be jeopardized. There are tons of different chemicals you could buy yourself, but you should remember one thing – life is not a movie, and exposing yourself to hazardous materials won’t turn you into a Spider-man. You are more likely to become a helpless fly.
Respecting your time
Nobody likes sitting around all day, waiting for your pest company to come over. Accommodation of your business schedule is incorporated in every agency’s policy.
Pesticides are biological and chemical agents specifically designed to destroy pests of all kind. Since their invention in the nineteenth century, they have seen their implementation in both domestic and industrial environments. They are supposed to eliminate and hold of all kinds of animals that are giving us trouble, but they also present a great danger to our health, with their implementation often leading to fatal scenarios. The most common field of pesticide use is agriculture. When such an essential part of our food chain is invaded with poisonous chemicals, it brings up several questions we have to ask ourselves.
Why the need for pesticides
The main purpose of agriculture is the production of livestock and crops for mass consumption. With the ever growing population on our planet, the abundance of fresh and healthy eatable materials is absolutely essential for our sole survival. But humans are not the only ones living in this world, and other forms of life don’t have a plan of backing out and leaving all there is to us. Almost 40 percent of the entire American crop production is devastated by some form of pest, which leaves the country’s economy with a financial loss of almost 150 billion dollars every year.
Because of these enormous economic blowouts, pesticides are used as a weapon of mass destruction against insects, rodents, and birds. Various sorts of these chemicals exist in today’s market, but most agronomists like to stick with insecticides and herbicides, which are designed to exterminate undesirable bugs and plants. The devastation of crops is one of the world’s biggest agronomic problems, and the usage of pesticides has increased rapidly over the past couple of decades. The widespread application of these chemicals brought up questions whether they are a benefit or a hazard.
Some of the good sides of this kind of pest control are increased levels of production, more money for the farmers and the possibility of many diseases being stopped from spreading. Without pesticides being applied, damage to the crops would be significantly larger. They give us the opportunity to fight pests more efficiently and produce more food in the process. And with bigger production comes bigger profit. Another considerable factor is cutting down the cost of labor. With pesticides, you won’t have to deal with all sorts of weed on your fields. The chemicals do their job.
Besides the benefits of pesticide usage, there are also many problems diagnosed. Pesticides don’t like to stick to one place; they prefer moving to another field, to other herbal species. Their traces can be found in soil, air and water. They often spread to other living forms and usually do more harm than good in the process. They also have a bad tendency of disrupting the Earth’s ecosystem. Whenever a pesticide is being applied, it not only removes pests but other organisms as well. The balance of our natural environment is therefore dramatically changed. Besides disrupting the wildlife, pesticides are a known enemy of human’s health. Our exposure to them can only lead to poisoning.
When you decide it is time to fight back against those pests what is the best course of action you can take. For starters, it is smart to get informed. Many people just go out and buy the generic poisons or have some poisons from before lying in the garage and they try to use them to kill every pest that comes to bother them. The issue here is there is more than one way to get rid of pests, and if we had to be honest, poisoning them is not the best approach although it does work.
First thing is first, try to prevent them from ever reaching your area. If you live surrounded by sectors that are known for many issues with various pests than you should strive to make your space as unattractive to the pest as you can.
The things you can do to help with this are:
– Don’t keep food in the open, ever!
– Put lids that can limit the spread of the smell on your garbage cans/bags.
– Store your food reserves in plastic or metal containers
– Check your pipe areas, if you notice any leaks, fix them ASAP
– Close off any and all holes in the walls and ceilings, so they can’t wander into your area
– Get rid of things you don’t use like old boxes, old furniture. These things are good hiding places/breeding grounds
– If you have lots of things entering your home on a regular basis, check the boxes for traveling pests
Now that we have tried to prevent them and failed, it’s time to fight them. Depending if they are rodents or insects, you would have to fight them in a different way. The chemicals that are used in these two groups are different, and you should always read the labels and instructions on how to use them since you don’t want to get an irritated skin or worse some kind of poisoning that would send you to the emergency room.
Believe us some of these poisons are no joke, so make sure to have the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling them.
Keep your pets and kids away
The biggest problem people need to be aware of is that even if you put that poison down for the rats or cockroaches, that they can be reached by other unintended things. Those “Things” can be your pets or your kids, and that is definitely not the targeted pests you want to get rid of.
Make sure the areas where you placed those poisons are hard to reach by your pets or kids, and if they can still reach those areas because those areas could be potential areas where the pests frequently pass, then secure the area so that your dog or cat can’t eat the poison.
Pesticides is a broad term when it comes to what they can be utilized for. Primarily they are used for killing fungi, feral animals, insects and other forms of pests.
They can be used in several different forms:
-solid form: in this form the positions are usually in crystal powder or granular form.
-aerosol form: the poisons that are in spray cans and huge canisters that can be sprayed in mist form
– liquids form: comes as bottled liquids
All of these forms have their benefits and specific uses for many situations, but the most important thing you should know about them is that they are highly poisonous and should be handled with extreme care.
Pesticides should be handled with the instructions that are written on the back of the product. If for some reason you are unsure how to handle them, gear up with adequate personal protective gear (PPE) and don’t let the poison chemical come in contact with your breathing, your skin, eyes or mouth.
Additionally, be aware that these chemicals can harm the earth, air, and water around it, so handle it with the utmost care for the environment as they can come in contact with unintended species and cause more harm.
There are 4 different schedules for the dangerous levels of the chemical.
These poisons are safe for handling and are classified as minimal health hazards if handled as per the instructions on the container.
– Schedule 5
Very weak toxin levels if used as per the instructions on the container.
– Schedule 6
Moderate amount of care is required when handling these poisons, which means personal protective equipment is a must.
– Schedule 7
Very high toxin levels. Must be handled with full PPE and may cause harm at the smallest contact with humans. Handle with care and store in safe places as per the instructions on the label.
All of these pesticides can cause problems in the food chain so make sure that you handle and dispose of the pesticides as per instructions on the container.
Additionally, keep in mind that these poison chemicals can spread to unwanted areas or animals and as such should be only used if you have secured the areas from those unwanted situations.
Pesticides have both positive and negative sides for use some of them are:
They are not difficult to apply
They are extremely efficient at doing their job
Quick and precise results
They are a cheap method when trying to control a huge amount of pests.
Pesticides can cause major health problems for humans, pets, and other wildlife if they are not used correctly
Secondary poisoning can introduce problems in the natural habitat of animals
Kills helpful bugs like ladybugs and praying mantises
Can have detrimental consequences on the water system due to contamination
The smartest way to defend against many pests is to limit the areas where they can feed and breed if pesticides must be used than secure care during handling advisable.
Pest have been bugging humans since we became self-aware, and since then we have devised many different ways to kill those pesky pests. Some are more lucrative than others, some are made in a laboratory, and some are nature made. But all in all most of them work for one situation or another. If you tried one of these ways and it has not worked don’t worry, there are many other ways you can try and we will list them all.
Use of animals
There are many animals that act as pest hunters. These little helpers usually come as pets and sometimes as trained helpers just for this specific issue. Many dogs, cats, and birds have been trained to help catch the pests that are trying to house themselves near our food supplies. If you use a cat combined with trap placement you are guaranteed to rid yourself of mice and rats.
Many insects rely on a certain food source or a certain water source to breed or feed. If you insert a specific chemical that will only target the specific insect, you have successfully used biological control to exterminate or lower the population of that insect. Depending on your pests the biological treatment will be different.
Some technological advancements will help us get rid of annoying pests a bit easier. Many traps that are extremely efficient at killing or trapping the pests fall in this category.
After the harvest of certain crops, the fields would be burned down so that all the insects and pests that are in the ground or at the roots of the plants would die off. This is usually used for crops that will have to be planted again next season, like sugar canes.
Hunting of pests
Many pests come in the form of small animals. They can be hunted in some countries using firearms. Make sure to check the laws of your country when it comes to killing these types of pests.
Pesticides are everything that kills insects, and they can be delivered to the plants through spraying from trucks, planes or by hand. These chemicals can be harmful to humans and other life around so make sure you know what you are doing and that you have taken all the steps to protect yourself and what you don’t want to destroy with these chemicals.
Natural control of rodents
There are many places where using chemicals is either forbidden or not encouraged. In these sites, you are usually left with natural ways to control the pests. Like increasing the population of the pest’s natural hunter. Many parks and special zones have these types of rules.
These chemicals are pesticides that focus on killing rodents like mice and rats. Rodenticides won’t harm insects but need to be placed with care so other animals won’t ingest them by accident and poison themselves.
Many repellents are made from chemicals and they keep the pests away to a certain degree. Many smells and sounds can be considered repellents.
When you have a problem with pests that don’t belong to the insect category, you just have to use some good old-fashioned rodenticides. This category has lots of different chemicals in them, but most of them do one thing, they stop normal blood clotting. For that reason, they are called anticoagulants. There is also a different group of rodenticides that don’t belong to the anticoagulants, but we will talk about them later.
So for which rodents can these poisons be used you ask? In short most of the mammal world can be poisoned by these chemicals. Rodents like mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, woodchucks, wild cats, raccoons, nutria, beavers, chipmunks and much more. You have to be very careful when using this poison as you can easily infect any unintended animal. Additionally, be careful when placing this in a habitat that kids can wonder into. These poisons are very colorful so kids might mistake them for candy.
So how do they work?
In most cases, these poisons will be used to poison rodents by oral ingestion, but they can also highly poisonous if inhaled or by dermal use. They can also have nasty skin irritation or eye irritation effects, so make sure to handle them with proper personal protective equipment and never change their packaging. Additionally, keep them locked and out of reach of children and pets if you have any. Some of these anticoagulants require more than one ingestion to be effective.
Things like Warfarin, Chlorophacinone, Diphacinone requires multiple intakes by the pest. On the other hand, anticoagulants like Bromadiolone, Difethialone, Brodifacoum requires just a single ingestion by the pests as they have a higher toxic rate.
The fact that these poisons have a high concentration of them can pose a problem for other mammals if they eat the poisoned pest. For instance, if a mouse got poisoned and died and a cat would come and eat the mouse the cat would have secondary poisoning.
Depending on the poison used to kill the pests, the cat will have anywhere from minimum poisoning reactions, to severe and in some cases death. Make sure that once you apply poison to certain areas that you check those areas frequently if you don’t want other mammals to get affected.
This can be a tricky situation if you own a farm where there are many pests and even more animals and wildlife that you don’t want to get affected by the extermination that the poison can provide. So if you don’t want to kill off the whole population of foxes, raccoons, birds and similar wildlife, keep the locations that you have marked with the poison in check.
The rodenticides are a good way to keep your crops safe and sound from many pests that can run rampant and destroy a whole year’s work; you just have to make sure that you handle them in the correct manner and that you dispose of them poison once you are done using it.