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.
Pest repellents with built-in ultrasonic technology are basically devices that are supposed to kill, injure or repel insects, rodents and other domestic pests with an emission of high-frequency audio signals. During the past couple of years, there was an ongoing debate about their effectiveness, and many laboratories conducted tests that disputed the efficiency of these products.
If left untreated, insects and rodents could potentially transmit fatal hantavirus, salmonella, and various diseases that cause damage to the health of human beings or objects they live in. Typical signs of infestation are chewed bags of food, feces, and structural cavities that open the door to someone’s home.
Cockroaches are undoubtedly the most persistent and the most annoying sort of pest there is, particularly in large cities. Their presence can be found in almost any domestic or industrial object on the planet. Infestation of this kind is evidenced by the bug eggs and droppings, usually found in cabinets and cupboards. Other hard to spot locations include kitchen drains and places behind refrigerators and dishwashers. Ultrasonic repellents are advertised as a go-to solution for eliminating this kind of bugs.
How ultrasonic technology works
The appliance of audio technology in pest control is not a new strategy; the agronomists of the ancient Chinese empire practiced the usage of several mechanical sensory devices to deal with rodents who devastated their crops and invaded their buildings. Ultrasound, a term which stands for audio frequencies transcending the human ear’s detection levels. It has seen its implementation in the pest control industry just a couple of times in the recent past, due to its ongoing controversy.
The devices of ultrasonic nature are typically plugged into the electrical outlets in your home. Then they supposedly emit sounds that ought to be displeasing to pests of all kind. These sounds should cause some sort of physiological shock, which shows its manifestations in non-voluntary muscle contractions, frenzy running, and in the end termination of all living functions due to the brain hemorrhage.
In theory, these devices should confuse pests like rodents to such extent that they eventually run for their lives. It should disrupt their food gathering routine, and prevent them from communicating, building nests and breeding. Ultrasonic contraptions are usually appealing to most consumers. Because they are pretty easy to use and they are almost dead – silent to human ears. They should also eliminate the whole mess of poison chemicals and traps. Some may interpret as an inhumane form of dealing with animals. Gadgets that function on subsonic and electromagnetic principles are also present on today’s market. Their performances differ in signal rate, frequency, and intensity.
Are these devices effective at all?
Studies conducted to determine the effectiveness of ultrasonic repellents have come up with different results. Michigan State University tests performed in 2015 concluded that devices of this kind were pretty effective at confusing insects like crickets. But at the same time, they had almost no effect on pests like cockroaches. Spiders and termites were left completely unaffected.