Basically, pest control refers to the process in which people get rid of pests that act as a nuisance in their lives. Pests such as insects, plants, germs or other organisms tend to interfere with our normal or 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. In order to control pests effectively, one requires knowledge on the pest as well as its habits. As soon as one is able to identify the kind of pest they are working with and its lifestyle, they can formulate effective strategies in order to prevent them from spreading. All the pest control measures that people take are grouped into mechanical, biological, physical as well as chemical methods.
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. This method solely relies on natural mechanisms such as predation as well as human management. By introducing the organism into the pests’ natural habitat, one is able to get rid of these harmful pests. This tends to provide a long-term pest control solution once the released organism breeds and survives. Introducing a certain strain of bacteria in mosquito breeding ground is a good example of this method. Any mosquito larvae present in local water sources which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes are killed once the bacteria introduced infects the water sources.
Hands-on techniques and use of various devices or equipment is what is implemented when it comes to mechanical control. These equipment tends to put a barrier between insects and pests. One of the ways one can use mechanical pest control measures to get rid of pests is by crop rotation. Crop rotation helps to get rid of pests by reducing their host plants which is why it is effective. When it comes to controlling mice and rats, use of baits and traps works really well. One can purchase the traps then put bait such as food particles with poison in them in order to lure the pests from their habitat. Once the mice tries to eat the bait, it gets trapped and one can dispose them.
Another way to control pests is by using insecticides or pesticides. 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. When dealing with large numbers of pests, one should result to using pesticides.
Trying to get rid of pests in your home is a dangerous endeavor to take on your 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.