The process of controlling pests or organisms that act as a disturbance to most homesteads is referred to as pest control. Pests are any kind of unwanted animals, insects, plants, germs or organisms that interfere with our day to day lives and activities. Some of the ways in which pests cause a nuisance to people’s lives include damaging property, food crops or biting people. 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. Biological, mechanical, chemical as well as physical methods are some of the pest control measures that people use.
Biological pest control is whereby one uses other organisms in order to get rid of the existing pests. Mites and insects are examples of the kind of organisms used on pests. What makes biological pest control methods effective is natural mechanism and human antics. One simply has to introduce the mites or insects in the pests’ natural habitat in order to eradicate them. This tends to provide a long-term pest control solution once the released organism breeds and survives. One of the ways pests like mosquitoes are neutralized is by introducing a specific strain of bacteria on local water sources which are their breeding grounds. This way, the bacteria can infect the water sources and kill any mosquito larvae that is present in it.
Mechanical pest control makes use of hands-on techniques and various equipment. These equipment tends to put a barrier between insects and pests. Crop rotation is among the most effective mechanical pest control measures. Since pests tend to feed on host plants, crop rotation helps to get rid of the plants thereby getting rid of the pests as well. Use of baits or traps comes in handy when it comes to controlling pests such as rats and mice. Once one gets the traps, they can place food particles with poison as bait on them in order to attract the mice from their habitat. When this happens, they get trapped and one can discard 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. This way, they won’t be able to get into contact with any of the chemicals which are dangerous to their health. Using chemicals is an instant pest control measure which is very effective especially when dealing with large numbers of pests.
Pest control isn’t an endeavor that one can pursue on their own. Getting into contact with a professional exterminator is advisable when dealing with pests.