Nearly every home experiences some pest on their grounds or in their house at some point. What are the various types of pest control, and how do you use them?
Five types of pest control exist in today’s market. Let’s take time for a close look at each type of pest control, and determine which one should work best in your situation.
1. Biological Pest Control
A commonly used pest control product uses biological pest control. Biological pest controls use some agent to manage the predators and parasites around your house and yard.
For example, you might use nematodes introduced to the soil to keep termites away from your home and other buildings.
The significant benefit of using this type of pest control is that it eliminates pests but doesn’t cause harm to the environment around your living space. Biological pest control methods include bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
2. Bait Poison
Poisoned bait also gets used to getting rid of specific pest populations. If you have an infestation of rats, ants, or termites, you can use poisoned bait to get rid of the critters. The bait resembles a favorite food and attracts the pest you want to eliminate.
Combining poisoned bait with other pest control methods works best in most cases because the pest might learn to avoid the lure and choose to eat something else.
Three types of bait control exist on the market today, including:
• Anticoagulants, which prevent the rodent’s blood from clotting. Rodents need to eat this bait several times before it kills them.
• Non-anticoagulant rodent killers such as bromethalin kill rodents by interfering with their nervous system. Zinc phosphide creates a toxic gas inside the rodent. And cholecalciferol changes the calcium levels in a rodent’s blood.
For safety’s sake, use a bait station made of sturdy products, and that is tamper proof.
Rat, mouse, and live traps allow you to eliminate larger animal pests and keep them under control. Some of these traps, like small rodent traps, kill the animal when it touches the bait.
Other traps, such as live traps, allow a larger animal to be humanely relocated. Live traps work well for such animals as raccoons and feral cats, which can be taken back to the wild or otherwise placed.
4. Chemical Repellants
Large pests respond well to chemical repellants. These repellants get used to keeping insects, small pests, and larger pests away from your home and out of your house.
When you apply these repellants to the perimeter of your home, you prevent these bugs and animals from entering your house or eating your plants. If used correctly, pests don’t typically get used to these repellants, so they are useful for the long run.
Chemical pest controls include organic plant-based, fermented (spinosad, abamectin), and insecticides that are inorganic or near-organic. A synthetic insecticide contains Indoxacarb.
Pesticides kill insects and other pests. You need to use a pesticide until no sign of the insect in question remains.
Pesticides kill populations of insects until all of the creatures die. The downside of using pesticides remains that it’s hard to tell when all of the pests involved dying. Also, these chemicals are quite toxic.
As long as they get used as described on the label and are stored properly, using pesticides helps many people remove insect infestations from their property.
Whichever pest control method you choose, be sure to follow the label instructions to the letter. Also, you should wear gloves and other PPE while you use many of these methods of pest control and extermination.