Basically, pest control refers to the process in which people get rid of pests that act as a nuisance in their lives. Pests are any kind of unwanted animals, insects, plants, germs or organisms that interfere with our 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. For effective pest control measures, one needs to know about the pest and its habitat well. For one to formulate effective strategies for pest control, they need to identify the pest as well as its lifestyle. 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. 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. 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. Pests such as mice and rats are better controlled by using things such as baits and traps. 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. This helps to trap the mice or rats after which one can discard them.
In order to control pests in your home, one can use 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.
One shouldn’t try to get rid of pests without help. Getting into contact with a professional exterminator is advisable when dealing with pests.