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A Primer on the Pests that Blight Your Home

posted on 18 March 2014 | posted in Pest Control

Pests are everywhere. No matter how many tack-ticks you try out, in order to avoid their attacks and no matter how pricy the pesticides you apply are, at the end of the day, there is always a possibility of pests returning. Many have a very vague idea when it comes to what pests are and what they are capable of doing until the major, sometimes irreversible, damage is done.

A pest is an organism that is detrimental to any human activity causing health, ecological and economical issues. Even though it is commonly spoken about in agriculture, pests are not uncommon in homes and gardens. The variety of pests is many and the causes for their attacks can vary from moist wood to forgotten cupboards and plants that attract pests to seasonal changes.

Even though pest attacks cannot be diminished as a whole, it is possible to implement pest control methods in order to keep the damages at their lowest. Some of the most convenient, cheap and effective pest control methods that can be used in small scale inside buildings and in small gardens, and can also be used in larger scale in agriculture are discussed in this article.

One of the widely recommended, environmental friendly pest control method is the use of natural predators of pests to control them. These are biological methods that have no negative effect on nature. For centuries people have used such methods such as introducing fish to artificial ponds that are likely to be breeding grounds to mosquitoes. Another environmentally friendly method of pest control is to ensure that there are no possible breeding grounds around. For instance, if you fear termite attacks, you must make sure that there are no moist wood around the house and if it is mice that you fear about, your attics must be constantly cleaned.

Use of poison baits and traps are two other methods of pest control. These methods are commonly used to control mice, but their effectiveness is a matter to be rethought. A more convenient, modern version of the use of toxic substances would be the use of poison spray. It's a quick method to get rid of numerous pests including cockroaches, bugs, ants, termites and flies.

In severe cases of pest attacks, pest control methods like fumigation and space treatment are used. Even though comparatively expensive, they are the best pest control methods available and would destroy all life stages of the pest and keep them from coming back. Never the less, if you feel that the pests have grown beyond your control, or unsure of the best thing to do, it is wise to get a professional pest controller's advice before using specialized chemical substances.

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