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. For effective pest control measures, one needs to know about the pest and its habitat well. 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.
In other words, biological pest control refers to when one introduces other organisms in order to get rid of the already 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. A good example is introducing a certain type of bacteria in mosquito breeding grounds. This way, the bacteria can infect the water sources and kill any mosquito larvae that is present in it.
In mechanical pest control approach, one uses various equipment or devices and other hands-on techniques. 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. This method is effective since it helps to get rid of pests simply by reducing their host plants. Use of baits or traps comes in handy when it comes to controlling pests such as rats and mice. Placing poisonous food particles on traps as bait once you get them will help to lure the mice off their habitat. This helps to trap the mice or rats after which one can discard them.
Another way to control pests is by using insecticides or pesticides. During initial application, one should ensure that they have the relevant clothing and safety gear on. This way, they won’t be able to get into contact with any of the chemicals which are dangerous to their health. Use of chemicals such as pesticides is usually very effective especially when dealing with pests in large numbers.
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.