Deciding on the best way to prevent a pest infestation will depend on the type of pest threatening your space. One method may work on insects, but may not work on rodents. Methods that work on cockroaches don't work on spiders. Our trained professionals know what to use for each situation.
The best option for you is to know the most effective ways to prevent infestations on your property. There are three categories of pest control:
This is when you use pesticides and insecticides to eliminate unwanted creatures in and around your home. However, you must be cautious with these as some chemicals can be hazardous to people and animals.
Always ensure that you follow the directions on the label when using chemicals.
There are different ways of using chemical pest control.
For instance, baiting. This is the most cost-effective option for diminishing the size of large pest populations. This is used when an insecticide mixture is added to foods that attract the pest in question, applied to a sticky pad and placed in corners and dark areas.
The pest will then ingest the food containing the poison and it can have an immediate effect in killing them. The poison can also be transmitted to their colony to reduce their population size significantly.
While it is cost-effective, bait is targeted for one type of pest, so if you have issues with one kind of pest, i.e. cockroaches, then this is suitable for you. If you have troubles with multiple pests then you may want to consider fumigation.
With fumigation, pests are killed by using chemical smoke to fill the house. Fumigation is effective for termites, cockroaches and other pests that live in the walls and crevices.
Another method of chemical pest control is spraying. This is when fungicides or insecticides are dispersed in the house as well as around the perimeter.
This is when you make use of mechanical tools, equipment and machinery to prevent any pests from living on your property.
Trapping is a form of physical pest control which utilizes traps to hold or even kill pests in one area before they are removed from the premises. For instance, mouse traps may be used to capture and kill rodents that are on your property. Or you can use a glue board to immobilize rodents from moving and then remove them from the premises.
You can also utilize fences as a way to keep out larger pests from entering your home. Erecting a fence around your property can be used to keep out dangerous animals and reptiles.
Another form of physical pest control is netting. If you have a garden or grow any kind of fruit crop, utilizing orchard netting will ensure that your fruits are protected from various pests such as flies and birds.
In addition, you can use the method of harbor destruction to prevent the build-up of rodents on your premises or to destroy any hiding spots for pests like snakes and scorpions.
Harbor destruction refers to when you remove debris from your premises to remove any potential hiding areas of pests in areas that are not of use to you.
This is usually done with heavy machinery such as bulldozers but will ensure long-term prevention of pests that live in such areas.
This is when you use living organisms to maintain pest populations below damaging levels or protect livestock with guardian animals. Four types of biological control can be used to protect your area.
The first is to use predators. By placing a predator in the area where the pests are, they can catch and eat these pests.
Some common predators are arthropods are beetles, ladybugs, flies, pirate bugs, lacewings, and spiders.
The second is to use parasitoids, also known as parasites. Adult parasites do not eat their hosts directly, however, they lay eggs in, on, or near their host and once the eggs hatch they use the host as food.
Parasitoids are usually very small wasps that are barely noticed. In addition, there are also tachinid flies that look like large houseflies and these lay their eggs on the back of pests.
The third type of biological pest control is to use pathogens which are disease-causing organisms. The pathogens will cause the pests to become sick.
The main types of insect disease-causing organisms are fungi, viruses, insect-parasitic bacteria, protozoa, and nematodes.
You should know that it is important to match the correct pathogen agent with the correct pest as not all pathogens will work with all types of pests.
The next type of biological control is to use livestock guardian animals such as guard dogs.
These can be effective in protecting your livestock from predators, however, they can also be very expensive to manage.
In addition, while they can scare off predators, they do not necessarily reduce the number of pests attacking your home and assets.
You will need to take into consideration the kind of pests that are threatening your home. If you have termites threatening your home, using chemical pest control would be the best choice.
However, if you have rodents that are running around your house, physical pest control may be the most suitable method. Whereas using biological pest control may be best used to eliminate other insects that are bothering you.
But, the best way to prevent any pests on your property is to combine all three methods of pest control as mentioned above. Relying on one may result in another kind of pest entering your premises.
Rather than try various ways of pest control only for you to do trial and error, consider the services of professional pest control companies to help you place the preventative measures you need to protect your property.
That is why at Agro Pest Control, we strive to help you find the best solution to any pest-related issues you may be facing. It may be overwhelming to think of all the possible ways to prevent pest infestation, but we can alleviate all that stress by doing the job for you! Trained professionals applying high-quality techniques.
All you need to do is contact us at 480-780-2476 and we will give you a free inspection!