Pest Control – The Basics

Pest control is the proper management or pest control regulation of a specific species defined as a pest, an agent of the arachnid family that negatively affects human beings in certain ways. The arachnid is the most common arachnid and includes such pests as termites, ants, cockroaches, fleas, and even ticks. The human reaction to pest control will range from temporary to extreme, depending on the impact of the damage caused and will depend on various levels of tolerance, from total avoidance to near-total eradication, through effective management and prevention. Common pest control techniques such as ants are highly social and work together with humans in the construction of nests and also in the transportation of food. Humans are highly reactive when it comes to these types of pests and can suffer serious consequences.


There are several methods for pest control and prevention. This includes mechanical, chemical, biological, and economic approaches. Mixtures of chemicals can be purchased from most supermarkets and can be applied directly to the home. However, these chemicals are highly lethal and must only be used by trained professionals to avoid accidental poisoning and excessive exposure. Mechanical control involves sealing doors and cracks around the house, using caulk to close up entryways, purchasing anti-larious products, installing caulk padding, applying pesticides and insecticides to affected areas, and using caulk sealants. Chemical control involves the application of specially designed chemicals to the home or its immediate surrounding areas.


Biological pest control involves fumigation of wood, including treating window sills, baseboards, moldings, and furniture. These fumigation treatments must only be done by trained professionals who know exactly how to do the procedure properly and should be used with caution. Pesticides and insecticides kill unwanted pests by destroying their nerve centers. While insects have a complex nervous system, pesticides and insecticides merely disrupt the communication between the nervous cells.


Biological pest control methods are more environmentally safe and are used to prevent and treat pests when they are already in existence. When a pest cannot be eradicated by any other method, such as fumigation or other forms of chemical treatment, there are several effective biocontrols and pesticides that can be used to quickly eradicate troublesome pests. Biocontrols are substances that naturally attract pests and stop them from reproducing. Examples of biocontrols are boric acid, which are commonly found in moth balls and powders; lacquer latex, which are often used as bug proofing paint; and caustic soda, which are toxic, but works as an insecticide.


While some people mistakenly think that they can avoid pest control by not using pesticides, the use of insecticides has been proven time again to be the most effective way of exterminating pests. Additionally, if left unchecked, the buildup of insecticides on surfaces can also result in breathing difficulties for humans. Pesticides are especially dangerous for children and pets. It is recommended that children who live in or around areas that use pesticides be kept away from the affected areas until the effects of the insecticides have worn off. Pets can be similarly affected by insecticides and should be kept away from treated areas.


If the application of pesticides does not deter pests from being a nuisance, then contact a local pest control company for advice on other options. There are many pest control products on the market, including lawn chemicals, weed killers, and garden guns. Garden guns resemble the traditional pump sprays and are often used against stubborn grass and weeds. A garden gun will cover larger areas and are recommended for larger areas such as backyards. Using pesticides is not only dangerous to the user, but to pets and children, so it is highly recommended that all parties follow proper safety procedures when applying pesticides.