Pest Control is a series of methods to manage pests and their damage without harming humans, pets or the environment. There are three basic aspects to Pest Control: prevention, suppression and eradication. Prevention aims to prevent pests from invading our properties by removing the food, water and shelter they need. It is also important to reduce their numbers so they don’t cause more damage than is reasonable to accept. Suppression aims to lower pest populations to an acceptable level and causes as little harm as possible to everything except the pest. Eradication aims to destroy an entire pest population.
Pests are a nuisance and can contaminate our food, beverages and personal items. Some are a health hazard, carrying and spreading pathogens like fleas, cockroaches, mice and rats. Others sting or bite, or irritate the skin, such as bed bugs, silverfish and earwigs. They damage our gardens and personal belongings, and can affect our quality of life. They may also make our homes less comfortable, increase utility bills and worsen medical conditions like asthma.
A wide range of methods are available to deal with pests. Physical or mechanical controls include traps, screens, barriers, fences and repellents. Altering the environment can also be a useful control method. For example, changing the amount of light or warmth can influence some pests.
Chemicals or pesticides are used in many Pest Pest Control Carterville IL Control methods, including baits, gels, sprays and fogging devices. They are typically applied to specific areas where pests have been identified. They are normally labelled to indicate the dangers to humans and animals (if any) and to give instructions on how they should be handled, stored and applied.
It is recommended to use pesticides only when necessary and when other control methods are not effective. The most effective pesticides are usually highly specific to the pest and are designed to be eaten or absorbed through surfaces, or carried back to the pest’s nest to kill other members of the population. They are generally safer than general household chemicals.
Preventing pests from getting into your home can be a difficult task. Some things you can do include:
Keeping food, drink and other items in sealed containers. Remove garbage regularly and store it in tightly covered trash bins. Regularly clean kitchen benches and appliances. Seal books and paper items in plastic containers. Keep garden compost in a well-sealed container. Eliminate places where mosquitoes can breed by removing standing water or making sure gutters and drainpipes are in good working order.
A pest control expert can identify the problem and recommend the most effective and safe control methods for your property. The type of treatment will depend on the kind of pest, its location and the limitations of your home or garden. Generally, it is best to work with the pests natural enemies, using traps and other deterrents where possible. This will not only be more environmentally friendly, but it is often more effective. Always follow the pesticide label’s instructions and safety warnings closely.