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Types of Pest Control: Advantages and Characteristics
Pest control is a necessity for all Pacific Northwest residents. Spiders, cockroaches, rodents, ants, termites, and other threats constantly invade our homes, so we are often required to hire professional help.
In order to make the right decision, we need to be well-informed. Most people think pest control is just about spraying chemicals around your house to get rid of insects and unwanted guests. However, all madness has its methods, so we put together a quick and easy guide on the types of pest control, their advantages, and their characteristics.
Mechanical Pest Control
The four main types of residential pest control methods are mechanical, biological, chemical, and natural pest control. The first type of pest control we will discuss is mechanical pest control. Mechanical pest removal means to directly remove or kill pests. It’s a quick and easy fix for certain types of pests, mainly big mammals like rats and squirrels. It can also be an effective method to treat small-scale insect infestations that are confined to one place, as long as there is direct access to the nesting grounds.
Mechanical pest control is a popular solution in vegetable gardens and small orchards. Birds, certain beetle species, and insects can easily be removed or killed using this method. If you are dealing with a large-scale pest problem, this may not be the best solution for you. Same goes for pests that don’t nest, or if the nest is out of reach.
Biological pest control methods are widely preferred on large scales like farm and food production facilities. Biological pest control consists of introducing a pest’s natural predators, parasites, or pathogens. For instance, introducing a certain species of gecko in an area infested by insects. The geckos will naturally eradicate the insects, so you can avoid using chemicals and other synthetic methods.
The downside to biological pest control is that it can have a huge impact on the environment. Introducing a foreign predator to the environment can have unforeseen consequences, and the predators may become a pest themselves. Biological pest control methods need to be thoroughly assessed and planned, and should not be taken on as a DIY project. Needless to say, this method works best when used for vegetable and crop farms or on a small, natural scale, such as obtaining a cat for rodent control on your property.
Chemical Pesticides and Pest Control
Chemical pesticides are the most common type of pest control methods, especially for various types of bugs and insects. They are synthetic compounds that kill or inhibit pest development and are designed to target specific pests. Chemical pesticides vary in strength and are often poisonous for other organisms and plants.
Today, pesticides are a popular method to treat residential and industrial pests. They tend to be safe as long as they are used by qualified professionals. Pest control specialists will usually give indications on what to do if you, your family members, or your pets are exposed to pesticides. As long as you follow instructions to the tee, pesticides offer an affordable and safe solution for pests of all kinds.
Natural and Organic Pest Control Methods
Natural and organic pest control methods are similar to pesticides, but are derived from plants and natural extracts. They are considered to be healthier alternatives to chemical pesticides as they only tend to be harmful to a single type of pest. However, natural pest control methods are not always as effective as chemical pesticides. Needless to say, natural and organic pesticides are regarded as being the “safer” method as they are not harmful to other organisms and plants.
Preventing Pest Development
Preventive measures are by far the most efficient way of dealing with pests. Generally speaking, taking steps to avoid creating pest friendly conditions, pests are not as likely to invade your home. We often host pest-friendly conditions without even knowing. Attics, crawl spaces, and other rarely trafficked areas are good examples.
Most pests thrive in dark, humid areas like crawl spaces and attics. Moreover, if your attic or crawl space are not properly insulated they will most likely host pests like ants, termites, spiders and rodents.
Waste accumulation and clutter also encourage pest infestations, so organize your garage and other high-clutter areas to prevent pests from calling your house their home.
Of course, pest invasion can also happen through no fault of the property owner — it’s simply a part of life. If you need pest control service, and you are not sure which is the best for you, call our team of qualified specialists today. We have vast experience servicing the PNW, and our staff will be more than glad to help you find the best solution for your pest problem. Simply fill out our online contact form or give us a call now!