The process of controlling pests or organisms that act as a disturbance to most homesteads is referred to as pest control. Pests such as insects, plants, germs or other organisms tend to interfere with our normal or 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. In order to control pests effectively, one requires knowledge on the pest as well as its habits. For one to formulate effective strategies for pest control, they need to identify the pest as well as its lifestyle. All the pest control measures that people take are grouped into mechanical, biological, physical as well as chemical methods.
When one uses other organisms in order to eradicate pests, they are implementing biological pest control measures. 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. By introducing the organism into the pests’ natural habitat, one is able to get rid of these harmful pests. 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.
Hands-on techniques and use of various devices or equipment is what is implemented when it comes to mechanical control. The devices that one uses puts up a barrier between the insects and pests. One of the ways one can use mechanical pest control measures to get rid of pests is by crop rotation. Since pests tend to feed on host plants, crop rotation helps to get rid of the plants thereby getting rid of the pests as well. Pests such as mice and rats are better controlled by using things such as baits and traps. Once one gets the traps, they can place food particles with poison as bait on them in order to attract the mice from 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. In doing so, one is safe from coming into contact with the chemicals. When dealing with large numbers of pests, one should result to using pesticides.
One shouldn’t try to get rid of pests without help. One should call in a pest control company or exterminator to handle it.