The Exterminator’s best Friends, i.e. the Tools of Their Trade
Today’s exterminators and pest control specialists have an arsenal of combatants for the elimination of numerous pests. Since no two pests or pest infestations are ever alike, it makes sense that different methods or techniques are required to eliminate them and prevent their return in the future. Furthermore, extensive training is required so that the exterminator is thoroughly familiar with each method or technique. Listed below are the most common ones in use today.
Baited traps – depending on the pest, a particular poison is placed within what is called a “bait station” to entice them. The idea or intention is for the pest to consume the bait and transport some back to the colony or nest and infect the others so they perish as well. An over-the-counter example of this would be the Raid “roach motel”. However, professional bait stations are far more effective.
Diatomaceous earth – although DE can be purchased over-the-counter, some pest control services use this to exterminate certain pests. Diatomaceous earth is a compound whose primary ingredient is algae skeletons. DE breaks down the outer, waxy layers of the insect and eventually kills it.
Fumigants – fumigation is another popular method for eradicating larger infestations. The process involves completely sealing off a house or office building and filling it with pesticides or poisonous gases. This is the ideal method for tackling larger infestations more effectively and efficiently. It is also used for the elimination of just about every type of pest including everything from flying insects to spiders.
Kill and no-kill traps – traps are commonly used on smaller pest infestations and are not designed for eradicating larger populations. Additionally, there are also traps that were designed for catch-and-release purposes or “no-kill” traps. The more common types of traps include:
• Electronic traps – utilize light to attract and kill certain pests (“bug zappers”)
• Spring-loaded traps – includes traditional mouse and rat traps
• Sticky traps – effective against numerous pest varieties
Poisonous sprays – when you have an infestation that is confined to a specific area of the home, spray poisons can be extremely effective for exterminating a wide range of annoying and disgusting insects. However, it is essential to talk with experts before you spray it around.
As a commercial property owner or homeowner, there are certain measures that you can take in order to control pest infestations and prevent them from occurring in the future such as:
• Exclusion methods – weather stripping and window screens
• Habitat modification – removal of plants and weeds from a home’s perimeter
• Regular housekeeping – helps to eliminate pest food sources
The best way to control pest infestations and prevent future invasions is to hire a pest control service for preventative pest control maintenance and routine inspections. By discovering a problem early on and eliminating, you will save a great deal of money in the long run. Remember, the best defense is a good offense. However, if you have questions or queries or need a professional, don’t hesitate to call in the specialists.