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5 Different Types of Pest Control Methods

Pest Control Methods

Generally speaking, pest control must be approached from a multitude of directions if it is to be truly effective.  There are a number of pest control methods you may use, and each of them has its own set of advantages and drawbacks.  In order to develop the best pest control plan for your particular circumstances, it is important that you weigh out all of your options.  So, just what do you have to choose from when it comes to keeping pests at bay?  Here are five different types of pest control methods:

Prevention

This should be a part of your pest control plan no matter what, for there is no arguing that the best way to counter pest problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place.  There are three basic steps to prevention: sealing off all possible pest entryways, cutting off any food sources that may attract and sustain pests, and making sure your home is not a pest-breeding environment.

Baiting

Pest baiting involves using a bait (which may be a pesticide, an organic substance like diatomaceous earth, or even a common kitchen pantry item) to attract insects into traps.  Some baits actually involve allowing the pests to feed on poisons which they will then bring back to their colonies, in effect poisoning the entire population.

Beneficial insects

This type of pest control is best for outdoor use.  We all know that there are certain pests that love to prey on outdoor foliage and garden plants.  What some may not know is that there are also insects that prey on those pests, and that you can order those beneficial insects through a catalog and put them in your yard to counter pests naturally.

Chemical pest control

Of course, insecticides are a very common form of pest control, and are typically used by pest control companies, as well as homeowners.  You can purchase insecticides at any chain retailer, hardware store, or home improvement store, and then simply apply them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Traps

This is the best method for non-insect pests like mice and rats.  Traps are exactly what they sound like: ways of catching pests and holding them until you can get to the trapped pest to dispose of it.  In addition to the common mouse trap, you can also set up box traps for larger pests.

Of course, if you are not comfortable with handling your own pest control, you may opt to put your pest control into the hands of professionals like us, Double G Pest Control.

We can be reached by phone, at 217-440-2847, or by email: ggpest1@gmail.com.

 

Pests And Pest Control

Are you being invaded by pests?

Pests and pest control

There are lots of pests in this world, and at some point everyone will find themselves battling a pest. Pest can invade our garden, our home, buildings; the list goes on and on. Pests can be bugs, plants or animals. Just the mention of fleas, cockroaches, dandelions, mold, mice and rats can elicit strong emotions. Pests present a health hazard to your family, pets, and garden.

It is important to know how to properly control these pests that invade our lives. It is nearly impossible to eliminate pests, but it is imperative to control these invasive pests. There are various methods of controlling pests; these can include chemical control, biological control, mechanical methods, or a combination thereof.

Mechanical pest control

Mechanical pest control is usually the most cost effective and if implemented before a vast infestation takes place can produce desired results. Mechanical methods include hand picking (such as pulling weeds) and traps (such as a mouse trap). Mechanical methods of pest control are usually the most environmentally friendly.

Biological pest control includes insecticides that are derived from plants or other naturally occurring substances such as microorganisms.

Chemical pest control includes the use of more toxic synthetic pesticides. Chemical pest control is not environmentally friendly and is never considered as an organic method of control.

Integrated Pest Management

“Integrated Pest Management is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods, to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment”. (Proceedings of the National Integrated Pest Management Forum. 1992. American Farmland Trust)

Integrated Pest Management stresses the use of complementary methods of pest control such as the introduction of natural predators. This method of pest control is much more ecologically sound than relying on chemical methods.

The first step in pest control is to identify the problem. Particularly when plants are involved, the problem may involve poor growing conditions instead of an attack from an invasive pest. Sometimes identifying the pest is obvious, if you see a mouse scurrying across the floor it is obvious you have need for pest control. The next step is to identify how serious the infestation is, or is this just one mouse that has found its way into your home, or is there a family of mice that has taken up habitation in your home. One mouse can often easily be eradicated using a mouse trap or possibly the family cat. However if you have a large infestation of mice, you may need to resort to stronger chemical methods or find it necessary to hire a professional exterminator to rid your home of the pest problem.

Put  your pest control into the hands of professionals like us, Double G Pest Control.

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