An Overview Of Modern Pest Control


Since the banning of DDT in the 1970’s, pest control has come a long way, with the dominant focus being on moving away from the use of chemicals with unhealthy toxins that may compromise the health of humans and domestic pets. The emphasis has consequently shifted more towards safety, with organic pest control and methods involving the use of 100% natural products at the spotlight. With safe, effective and easy-to-use pest control products regularly being introduced into the market, do it yourself pest control (pest control without the assistance of professionals) is also on the rise.

specialized pest control companies may have taken a knock by the rising popularity of DIY pest management, however they have certainly not been without work. 2011 saw the rise of one of the worst bed bug epidemics in recorded history, particularly in the United States. Often, harsh infestations of bed bugs are beyond the capability or willingness of most homeowners to take on alone and in these situations homeowners have greater piece of mind by when calling in professionals, albeit they always have to part with a substantial sum of money to do so. Termites are another kind of pest that homeowners feel more comfortable about receiving specialized help with as termites are by their character and number a pest which usually requires more specialized attention. If left unchecked, termite infestations can literally bring a home down in ruins.

Generally speaking, small to moderate infestations are usually capable of being handled by simple DIY techniques. Although proper application of DIY techniques can be quite time consuming, many of these methods, coupled with use of the right products, are nonetheless effective and always more affordable than hiring specialized help, making them a favourable different to the latter.

The most appropriate pest management method in a particular situation, and any products used in the implementation of that method, will depend on the kind of pest in question. Typically however, a pest control campaign include at the minimum one of two things, namely, the application of some kind of poison and/or the deployment of a trap designed to attract the pest and afterward kill it either by starvation or poisoning.

However there is another method of pest control which is becoming increasingly popular and which requires neither traps nor poison. Sometimes referred to as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) this technique involves the management of pests by introducing into their ecosystem natural predators that prey on them. This method is attractive because it provides a solution to pest problems that is self-sufficient and which does not require application of insecticides. There is also certainly something to be said about taking care of pest problems the way character intended.

In a gardening context, predators which prey on garden pests are called ‘advantageous insects’ and they are a tremendous help in keeping pest populations in check. Lady bugs are very successful predators of mites and aphids, a shared garden pest. Birds are also particularly advantageous for unwanted bugs like caterpillars, cutworms and slugs. In this regard, there have been increasing reports of guinea fowl doing an exceptionally good job of keeping unwanted bugs in check.

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