Pest control is an important step in the protection of a home. No one wants bugs or any sort of pest invading their home, causing problems, and even harming those in the home. It offers a piece of mind knowing that your home is free from invaders of the insect variety.
There are many types of pests that can encroach on your personal space. Some of the biggest culprits are spiders, scorpions, ants, and cockroaches. Ants and cockroaches are nuisance pests that have some risk of spreading diseases. Scorpions and some types of spiders, however, can be very harmful to human health. Pest control can eliminate these risks, but it can also cause problems in and of itself. The chemicals used in controlling insect invaders can be harmful to people and their pets, so it is important that treatments are done with safe, effective chemicals and by someone trained to use them. Otherwise, you could be just as much at risk as if you left the pests alone.
Roaches are notoriously nasty pests and can be hazardous to human health. They leave behind feces, lost body parts, old body shells, and saliva, which accumulate as an infestation spreads. This is not only a disgusting fact, but of great concern when the infestation is in your home. Allergic reactions and diseases, as well as respiratory problems can all be brought on by such an infestation, not to mention the musty odor that these pests emit. It is no wonder so many people cannot stand the idea of a cockroach in their home, much less a whole colony of them. But, how can a population be eliminated?
Maintaining a clean home combined with general pest control solutions are not sufficient when dealing with roaches. They are very hearty insects and there are special procedures specific to certain species. It is critical to know which type(s) of roaches you are dealing with to create the most effective treatment plan. These plans can become complicated and expensive very quickly. Placement of the chemicals and traps is also critical in the elimination of cockroaches. Treatment cannot stop inside the home. The perimeter and yard of the residence must also be treated to prevent the roaches from coming back.
Spiders are often the pests that cause homeowners to seek help. They can be a nuisance in both residential and commercial settings, and are even nasty enough to have warrant a phobia- arachnophobia. Some species of spiders are venomous and their bites can be just painful, while others can lead to festering open wounds that don’t heal for weeks, and some, if not taken care of properly, can even lead to death. Whatever the case, spiders are unwanted guests in the presence of humans.
It is not as difficult to get rid of these pests as it is to get rid of others such as ants, but special arachnicides, instead of pesticides, as well as a few special steps are needed to properly control an infestation. Special safety measures should also be taken when dealing with certain species, such as the black widow. It is also a good idea to get rid of the other pests that are food sources to the spiders, or there is a risk they will find their way back. This can become somewhat extensive depending on the severity of infestations.
Ants may not be as harmful to humans as some other insects, but they truly can be a problem. They can infest a home and invade one’s living space by creating multiple colonies with thousands of ants each. Many species of ants are aggressive and have nasty bites. Other species can infest a home by creating colonies in wooden beams or similar objects causing structural damage. Whatever the species and whatever the severity of an infestation, ants are not wanted withing the walls of a living space.
Ants are some of the most difficult pests to control for many reasons. Treatments are very species specific because of their preferences for different food sources as well as their varying living habits. Treatments are also very season specific. What controls a fire ant population in the summer, may not control a fire ant population in the fall. Special precautions must be taken to ensure an infestation is eliminated. In some circumstances applying pesticide can actually worsen the problem, so it is important to identify what species you are dealing with and where the colonies, mainly the parent colony, are located. Then proper treatment must be applied and followed up to make sure the problem is under control.