Since the late 1800s, chemists and entomologists have made great strides in the technology of pest control. The weapons that professional exterminators have to control insect populations today are large and diverse. They encompass cultural, genetic, physical, biological and chemical tactics. They all work in at least three of the following ways:
- They kill pests directly. Usually, this is done by exposing them to lethal substances or unsustainable environmental conditions.
- They harm the reproductive capabilities of a pest population. This is often done by modifying their environment or by restricting their movement.
- They modify the behavior of the pests to make them less bothersome. This usually involves repelling, confusing, excluding or misleading them.
Pest Control Tactics
Most of the tactics to control insect populations can be grouped into two large categories:
- Natural Controls: These controls include cold temperatures, geographical barriers and natural enemies that can keep the population from growing too large.
- Artificial Controls: Artificial controls use products made by humans to modify the population, physiology or behavior of pests. Insecticides fall into this category.
Three-quarters of US households use pesticides. Approximately one in five households will hire a professional pest control company in order to control insect infestations. Modern households no longer refer to exterminators as “Bug Men”. Today’s pest control companies are much more than just people who apply chemicals. They understand and possess the knowledge required to eradicate pests.
How To Choose a Pest Control Company
Choosing a pest control company can be a daunting task. Here are a few things to consider before making a choice:
- Qualifications: It’s best to choose a company that is licensed. You can verify a company's license by calling your state's pesticide regulatory office.
- Experience: It would be wise to choose a company that has been in business for a while. Also, ask the company representative if their company has experience treating the pests that need to be exterminated.
- Reputation: Ask friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors if they have ever used the company you are interested in hiring to exterminate the pests in your home. Additionally, consider calling the Better Business Bureau or the regulatory office of your state. They will have information concerning any recent violation or complaints to consider before you hire them.
Today’s exterminators can eradicate pests from the home in a very short time span. Insects are known germ carriers, and most people want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. A pest control company should be called as soon as these annoying creatures s begin to invade a home. Waiting too long to control insect infestations may make the problem more difficult to solve.