Tips For Pest Control

What Exactly Does a Pest Control Professional Do that’s So Special?

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If you’re someone who easily turns to the shelves of the local Home Depot for some kind of poison the moment you see a creepy-crawly, you need to hold yourself in check. Dealing with a pest infestation is never easy, not even for pest management control professionals (which is what the best-trained exterminators are called). They routinely consult with entomologists and other experts to put together strategies to get rid of infestations with as little poisonous chemical used as possible.

Studies show that untrained homeowners using indiscriminate quantities of over-the-counter pesticides tend to expose their children to extremely high health risk, including that of cancer. One study in Pediatrics recently pointed to increased risk by 47% of childhood cancer. Most pesticides available over-the-counter are not tested for effectiveness, and applications are usually useless unless one knows a lot about pests and the best ways to bait them. Effective pesticide application is about technique, rather than choice of poison.

A few home remedies work, and it’s important to try them out

When you look around the Internet, you can’t fail to notice ideas for dozens of different home pest repellent methods. From peppermint oil for mites to ultrasonic devices for mice, there’s no end of ideas to try. While these methods are hardly reliable, they do work sometimes, and are worth a try. Once you do your bit to try the options available and to make sure that you maintain a clean kitchen, it’s time to call in the professionals. If you’re curious about what it is the professionals are able to do that you can’t, here are a few insights.

Safer use of chemicals

Professionals bring to each job in-depth knowledge of the specific pest habits. For instance, while the DIYer might indiscriminately apply pesticide to a wasp’s nest during the day when there is plenty of light, a professional would know to do it after dusk — when the wasps are actually in the nest. Once a nest is destroyed, professionals will also make sure that the hole that it is built into his properly sealed up to prevent new nests from turning up. DIYers will usually neglect this vital step, which usually ends up in the repeated need for use of toxic chemicals.

Professionals will also use their experience and knowledge to look for entry points for pests such as roaches, rodents or ants. It wouldn’t be possible for the DIYer to do this. There tend to be far fewer infestations when entry points are properly sealed off. This results in fewer instances where there is need for the application of chemicals.

Professionals know how to zero in on places you wouldn’t expect

Silverfish congregate behind bathroom radiators and any place with dead leaves. Ants hide out inside electrical outlets. Cockroaches like water and gas lines, and drains. Targeting the right areas can take a great deal of know-how.

It should begin to be clear at this point why professional work tends to be for more effective. Targeting tests is like waging war. You need strategy, know-how, technology and Braveheart. Nothing works without these resources.


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