The term “pest” is often relative, depending on what people consider a pest. For example, gardeners and pet owners consider crabgrass a weed, while others consider it a pest because it detracts from the appearance of a lawn. Insecticides are one type of pest control treatment, and biological repellents are another. Most pest infestations, such as fleas or rodents, are simple enough to treat yourself. However, if the infestation is large or includes bed bugs or termites, it is best to get pest control services. The goal of pest control is to regulate species rather than the actions of individuals.
Insecticides are toxicants that can kill many types of insects. The way that these pesticides work depends on their chemistry. Some chemicals kill certain types of insects, and others do not. These chemicals have 28 modes of action. The most common is contact toxicity. Depending on the pest, different insecticides may affect different types of insects. A pesticide with long contact toxicity may be more effective than another. However, if the insecticides are used daily, they will become ineffective.
Technical grade insecticides contain active ingredients that serve as toxicants. In addition, they are always mixed with adjuvants to increase their safety, performance, and handling characteristics. Adjuvants may be anything, including other compounds or emulsifiers. They are usually listed as “inert ingredients” but are not inactive. Many of these products have industrial secrets and patents that protect their properties.
Biological repellents are a great way to keep bugs at bay. They work by preventing pests from establishing a foothold on your property. Several repellents exist, including insecticides, biocides, and plant extracts. For example, the chemical citronella is an effective repellent against mosquitoes, and a tea made from catnip is an excellent natural repellent. Both of these products are safe for use in households without pets.
Before applying repellents, be sure to follow the label instructions carefully. Resistents with high concentrations can protect for longer, but lower concentrations may not be effective at keeping insects away. Repellents with less than 10% active ingredient may only protect you for an hour or two. They also can cause serious reactions if repeated exposures occur. Therefore, use caution when applying repellents to pets and children.
You’re not alone if you’re wondering how exterminators work in pest control. A large number of homeowners misidentify the source of their pest problems. A pest control professional can determine these and seal them to prevent future infestations. They also perform other pest control services like securing your home from weather extremes.
An exterminator inspects the area to be treated. After inspecting the area for infestation, the exterminator will determine the species of the pest, its location, and entry points. Next, they will use chemicals or natural remedies, and they may use traps to catch smaller pests. Once they have determined the source of the infestation, they will use a plan of attack to eliminate it. For a home or business, an exterminator might recommend several treatments.
The WDIR inspection is a comprehensive process for determining whether your home has wood-destroying insects (WDIs). These bugs can do a lot of damage and sometimes go undetected, causing significant structural damage to your home. It is especially important for coastal homes, as pre-treatment of these insects is required upon construction. In addition, annual inspections are recommended for coastal properties.
A wood-destroying insect report is crucial to the buying process. This inspection provides a detailed description of wood-destroying insects in a structure, both alive and dead. Whether active or dead, WDIRs are a good way to find pest problems before purchasing a property. It’s also helpful for home buyers trying to sell their property or refinance their existing mortgage.
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