Know What All Your Pest Control Options Are
Pest control isn’t something we typically think about. At least, until we already see issues. Issues like ants in the kitchen, or termites in the walls, or beetles in the garden. The best thing you can do is take preventive measures to protect your home.
If your home is under siege, what pest control methods are safest and which are most effective? Of course, you also need to decide if you take on the problem yourself or call in the professionals.
Here are a few different methods to take into consideration.
Non-toxic Pest Control
If your health is your focus or the earth’s well-being is your goal, then non-toxic pest control is the best option for you.
These alternatives to the more common chemical substances offer less to worry about.
If your problem is with termites try nematodes or sand barriers. Want to keep your plants free from insect harm? Oil sprays, sticky traps, and floating row covers are effective options.
Chemical Pest Extermination
Chemical pesticides are the first thing people tend to turn to when they need to control pests. They are cheap, easy to find, fast-acting, and seasonally efficient.
In the short term, these all sound like major advantages. Over a period of time, the chemical method may cause health problems.
They can effect those exposed to it and the environmental damages can be many. This will also not be a permanent fix since pests build up a resistance to these chemicals over time. Pesticides labels are marked either natural or synthetic. Both options contain toxins from existing species or from a lab.
Biological Pest Control
Biological pest control is another effective organic method. When managed correctly and under the right circumstances, it can make a huge difference. Biological pest control involves using other living entities, such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi, to naturally target and prey on the pests. This tends to be a long-term management process as pests cannot develop a resistance to their predators. No harmful chemicals are used and the cost-effectiveness is a big bonus. Unfortunately, biological pest control can take a while to establish. Plus, the results need to have careful supervision.
Each of these pest control methods are viable options. It’s up to you to decide which is best for accommodating you and your home.