While a good control method is always a must, preventing the presence of a pest is always preferable. In many cases, the presence of a particular pest can be predicted and preventive measures can be taken to avoid their occurrence. Pests that are consistent, sporadic or migratory, or those that attack vegetation may be controlled regularly. Potential pests may also require control under specific conditions. If these circumstances are present in your home, it is a good idea to consider pest control measures for your home or business.
Genetic control is another alternative, although this is not widely known as other methods. Autocide is a genetic control method whereby sterile males are introduced into the population to produce infertile eggs, which reduces the pest’s competitive viability. Genetic manipulation is another technique used to create pest-resistant plant strains. However, it can be expensive and raise ethical concerns. Some homeowners may not want to use such a technique in their home.
Pyrethrum is a popular ingredient in fly spray. Pyrethrum daisies are a natural way to repel flies, but they are also effective against other pests as well. Planting a pyrethrum daisy near your front or back door will repel flies as well as other insects. If you can’t find a pest control method that works for you, try putting out a few potted plants in strategic places of your home.
Biological control, on the other hand, relies on living organisms to control the pest. For example, parasites and plant pathogens feed on Colorado potato beetle larvae, and bacteria infect a variety of insects and plants. Using these agents is a less expensive, less risky method than chemical control, and it is better for the environment, as well as your family. If biological control doesn’t work, you can always import natural enemies from another country.
Chemical and physical controls can also be effective. Pesticides that use chemical means are best used by licensed professionals. Bombs and foggers can cause serious health problems and should only be used by a pest control specialist. Some chemical pesticides can cause cancer, so always be sure to read labels. Also, don’t forget to cover fish tanks before using aerosol pesticides, since these products are toxic to birds. These are just some of the ways to keep pests away from your home or business.
Biological control methods are most effective when they use a combination of techniques. Biological methods include plant exclusion, crop rotation, sanitation, and natural predators. The latter method is best for organic farmers, as it is more environmentally friendly. Biological control is not as effective as chemical techniques and may also cause unintended consequences on non-target organisms. If you have a pest problem, the best way to control it is to eliminate the cause, not the symptoms.
There are various types of pests that can attack your home, such as birds, mice, rats, and cockroaches. Other organisms that share the same habitat as humans can be considered pests. Controlling them is possible through physical removal and exclusion, as well as chemical means. Some pests are biological and can be controlled by sterilisation programs. For example, red weaver ants have long been used to control pests in Southeast Asia, Africa, and China.