Pests, however vexing or troublesome they can be, play an important role in the environment. However, if not properly controlled, they pose health risks to us and our family. Some of the usual household pests are cockroaches, termites, ants and rats. Unfortunately, you can’t completely get rid of them. What you can only do is keep them in check.
There are different ways and strategies that you can employ in household pest management. You can choose from chemical and non-chemical options in pest control. There are instances where non-chemical is best compared with the chemical alternative, and vice-versa.
Importance of Pest Control
Reports show that rats bite at least 45,000 Americans each year. They also create house fires when they get a good gnaw of your electrical wires. Moreover, they are the source of countless diseases, such as leptospirosis, plague and typhus.
Insect bites affect a lot of people. In fact, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said that at least 2 million Americans are allergic to insects, in which 40, at the minimum, die from insect bites each year.
People who are sensitive to cockroaches can experience chronic wheezing and runny nose when in contact with these pests. In addition, they contaminate food and cause asthma among children. Cockroaches are known carrier of salmonella, clostridia, staphylococci and streptococcus.
Pest management entails measures in preventing pest damage. This involves dissemination of information regarding pests and approaches to pest control. By being aware of different pest control strategies, it gives us an array of options to choose from that we think is best under certain instances.
There are different steps under pest management. The first is to determine your pest problem. You should know what kind of pest you’re being confronted with. This way, you will be able to come up with an effective and cost-efficient strategy in getting rid of them.
The next step would be to establish how much pest control you will need. If you want to eliminate all pests, which is next to impossible, this may require a lot of chemicals in and out of your house. Ask yourself how ready you are for this. Following this, study your options. Should you go for the chemical way, the non-chemical approach, or a mix of both? Remember that each approach has its pros and cons, so make sure to weigh them.
The last step is to make an assessment. Evaluate the pre-treatment and post-treatment pest situation in your house. Consider if long-term or short-term chemical pest control is the best for your home.