Neglecting to deal with pest problems can not only cause irreversible damage to homes and/or businesses, but many pests transmit diseases that can affect humans and animals alike.
Indeed, it has been a human concern dating as far back as initial agricultural settlements.
From insects that bite or destroy buildings to mice in our food sources, humans have a storied history with pests of all kinds.
Fortunately, today there are many pest control methods available to home and business owners.
Most methods fall into one of the following categories: bait, traps, fumigation, insecticide, and organic control.
On the other hand, the layperson may experience a lot of difficulty eradicating a pest problem, especially if s/he does not know which pests respond best to which methods.
Not only should you be certain about the type of pest you are controlling, but also the best methods for control.
Mice and cockroaches can be very easy to identify and most supermarkets and hardware stores sell a variety of control methods from poisoned food to traps that can help destroy (or relocate) these nuisance creatures.
On the other hand, certain pests can be much more difficult to identify and you may find yourself in a position where you need to contact a qualified professional.
If you have tried to rid yourself of a pest problem but have not achieved the level of success you had desired, you may also want to call in the professionals.
Pest control professionals are trained, certified, and much more experienced at identifying the sources of pest problems.
Homeowners should be especially careful when employing fumigation or insecticides to destroy pests.
Many of these products rely on poisons that can be harmful to pets and children.
Professionals help to ensure the safety of your home by using the proper techniques and by specifically targeting the pest creating issues.
For example, rat poisoning is widely available in hardware stores but may also kill other animals.
A professional would evaluate your home and the pest and choose a more acceptable alternative such as bait or traps.
In addition, homeowners may not be qualified to properly apply a pest control technique.
For example, fumigation may involve treating your home to ensure not only complete coverage in your home but also containment of pesticides.
This process can be very complicated and since you will be using a poison gas it is best to seek professional assistance.
Finally, professional pest control services will often offer a variety of alternatives for ridding your home of unwanted creatures.
For the environmentally minded homeowner, many companies offer more humane services including live traps allowing for pests to be relocated.
Furthermore, eco-friendly pest control methods may repel or destroy pests without the use of harsh chemicals.
Because of the dangers often associated with killing pests, homeowners are always encouraged to seek a qualified, experienced professional to help control pest problems.