Pest control is an unpleasant chore around the house, but one that must be taken care of to maintain proper sanitation. Pests like fruit flies, cockroaches, and rodents like rats are not just annoying, but carry a multitude of diseases. Regular and vigilant home pest control is crucial to annihilating the threats from pests and rodents.
A number of approaches should be pursued concurrently to address the problem of pests. The first of these is proper garbage disposal and house cleaning. Dirty spaces attract pests by the truckload. In addition, letting garbage pile up in the trash collection area without disposing of it only provides opportunities for pests to feast on the trash and thrive. Secondly, you should institute regular fumigation and pest spraying. Active pest control of this kind kills off the pests and ensures they have to start again from scratch with each infestation. In the meantime, you enjoy bug-free summer barbeques.
Fruit Fly Pest Control
Fruit flies are a particular menace in the summer months. Beginning in spring, the warmer temperatures provide an ideal breeding ground for fruit flies. The appearance of fruit and edible plants in the outdoors makes food plentiful and easy to obtain for these nasty pests. They will then buzz in at the windows of the house, particularly the kitchen, drawn by the scent of more food inside.
Fruit flies are particularly obstinate because fruit fly eggs take only a day or two to hatch. An adult female fruit fly will lay as many as 500 eggs at a time. This makes the rapid multiplication of a fruit fly population truly exponential.
You should bring in a pest control team to spray for fruit flies and beef up your waste disposal system to determine improvements. Long-term control of fruit flies relies on starving the pests by getting rid of their food sources. Spraying will kill them off in sharp bursts which helps alleviate the immediate problem.
Cockroaches Pest Control
Cockroaches crawl over food and house surfaces where they can spread diseases or infections. Having them around the house poses a very real health hazard, and this is one reason why it is essential to call in a cockroach spraying team. Spraying for cockroaches kills the adults and damages the cockroaches still in early development. As a result, you might be able to completely eradicate cockroaches around your house for long stretches of time.
Your other options include spraying for cockroaches yourself inside the house using house sprays. These are effective for small spaces and small populations of cockroaches. For example, spraying a kitchen area with a retail spray will kill some cockroaches that are not well-hidden. However, where a lasting infestation of cockroaches has taken hold, finding their hiding places and flushing them out for good will require professional cockroach terminators.
Using Chemicals for Pest Control
Modern infestation control planning makes extensive use of chemicals for pest control. This is because the pests are hard to extract via non-lethal means. Traps are another form of pest control, but they typically do not attract the pests in large enough quantities to massacre a sufficient share of the population at once. As such, the surviving population retains critical mass to keep reproducing rapidly and causing a growing menace.
Fortunately, the use of chemicals is, often, much more effective a solution. Chemicals can seep into hard-to-reach areas. They can propagate through the air, or liquid, or, in some cases, be spread onto surfaces or even food.
Some chemicals commonly used in pest control are:
- Boric acid
These are lethal for pests and can completely eradicate pests from the home. You can call in an expert team to spray, or you can buy the chemicals and do the spraying yourself at home.
How to Use Boric Acid for Pest Control
Boric acid is an effective pest control substance for cockroaches, ants, water bugs, silverfish and fungal organisms that grow on moist surfaces. You can buy boric acid as a powder, then mix it with water for spraying or apply it as a dust. Care must be exercised should you be handling boric acid for pest control because this chemical and others like it are toxic for humans too.
Always wear the correct eye protection and gloves, in order to avoid exposure of the hands or eyes. You should also avoid ingestion or inhalation of the boric acid. Under no condition should you eat any food that has been brought into contact with boric acid as it can cause serious illness for both adults and children.