Pest Control Basics

Pest control refers to the process of managing a certain species usually of insects because of the detrimental effects on human health, agricultural products, ecology or the economy. Those can be anywhere from the ants creeping up in your kitchen to cockroaches living within buildings to insects covering an agricultural area and causing a decrease in productivity and agricultural yield. While most often, incidents occur with insects, it is possible that there will be a pest issue with bigger animals such as squirrels and seagulls.

photo of mouse which is a common pestPest control becomes a necessary action when you see that the problem is getting out of control and that the offending species is taking over a certain space and negatively impacting the environment.  Pests can cause diseases that affect human health or compromise the living conditions within the area.

Since infestation most often occurs because of a human activity, perhaps the most effective method of controlling pests is to treat the problem at its root cause, by removing the original causes of the increased pest population. This will ensure that the problem is avoided in the long term. However, there are cases where this becomes very difficult. Below are examples of modern methods of pest control:

Biological pest control introduces predators to hunt down pests and scare them from frequenting the space. An example would be using a cat to discourage mice from coming into homes.

Eco-Friendly treatments don’t require pesticides. Both heat and freezing treatments are now being used, when there is a concern over the use of chemical pesticides.

Mechanical control consists of physically removing the offending species or using a barrier such as fences to prevent animals from getting into the gardens.

Poison such as having poisoned foods to attract pests and kill them once they eat it. Slow acting poisons are carried back to the nest and kill much more.

Pesticides are perhaps the most common ways of pest control used in agricultural areas and mostly to eliminate insects and prevent them from growing inside and eating the produce. Pesticides are widely used by exterminators as a means of treating infestations.

Space fumigation targets all kinds of pests and is usually used when the space is badly infested. The fumes and chemicals used are usually toxic and all the residents must empty the space for few days or even weeks.

Traps are also an effective and common pest control method used today specifically to remove rats and mice from homes. They are usually a snap trap that literally traps the animal in a device, or a glued piece of cardboard. Typically a piece of cheese is used to attract the animal.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Basics
Integrated Pest Management coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage— using the most economical means while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment. Mike Raupp gives us five steps for an IPM system: building a knowledge base, monitoring your plants, making decisions, intervening, and keeping records. Incorporate IPM into your garden routine and you’ll be able to safely and organically control damaging insects.

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  3. RadLoug says:

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    These pests are so annoying it’s sinnekicg!! They got me tweaking in the nights, watching if I’ll be able to spot one walking around or even to see one trying to feed off of my toddlers!! But to make a long story short, I just wanted to express my idea of how they should be killed: It should be killed by one’s hands naturally smashing them to death! But then rumors have it that if a bedbug is killed in that fashion, that their blood carries their babies! Is it true? Does anyone know if it’s a fact or if it’s just a rumor?
    Hello,I’ve been dealing with bites for quite a few mothns now. The first initial thought was mosquito’s, then spiders, then bedbugs? Where would I get those?I did buy a BB Alert back in June or July, and it showed nothing. I hadn’t seen signs (blood smears, waste, or the bugs themselves), so I thought, Nah, couldn’t be. On the 4th, I was removing my bedding to wash, and out of curiosity, I lifted up my box spring (I never realized I didn’t have a mattress, and that I’d been sleeping on a box spring) and looked and on the side was this tiny insect, just walking by (and this was in full daylight). I caught it on a piece of masking tape and placed it in a zippered baggie. I believe I saw one other bug, but I couldn’t catch it. It was the same color.What has thrown my dad and I off is that it looks like no bedbug we’ve seen a picture of. It does have 6 legs, and it has antennae but I haven’t seen the probosci it would use to draw blood with.The other photo is a size comparison.I am so, so grossed out and even though whatever it is isn’t my fault, I still feel ashamed that I should even think that something like this is wandering around in my family’s house. As I type, I am fearing sending this photo (though whatever the case, my box spring is now in a bed bug blocker encasement, and my new pillow was stuffed into an encasement before it entered my room). I know it’s silly to be scared, but I am, anyway Thanks so much for your time and help! Even an e-mail response would be appreciated (although I am sure that you are all busy, so I apologize for being demanding fear will do that to you!)!

  15. Renee says:

    This is for Renee: So sorry to read that you cannot resnopd to me because I think that DDT’s resistance is propaganda. Well, you do not know me and just because I have a view different than yours that you just shut down. I was happy to read your post right after mine and Sams saying that Mr. Potter asked the EPA to bring back banned things. We cannot agree on the DDT issue and that’s fine. But, that doesn’t mean that we cannot write about other issues in a civilized manner. I never wrote anything bad about anyone here and once a person writes against someone views, then I guess it’s okay to write irate things about that person, which I think is wrong. I’m a college-educated w/honors person and am not stupid. Seeing and reading about the adverse and strong reactions to bed bug bites gets me fuming as to why this is not considered a health hazard. Just because it does not cause death, but I think that bed bugs are a severe hazard and not just a nuisance. I believe they can cause death and physical and emotional pain and the government and the people need to wake up hence my name!I hope I can keep posting in the future about my views without being harrassed and downgraded with words, especially people in the pco profession who should show some professionalism.So Renee, I’m not going to bite your head off, so-to-speak. You should write your response if you will. If not, I’ll understand.

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    • Serdar says:

      later I was being bitten again. On my body, face and scalp. It’s driving me mad. I have photos attached of bites and also of two bugs I found. I am hoping you can give me a clue what this could be either by the bites or the bug. I have never found any on my bed visually. I also have had numerous canine inspections since the, and they found nothing.But yet I am still getting bitten and feeling quite desperate. Please reply as soon as you can. The worst is that even after I tell my doctor or pest control this they tend to just treat me like they don’t believe me, it’s very frustrating.I have attached several photos of bites and 2 bugs. The bites are shown on my face and on my lower back.Thanks,Katrina

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    Hello!My husband and I rltnecey stayed out of town with our 5 month old. About 9 days after returning my husband woke up with numerous bites all over him however, I didn’t have anything. I figured he got into something outside, but the next day he received more bites We washed our sheets and sprayed all over the room. My husband no longer got any bites, but now I have really tiny bumps popping up. They are probably the size of a ball point pen head. They do not itch, but I feel like I feel them at night but get up to find nothing We have not found a single trace of the bug yet but have no other way if describing why my husband got all bit up I read they are hard to find, so we are thinking about hiring the dog to come sniff around I an attaching a picture of the small bump/bite?? that I had when I woke up this morning. It seems small and not quite as angry as most of the pictures I have seen.. What do you think??Update: 9/9/11Turns out we did have bed bugs! We opted for the heat treatment.

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    • Antok says:

      We had them I got them from a high class hotel in Maine and took them back to California with me. UGgggg. I got misdiagnosed with all this awful sink prelboms until my pharmacist pegged it!!! My friend Linda told me how to use DE to get rid of it and that was the ONLY thing that worked. We used steam, expensive pesticides lots of washing vacuuming and cleaning and this was the only thing. But it was a lot of work making sure we did it right. You can beat this, don’t give up! xoxo Mary

  21. bugs says:

    The bed bug task force which is now not called a task force but a bed bug ardosivy board, and whose members haven’t been appointed yet, not sure what the holdup is is going to be 5 appointees and 5 NYC agency people. Their job will be to make recommendations for the City Council and for the Mayor. These recommendations will be around prevention, education, garbage rules, tracking infestations, etc. They are supposed to write a comprehensive report making specific recommendations. The appointed members of the task force will not get paid. About overscheduled technicians, I guess I would agree on that. One of the things we want to see but something the industry is very resistant to is specialized training of technicians and pest control operators, so that they learn about bed bugs and how to inspect and how to treat for bed bugs. As you must know, not everyone knows what they’re doing. Because things are so bad, everyone must know what they’re doing. It’s not a matter of simply hiring the good companies, which is what the industry thinks people should do. It’s about making sure there are as few unforced errors as possible.

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