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Tips For Tackling The Pest Control War

English: Ants feeding on an American cockroach.

Most of us have had an experience with a nuisance we need to get rid of fast. Perhaps you need help getting rid of ants, cockroaches, or the little brother knocking down your door. Although I cannot help you with the latter, there are many approaches to getting rid of pests that like to make their habitation in our own living spaces. Unfortunately, pests can often mistake homes, offices, and sheds as their own homes. When ignored or unnoticed, the problem can worsen and become increasingly difficult to get rid of.

At first, cockroaches may only be a few in number, but with their rapid multiplication rates, they can increase to thousands in just months. Small rodents can leave minimal proof and go unnoticed, but they can spread disease and infection throughout an entire household. For all those living in a home, eating in public restaurants, or working in an office, proper skills are needed to combat these unpleasant foes. Ready to engage in the epic battle of human vs. pest? Take up your chemicals, poison, traps and get ready to fight!

Possible Pest Situations   

Pest can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as termites, wasps, bats, flies, cockroaches, or even raccoons. The first step to practical pest control is to be aware of your location’s history of pests. It’s as simple as this: If your neighbor has had a lot of problems with ants, don’t leave unsealed food out. Simply being aware of the presence of pests will help to avoid the infestation in the first place. On the other hand, pest infestations often come unexpectedly and unannounced, so it is important to have the right tools to deal with the task at hand. Depending on whether your pest is a snake, skunk, or an army of ants, the various prevention methods could look very different from each other. The process for exterminating ants involves sealing all open containers, setting poisonous traps, and cleaning with lemon citracide. However, when trying to rid the area of snakes or skunks, a much more extensive process must be used. For both animals, you should rid the area of its food sources and naturally occurring safe havens. If the animal or pests will not leave or the situation becomes dangerous, it is best to consult a professional pest control company in your area.

English: An American Cockroach photographed in...

Knowledge is Power

Pest control can be a pain, but in the end, you have to do what you have to do. Taking all possible preventative measures is the best form of pest control; if you can keep them from getting inside in the first place, everything is going to be a lot easier. Certain areas have higher tendencies toward particular pest problems, so knowledge of the location’s history is highly beneficial. However, when you find yourself trapped in a grueling war of human vs. pest, you have to take up your ammo and get the job done. This might look like setting up traps, clearing your lawn, or calling the Swat Team to take out the flies. Tools for battle are easily accessible online or through word of mouth. Regardless of the ammo you choose, just remember one thing; you’re going to want to win this war.

 

Tiffany Olson lives, works, and plays in Northern California. By day she works at a small (but growing!) firm where her primary objective is to educate folks on a wide variety of topics including pest control in Union City. During her off time you will usually find her climbing trees or hanging out with good friends.

 

How To Detect Cockroach Infestation

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach)

Cockroaches, like rats, are nocturnal pests. This means that they’ll only come out at night to scavenge for food, the reason why it’s rare to see them in broad daylight. If you see one during the day, then it means only one thing. There’s a cockroach infestation in your home, and you need to do something to get rid of them.

Dangers of Cockroaches

You don’t want cockroaches in your home. They are known carriers of a variety of pathogenic organisms that cause diseases. If you have a weak or compromised immune system, then you have more than just a cockroach bite to worry about. You are also at risk for severe allergic reaction, asthma attack, gastrointestinal problems, skin allergies, salmonella infection, typhoid, poliomyelitis, dysentery, and other serious diseases. It is for these reasons why it’s important that you get rid of cockroaches in your home.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

As mentioned earlier, cockroaches usually scavenge for food at night, so it’s rare to see one during the day. However, there are some signs that you can look for to confirm the presence of cockroaches.

Those little black pellets that you see in nooks and crannies, under large furniture, under the kitchen sink, and behind the stove or the refrigerator are not spilled coffee grounds nor are they black pepper. These are cockroach feces made by smaller roaches, while large cockroaches produce cylindrical-shaped feces. If you see little black pellets resembling black pepper or coffee grounds littering the floor, especially the kitchen and areas that are dark and damp, then you can expect a cockroach infestation.

Upon entering a room that you rarely use, like the attic or the basement, do you smell a strong, musty scent? If you answered yes, then there is a very high likelihood that your home has a cockroach infestation. Roaches emit pheromones – a very unpleasant, oily and musty scent – that attract other roaches for mating, and a very strong scent is a very good indicator of just how severe the cockroach infestation is.

The number of cockroach carcasses littering the property is also a good indicator of a roach infestation, so is the number of oothecae or cockroach eggs found in nooks and crannies. This means that the population of cockroaches is thriving in your home. They’re breeding and dying, and since cockroaches can lay up to 14 egg capsules per mating period, each capsule containing about 16 eggs, you’ll soon have hundreds of them infesting your home if you don’t do anything to get rid of them.

Getting Rid of Roaches

Cockroach prevention is easy. You only have to maintain a clean home and yard; seal up holes and cracks that cockroaches can crawl through; remove their water and food source; set traps, among others, and you’re home will be roach-free.

However, for severe cockroach infestation, you’ll need the help of experts. They can get rid of the whole cockroach population in your home and leave your home protected against these pests for months. Since most pest control companies use products to totally get rid of them, you need to ask the company if the products they’re using are green, organic, and environmentally-friendly.

Jennifer Daggett regularly writes for admiralpest.com.

 

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