What is Pest Control?
Pest control is any process or method used to “control pests”. The once popular terms of exterminator and extermination have become the softer more gentle term of pest control. Perhaps to become more socially acceptable, but the new term is more accurate. Exterminating ants in their entirety is not likely. Controlling ants is achievable. Keeping pests out of a home with regular pest control service is attainable. Keeping bugs from infesting a structure is do-able. Exterminating every roach in the city is not realistic.
History of Pest Control -
Some believe that pest control has its roots in agriculture. (Pun intended) Humans need to keep crops free from pests. Insects can destroy crops. Herbivores will clear the farmer’s field. In order to maximize food production, pest control was implemented to protect the harvest from ants, crickets, moths, grasshoppers, rats, mice, gophers, rabbits, beetles, and the list can go on. But pest control, probably goes back to before agriculture. A hunter would still need to protect his food from vermin. Storing food in a sack hanging from a tree to keep raccoon, coyotes, or other prehistoric pests from eating your dinner would be a pest control method. But at the core, I still believe that man has never wanted to cohabitate with creepy crawling things like spiders, roaches, and scorpions. So beyond the need to control pests there is simply a desire to live without pests.
- Pest Control:
- Preventive measures to fortify an area against potential unwanted species .
Ideology of Pest Control Methods
While a majority of people may not want to live with pests, I also believe that most don’t wish total annihilation of the insect kingdom. Bugs are an essential part of the food chain, and the break down, consumption, and recycling of matter in general. Eliminating all pests from the world may seem ideal for some, but the re-percussions of such a mass extermination may destroy the world all together. So pest control methods today are used to protect specific areas with an attempt to limit the effects to the target pests. Others believe the most ideal form of pest control is that of “making your home less desirable to the pests.” They propose that keeping a home clean and minimizing the potential for providing food and water for pests will keep pests from wanting to invade your home. Unfortunately certain pests will eat just about anything. Roaches are not picky eaters. A roach will make human hair, fingernails and toenails their staple food if needs be. Little Black Ants survive on plants, so any interior plant make an inviting meal. Termites eat wood. Crickets eat cotton, silk, and wool. Silverfish and firebrats consume glue, wallpaper paste, bookbindings, paper, and photographs. Lice, fleas, and ticks are pests that live on mammals. Human homes are pretty inviting to pests.
Pesticides have been developed to provide structures a force field made of products that are engineered to target pests, not mammals. Pest control products today are checked and tested by the EPA. Strict requirements most be meet in order for a pest control product to be labeled for general use. EcoSmart products are designed to break down over time, to have low impact on the environment.
So if you’d like a pest-free environment, cleaning your home is a good step, but ultimately it won’t be enough once bugs have found your home. Further, once an ant has scouted out a new food source and brought in the ant cavalry, those marked marching lines will remain for up to year. Regular pest control service is intended to prevent pests from infesting a given area. Pest control emergencies can be avoid if homeowners would maintain a bulwark around their home that protects them and wards off insect intruders. Do-it-yourself pest control methods can be implemented successfully if the individual is consistent and persistent in their treatments. But certain pests will require more.