Identify Troublesome Pests And Critters With These Four Cool Apps

SmartphoneThat moment when you see a cockroach scurrying across the floor or a rat running alongside the wall is a disgusting moment indeed, but at least we can identify these common critters and make the appropriate arrangements for their removal. In many cases, however, bugs and insects may venture inside the home that are not easily discernible, leaving home owners pondering whether it is a stray bug or if there is a potential infestation problem. Fortunately, an array of mobile applications has emerged to help make this process easier. In the following article, we will detail four apps that help users identify pests, insects and critters without having to first resort to expensive consultations from local pest control companies.

Critter Lookup

Designed to offer a plethora of animals and insects for easy inspection, Critter Lookup is a free application that is downloadable via the iTunes Store. Upon opening the app, you will be able to select by category: reptiles, insects, birds and mammals are all clearly categorized from the start. This free service allows you to browse thousands of species to determine what exactly is in or around your home. Can’t find what you are looking for? With the photo search feature, you can capture a photo of the critter in question, have it emailed to a Critter Control representative and receive an answer as to what it is in a short period of time.

Bug & Weed Identifier

Built by the insecticide company Spectracide as a free way to identify pests, the Bug & Weed Identifier can be used in a variety of applications. Not only will you be able to identify troublesome insects and critters, but you can also browse and determine what invasive species of weeds are growing around your home. In many cases, certain types of weeds and plants will attract critters – depending on your circumstances, addressing both of these elements may prove to be a better approach. With detailed descriptions as well as treatment plans provided, using this app makes perfect sense for ridding the home of pests.

Bayer Pest Spotter

Another big name in the world of insecticides is Bayer, and naturally it makes sense that they would develop an app for dealing with critters. Upon downloading this free app from the Android Marketplace, you will have access to detailed records on more than 70 pests. Not only is basic information available for each unwelcome visitor, but there is also a variety of treatment plans and lists of attractants for each critter. The Bayer Pest Spotter was developed specifically for farmers but serves as a great way to identify many common pests around the home as well.

Suburban Pest ID

Designed to be an interactive and comprehensive identifier for pests, Suburban Pest ID functions as a facilitator between qualified professionals and home owners who need help identifying various pests. Included in the app is a repository of information to help with basic identification, but the $0.99 cost of the app covers interactive identification from the people at Suburban Pest ID. Simply snap a photo and upload it: you will receive a response and proper identification in no time at all.

Today’s featured writer, Ryan Hall, works for Swat Wild Life, a firm that is number one choice for humane wildlife removal in Toronto. He’s a tech enthusiast and keeps tabs on all the latest apps that help keep insects and pests away from home.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Use Your Smartphone To Help Eliminate Bugs

smartphone appIf you are fond of gardening and have a tendency to follow a ‘greener’ way of life, how do you deal with those pesky bugs that enjoy your garden even more than you do? Pesticides certainly do the trick but as well as affecting some of your non-invasive garden inhabitants, they also contribute to the ever spiralling greenhouse gas issues. Short of catching each one individually, there seems to be very few reasonable alternatives. But now we have found a new ally in this war of balances, namely – the smartphone! Both iOS and Android developers have released a number of apps that have been aimed at sorting out these annoying insect intruders. This article looks at these applications and lets you know if they are the real deal or not!

Bug Off Pest Control by App Express – Free from The Apple Store

We get the ball rolling with this neat app from App Express, it is a bespoke piece of software that links the keen gardener up to ‘Bug Off Pest Control’ , a chain of stores who fight the good fight against bugs and such. On first appearances it is a very easy to use application with a lot of useful features. As well as an easy way to contact the vendor, there are many snippets of information pertaining to your garden pests. It also features a messaging system where the company will offer you free advice regarding your issues. You can also pay for your services using this app and as long as you have PayPal your transactions will be secure. If you have a worrying critter in your home, simply take a snap and email it over to the good folk at Bug Off Pest Control for an easy ID. We love this app and your bugs will certainly rue the day you ever installed it!

Ultrasonic Pest Control by DevelopmentSquared – Free from The Apple Store

This is a very clever app that can certainly back up its claims, and then some! The Ultrasonic Pest Control application uses an ultrasonic signal that automatically annoys and disperses many of those irritating pests that make our lives misery. As well as the usual insects that bug us, this device will also stop next door’s dog from barking and will send those annoying cats scurrying for sanctuary. The signal itself is of such a high frequency that it is near impossible to be picked up by human hearing. This offers a chemical and safe way to allow us to enjoy a nice quiet afternoon. You can also keep this app on standby for those night times when the mosquitoes come a-visiting. Just a few minutes of this treatment and you will soon be free of their bloodthirsty disgusting habits. The fact that this application is totally free means that it must be next on your download list. You really have no excuse the next time those varmints decide to ruin your ‘quiet time’. Just unleash this beast and get ready for the sounds of silence!

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There we have it, 2 very different apps that have the same result – zero bug tolerance!

Today’s featured writer, Kevin Ben, works for Alberta pest control services. He’s a fervent environmentalist and one of his hobbies includes gardening.

Published By Thomas Ballantyne