Pest control is widely known for its efficiency in keeping your property free from health risks. But many are still curious about what does pest control do.
What does pest control do to treat pest infestation?
Pest control effectively treats pest infestation through poisoning. The advantage of poisoning is it’s able to eliminate all the pests on different life stages: eggs, larvae, pupa, and adult. This is a good assurance that the problem will unlikely return. The poison to use will depend on the species of the target pest.
While for the poison’s toxicity level, you can know more about it by reading its designated schedule on the pesticide label. Aside from the poison’s toxicity level, this schedule will indicate the necessary warnings and precautions required. There are 4 schedules designated for pesticides, and they are described as follows:
- Unscheduled pesticides have the least toxicity level. It is not 100% safe to people, but it is unlikely to cause harm as well. The only caution you need to watch out for is keeping it away from children.
- Schedule 5 pesticides have small toxicity level as well. But unlike unscheduled pesticides, this pesticide requires proper caution when consuming, storage and handling.
- Schedule 6 pesticides are like schedule 5 in terms of label warnings and availability to the public. Their only difference is the toxicity level as scheduled 6 has a moderate level.
- Scheduled 7 pesticides are the extremely dangerous types as it contains very high toxicity level. Due to the danger, it may cause to people, only professional pest control specialists are permitted to use this pesticide.
How does pest control treatment infect the pests?
Understanding the toxicity level will help you understand how immediate the pests will perish. But you’re probably wondering how pest control treatment infects the pests. There are three ways how pest control treatment infects the pests – skin contact, inhalation and consuming it.
The pesticide can infect the pest through skin contact. This isn’t surprising as the skin is the first part of the pest’s body that pesticides could touch. There are some pest species that has sensitive skin, so the pesticide can have a fast effect on them. But if the pest doesn’t have delicate skin, don’t worry because it still carries the poison. The chances of it infecting itself and the rest of their colony are high.
If the pesticide used is in gas form or aerosol-formed, the pest can get infected mostly by inhaling it. But if used a solid-formed poison, the pest can get infected by consuming it. Once inhaled or ingested, the effects can be different per pest species. The effects for pests include interfering with the pest nervous and biological system.
When pests get infected in their nervous system, it may lead to quick death or paralysis. But if it gets infected in their biological system, this may not kill them but can guarantee that it will not reproduce anymore.
Pest control is important and beneficial to your environment and your family’s health. But even if after you treat your property with pest control maintenance and it doesn’t take care of the problem, pests can still find their way in. How can you keep the pest away? Cleaning is the simplest solution. You need to keep all rubbish storage properly sealed and disposed of regularly. Aside from cleaning, you can do the following:
- Replace or repair all deteriorated exterior and interior materials (e.g. wood)
- Sealed any open gaps on walls, roofs, and plumbing fixtures.
- Lastly, keep all the rooms dry and well-ventilated. Particularly to rooms that are prone to water damage like bathroom, restroom, basement, and crawlspace.
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