What is pest control?
Pest control is the action taken to keep the agricultural or industrial land free from all types of pest. It has a simple goal: locate the main source and eliminate it all. Once the pest control treatment has been applied properly, this can guarantee a safer environment both for the crops to grow and people to live in.
Pest control was first practiced when people learned to do agriculture in ancient civilisation. Thousands of years later, it still is known as an effective solution to get rid pest all over the world.
What is the pest control process?
Pest control has five simple processes and they are described as follows:
1. Identifying the type of pest
Start the process by identifying the pest. This is very important because this will be the basis on what pest control treatment to apply. The only tricky part of this process is there are some non-pest species that have a similar appearance to the pest species. To guarantee you are eliminating the right pest species, it’s best to research it. This may seem to be time-consuming because there are hundreds of pest species in Australia, but all your effort will pay off in the end.
If you are still hesitant after your research, it’s best to seek the advice of a professional. They will not only identify the pest you have at home but also suggest the right pest control treatment to use for each pest species.
2. Estimate their numbers and their weaknesses
There are some people who will immediately kill the pest upon knowing its location and species. Though that method isn’t wrong, but it’s still much better to find out first the overall number of pests you have and their weaknesses. This practice will eliminate the chance for the problem to recur.
Determining the number of pests in the area will help you know the right amount and toxicity level of pest control treatment to use. While determining their weaknesses is helpful because you can eliminate all the elements as well that help the pests to grow and reproduce.
The best way to do this is by hiring a professional pest control specialist or use the techniques of pest survey and sampling.
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3. Specifying the right course of action
After determining the weakness and quantity of the pests, you now must decide what proper action that needed to be done. Are you going to eliminate it immediately? Or, are you going to wait until you see if it is really a threat or not? Note: The latter part is only applicable if the number of pests on the area is minimal.
When you finally decide the proper action to implement, you must choose what is pest control treatment you will use. A little tip: If your area is agricultural land, it’s best to choose pest control treatment that is effective in eliminating the pests but doesn’t contain harmful elements that could destroy the soil and crops. While if your area is residential/industrial land, choose the pest control that doesn’t harmful to one’s health or causes fire hazards.
4. Application of the chosen Pest Control Treatment
This is the stage where you will take your plan into action. But before you apply the pest control treatment, it is highly advisable to read and understand its label directions. This is to ensure that you will apply it the right way without harming yourself or anyone/thing.
If the chosen pest control treatment is extremely toxic, it’s best for you to wear safety gears as well. Or better yet, let a professional pest control specialist do the job to ensure that none of the non-target organisms and yourself (and family) will get infected.
5. Observe and Evaluate
The last process is to observe and evaluate. This is a must-do as this will determine if the pest control treatment you applied is effective or not. The best way to do this is by assessing carefully the area affected and see if there are still pests alive. If the pest control treatment is not effective, it’s best to repeat process number 1 or consult a professional pest control specialist.
The professional pest control specialist will help you to come up with another action plan and introduce different methods that you can use.
Pests are one thing that no one could avoid. They usually emerge when seasons changes, destruction of their habitats or there are plenty of food available. To manage the impact of pest outbreak, the best thing everyone can do is have a failproof prevention plan that you can rely on.
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