There are many different types of pests and most pest control, or pest control and management services can usually deal with them all. From the smallest to the largest home invader, trained pest control professionals have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to put a stop to a pest problem safely and effectively. Pest control services are also highly affordable, especially when compared to the negative physical and mental health consequences of pest infestations.
In this guide, we’ll highlight some important aspects of pest control and pest control and management services. Specifically, we’ll look at what they do or the services they offer to consumers. We’ll also explore the differences, pros - cons of off-the-shelf pest control products as compared to professional pest control and management services. Further, we’ll spend some time answering the main question that often overlooked – why pests and infestations are a problem. Finally, we’ll touch on the differences between preventative pest control services and dealing with an ongoing infestation or pest control problem. Homeowners can benefit from the skills of pest control and pest control and management services in both cases – as a preventative measure, and as a treatment measure for active pest infestations.
PEST CONTROL OR PEST CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – WHAT THEY DO
Modern pest control and pest control and management services handle pretty much all aspects of pest infestation prevention, eradication, and remediation. They can perform both preventative services as well as treat active infestations (we’ll touch on the differences in a later section in this guide). Pest control and pest control and management services personnel are fully trained experts in all the local types of pests that may infest a home. They use advanced equipment, methods, and chemical agents to prevent and treat pest infestations.
The activities of most pest control and pest control and management services fall into one of three main buckets:
- Prevention services - to prevent an infestation of a specific pest, general pest prevention, or avoid a recurrence of a previous pest infestation. That can include the application of chemical insecticides inside or outside the home, recommendations for actions homeowners should take to discourage pest(s) from attempting to enter their home, and identification of potential vectors or pathways by which pests may enter the house and addressing those issues.
- Treatment services - pest control experts deal with active infestations of one or more insects or critters inside the home. That most often involves the use of chemical insecticides inside the house. It may require bait traps and other pest control measures. Various interventions usually needed that can be minimally disruptive (e.g., little or no change to life in the home, administered while you live there) or significantly disruptive (such as termite tenting, that requires you to leave home for several days and make other special preparations).
- Remediation services - which may be handled by some pest control or pest control and management services, which can involve cleaning up from a pest infestation, also hardening or securing the home to eliminate how those insects or creatures got into the house in the first place. That may overlap and give way to preventative services. Often, some or all of these actions may require work by the homeowner, or the services of a general or specific pest control contractor company to make physical modifications or repairs to the home, which is often beyond the scope of what pest control services and pest control and management services typically do.
PEST CONTROL OR PEST CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – OFF-THE-SHELF PRODUCTS VS. PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL SOLUTIONS
The use of chemical insecticides and baits, traps, and other equipment by pest control and pest control and management services often leads consumers to believe they may be able to buy the same things at the store and use them themselves. That is not the case. Off-the-shelf pest control products are much less powerful and are more general-purpose, nuisance-prevention measures. They are highly ineffective at handling large-scale home pest infestations. They also do not address the root causes of the pest infestation. Professional pest control or pest control and management services have their personnel trained in the lifecycle and reproductive cycle of various household pests. That enables them to effectively mitigate not only the existing pests but their eggs or potential future offspring. Most off-the-shelf, consumer-grade products don’t address that aspect of pest control. Many of the actions or measures that must be taken require knowledge and investigation that most consumers are not trained to conduct.
At the same time, the strength and power of the chemical agents, baits, and other systems that you can buy off-the-shelf are intentionally much less than that which professional pest control and pest control and management services can use. They are specially trained to handle and deal with chemicals and agents that aren’t available for general public purchase. In terms of function, you would need to buy several times the amount of a similar consumer-grade product to see anywhere near the same effect, and even then, it’s usually inferior to the professional-grade products available to pest control experts. That’s why it’s best to leave pest control of anything beyond minor nuisances to the experts from pest control and pest control and management services.
PEST CONTROL AND PEST CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – WHY PESTS ARE A PROBLEM
With all this talk of pest control, it’s essential to understand why pests are a problem, and infestations to be avoided. Having little critters running around your home, crawling over your family, walls, surfaces, and so on is unpleasant. Most often, many household pests don’t bite or sting, so you might wonder what the harm is in having them in your home. Pest control or pest control and management services are quick to point out that there are often many unseen dangers. Most household pests carry and can transmit diseases that can sicken humans. They can contaminate food and leave their feces and other bodily secretions – often not even visible to the naked eye – in and on food and other surfaces.
In addition to making people sick via pathogens and parasites they can harbor, their waste and other bodily secretions – even their exoskeletons in the case of cockroaches – can trigger allergies, sometimes severe, in a large portion of the population. And some of the diseases and health conditions that can spread from pests can be life-threatening. For your comfort, peace of mind, health, and safety, it’s best not to allow a pest infestation to take hold in your home, and to contact pest control or pest control and management services for preventative treatment service.
PEST CONTROL OR PEST CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES – PREVENTATIVE SERVICES VS. A PEST CONTROL PROBLEM
As mentioned earlier, pest control or pest control and management services may be called on to perform preventative services, active treatment of a pest control problem, or both. If you have a severe pest infestation in your home, it should be treated. But following successful treatment, it’s often necessary to perform preventative services regularly, to keep the pest infestation from recurring. Just because you’ve banished termites, ants, rats, cockroaches, or other creepy crawlies from your home doesn’t mean that they’re gone. They’re still out there, biding their time, ready to strike again when the time is right.
Even if you haven’t had a pest infestation, it’s worthwhile to hire pest control or pest control and management services to perform an evaluation in and around your home periodically and recommend some preventative services. Pest control services companies can often spot the signs of potential problems before a pest infestation develops. Many pest control or pest control and management services providers will evaluate the kinds of insects and critters that may be present in your yard and are often fully versed in the common pests typical in your region. They will look for signs of these pests active near or in your home and can perform simple, preventative chemical treatments to help discourage them from taking up residence in your home. As they say – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and that saying certainly is applicable with pest control companies and pest control and management services.