Finding unwelcome guests in your home can leave you asking: what are the three types of pest control? The answer: hygiene, biological, and mechanical.
There are three main ways to control pests around your home. These are known as hygiene pest control, biological pest control, and mechanical pest control. Hygiene refers to keeping your surroundings clean. The biological method utilizes natural predators, such as cats against mice. The mechanical method is what most people consider traditional pest control, which involves traps and barrier sprays.
What Are The Three Types Of Pest Control?
Hygiene-based pest control begins by cleaning your home. Start in the garage, where you’re likely to have clutter, cardboard, and comfortable spots for roaches, rats, and other pests, all of which are common throughout Bentonville. Next, clear the kitchen, paying close attention to the pantry. You’ll also want to clean around the exterior of your home. If you have a trash bin, make sure that it closes completely so that you don’t inadvertently attract the very thing you’re trying to deter.
Biological pest control might send you to the pet store for a new canine or kiddie companion. If you have issues with mice, for example, especially outside, cats are known natural predators. Dogs can chase away other small mammals, such as raccoons and skunks. When you’re having issues in the garden, talk to your local garden center about nematodes, which are a type of worm that defends against grubs, caterpillars, and other insects but won’t harm humans or plants.
Mechanical pest control essentially creates physical barriers that creeping critters can’t (or won’t) cross. Alder Pest Control may use a chemical barrier spray that will send pests packing and moving in the other direction. Mouse traps and sticky traps are other examples of mechanical pest control methods you might encounter, particularly if you have rodents or spiders inside your house.
Damage And Diseases Caused By Pests
Pests, such as mosquitoes and mice, have more than just an “ick” factor. These and other critters can carry diseases, damage your home, and make allergies worse. For these reasons, year-round pest control is crucial for Bentonville homes and businesses since we are so far south that many of these potentially harmful creatures can live almost all year. Just a few of the issues you might expect when you have an uncontrolled pest infestation include:
- Food contamination. Humans were not meant to ingest animal droppings, urine, or saliva from rats and mice. These can cause hantavirus, which can cause fever, headaches, and respiratory distress. Rodents can also carry E. coli, which can bring on severe gastrointestinal problems.
- Allergies. Insect bites and dander, fur, and fecal matter left behind by rodents can all cause allergies (both topical and respiratory) in sensitive people. Continually being bitten by insects, like bed bugs, can even make eczema and dermatitis worse.
- Bite-based diseases. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, malaria, and Lyme disease are carried by insects, such as ticks, mosquitoes, and flies. And, if you have brown recluses or black widows, you’re at risk of venomous spider bites, which can cause skin necrosis, fever, and more.
To get pests down to a comfortable population, we recommend utilizing a combination of all three types of pest control on top of your routine pest control inspections. Your home is supposed to be a safe haven, and the last thing you want is to share it with those that can harm you.
Alder Pest Control is owned and operated by industry veteran Jared Alder. We offer a full line of pest control services to homes and businesses throughout the Bentonville, Arkansas, area. In addition to quarterly pest control packages, our experienced and dedicated technicians can handle everything from mosquitoes and ticks to termites, ants, flies, spiders, and rodents. When you’re looking for a pest control company that provides free estimates, same-day service, and a pest-free guarantee, look no further than Alder Pest Control. We are a member of the National Pest Management Association, the Arkansas Pest Management Association, and your local community.