In the constantly evolving battle between humans and pests, property owners have come to rely on a wide variety of professional pest control techniques, most of which utilize precise mechanisms of action to root out even the toughest critters. Biological pest control, bait and traps, sterilization, fumigation, and natural repellents are all quite effective at dealing with infestations.
One of the more recent developments in pest control is the use of parasite species to kill the larvae and eggs of certain insects. Mosquito eggs, for example, can be eliminated by adding certain bacteria to the stagnant water areas where the insects are known to breed. The eggs themselves are efficiently wiped out, and there are no negative consequences for any other aspects of the ecosystem. Continued research into predation and parasitism will no doubt yield even better results in the future.
Bait and Traps
Poisoned bait is a highly effective way to rid a home of roaches, fruit flies, and a number of other invasive species. In fact, roach-killing bait has advanced admirably in recent years, and the poison now has the added ability to wipe out entire colonies. If rats or mice have moved into the attic or basement, specialized traps are the best bet. Though trigger traps are widely used, some manufacturers have recently developed sophisticated catch-and-release traps. This allows larger animals to be set free in other locations.
Genetic research has yielded some interesting sterilization success stores. When sterile male insects are released into target areas, they breed with the females of the species. The females will then be unable to produce any offspring. Eventually, the entire insect population is radically reduced. These sterilization techniques are most effective with agricultural pests, and experts have had success with Mexican fruit flies, Tsetse flies, and a few other species.
When unwanted insect guests have become especially widespread, experts can use sophisticated fumigation techniques to combat them. The clearing of hotels, business centers, and other large structures is always complex, but professionals have a number of subtly different chemicals at their disposal. The fumigant pack itself may consist of phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, or other similar agents. Workers will generally seal off the fumigation areas with heavy plastic sheets before the process moves forward.
In a world where the environment is becoming progressively more toxic, some experts recommend organic repellents whenever possible. Balsam fir oil, which can be extracted from trees, is highly effective against a variety of insects. Other remedies include Thai lemongrass for mosquitoes and vinegar for fruit flies. Infestations that have not yet reached the severe stage can be controlled with homemade concoctions that are far from chemically harsh.
Professional Pest Control
As Canadian property owners begin to fight back against particularly troublesome critters, a professional appraisal is generally the best way to start. Experts will have access to cutting-edge technology and will be able to quickly develop a plan of action. With a bit of devotion to the task, the dastardly pests can be shown to their demise.
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David Brown is a blogger and suggests www.allpest.ca for anyone in the Greater Toronto Area that needs a pest control professional.