When it comes to pest control, there are plenty of techniques that can be used. In many cases there are multiple options for one pest. In others, there’s only one and it cannot be carried out by amateurs. This article cannot go over all of them of course, but it will briefly describe the best way to get rid of a number of pests.
We’ll go through a few of the more common pests now, and reveal the best ways of dealing with them.
– Rodents. The rodents that are the biggest problem in the UK are of course mice and rats. They’re attracted to our food waste, and also to water which comes out of leaking pipes or builds up around blocked drains. To get rid of them, if you use a trap then the advantage is that you’ll know where to get the body so you can dispose of it. The advantage of using poison is that if there are lots of them they can all be killed in one go. However you might not be able to dispose of the bodies.
– Woodworm Control. One common woodworm treatment is fumigation. That has to be applied if the infestation is relatively severe but the wood can still be saved. If the wood can’t be saved then it’s necessary to replace it of course. And if it’s not very serious at all then you’ll just have to stop it from growing. The way you do that is by spraying residual insecticide around. However the only way you’ll know how serious the infestation is is if a pest controller checks the wood with a borescope.
– Fleas. When it comes to flea treatment, you’ll have to treat both your pet and the environment they live in. In terms of the pet itself, you can use chemical or natural methods. The chemical treatments are faster, but the natural ones are safer. You’ll have to thoroughly clean, or have the environment fumigated in order to get rid of the growing fleas so that the infestation does not return.
– Bed Bug Treatment. Bed bugs like to hide in very small gaps and if you are going to get rid of them all you’ll have to clean the infested room within an inch of its life. There are bound to be some small spaces where you cant clean, behind skirting boards for instance. For those, you can get rid of the bedbugs by sprinkling DE (Diatomaceous Earth) in them.
– Cockroach Infestations. Cockroaches are of course infamous for being extremely resilient, and they haven’t survived for so long by being easy to get rid of. Your best chance is by having a professional perform fumigation. Even then though there might be eggs that are left behind so in 2 months or so you may have to deal with them again.
– Wasp Control. All amateur wasp control techniques are doomed to failure. Not only that they’re dangerous and will probably just make the situation worse. That’s why, after you know where the nest is, you should get in touch with wasp nest removal experts. They will have the professional substances to get rid of all the wasps.
– Fly Infestations. If you’re facing a large fly infestation then there is probably a good reason for that, such as a dead animal close by. You should therefore check for that and get rid of it if there is. Otherwise, your best bed is to put up fly screens, and have sticky paper and electric fly traps up to get any that are inside.
It is the most important part of pest control arguably so should not go without a mention. That is prevention of course. There are some pests you can’t really do anything about, like wasps. Most though respond to conditions in your home. So if you keep it dry, and without any food waste out of bins then you will keep the majority of pests from your property.
Thomas Prosser has been writing on the issue of pest infestations for multiple years, and is an authority on the subject. To get more advice and professional assistance go to PestControl.co.uk where he also frequently writes.