What are the different types of pest control?
- Gel Bait
- Rat Baiting
Why should you familiarize yourself with different types of pest control? Different methods have different effects on everyday pests. Some are more effective than others, while some are less potent but can still produce astounding results. Learn more about the general methods of pest control below.
Gel baiting can be used for both roaches and ants. These baits have more water content compared to solid bait. The water content of gel bait makes it more attractive to insects. Gel baits are usually applied using a syringe or a similar device in hard to reach places like cracks and small crevices. The general rule when applying gel bait is to find places where pests are most likely to appear. Compared to insecticides, gel baiting is much better for targeting roaches and ants.
When you use your insecticide spray, it only eradicates what’s visible. There are still a lot of roaches or ants that are present and hidden. Using gel bait tricks the insects into thinking that this is a viable food source. They then proceed to bring the gel back to their nest, starting a chain reaction. Once they consume it as food, the pests will be stopped at their source. Stopping the pests at the source is much more effective at reducing the population of pests in your home. It might take time for this method to take into effect since some pests tend to be picky, but once it does, it works well.
Misting is another method of pest control that can be used to reduce the population of insects, especially mosquitoes. It can be used in both closed and open spaces. Misting can be done even in hard-to-reach areas in your home. Usually, a pest control professional brings their own mister containing insecticides to apply the product within the area. If you have a mosquito infestation, misting can be a good option. The mist that’s released into the air can kill and prevent mosquitoes from breeding. This is a good long-term solution especially if your problem is persistent.
Rat baiting is a bit more diverse compared to other pest control methods listed above. Every rat has a different preference, so it may be a bit tricky to find an effective rat bait right off the bat. Experts will first take a look at your situation and determine the plan of action from there. Prior to catching and eliminating these rats, the rodents need to get their breath on the bait before any traps are laid. Rats are more likely to consume the bait if they detect carbon disulfide on the food before they try to eat it. It marks the bait as safe to consume. If you’re doing this yourself, place the bait in the trap without setting it. You should do this a couple of days prior so they’ll be tricked into thinking it’s safe.
To curb infestations, it might be appropriate to incorporate rat poison in the routine. These poisons can be dangerous to animals and humans if accidentally consumed in excess. Anyone handling poison should use this with caution. Bromethalin is a poison that attacks the brain and the liver. Avoid this type of rat poison if you have pets at home.
Spraying is different from misting as the particles are not as fine. It usually uses a water-based formula or an oil-carrier with the chemical. Spraying provides long-lasting pest control that can last up to a few months if done correctly. Spraying can also flush out any pests that are currently active within the area. Spraying should be done in areas where insects are frequently found, especially cracks and crevices.
Adult mosquitoes are the main target of fogging. Fogging can be done at night. Foggers work by using an insecticide that’s designed to kill adult airborne mosquitoes. Fogging has no effect on larvae and eggs, so it’s often used as a quick solution rather than a long term one. Some communities have their neighborhoods fogged regularly to help control the population of the mosquitoes.
Pest control can be done in different ways, each of which has varying effects. These are great long-term solutions for your problems if you’re having trouble with common pests such as rats, mosquitos, and roaches. Their population can be reduced and controlled if the right methods are used.