Quick Guide to ‘Do-it-yourself’ Pest Control

Pests are unwanted organisms that interfere with human activity. They may damage property, bite, destroy food crops and make our lives more difficult. If not controlled at the right time, these grow multiply rapidly and the damage too increases exponentially. Thus, pest control is imperative. You may hire professionals to do this or you might just try it out yourself.

Effective pest control requires some knowledge about the pest. There are three basic steps involved in pest control –identify the pest, learn about the pest, and determine control strategies. The two most common pests found are: Powder post beetles and Bed bugs. Let us look at a quick guide of how you can do pest control yourself!

  • Identifying the pest – While inspecting the room for Powder post beetles and Bed bugs, you make take note of damaged wood, cracks in walls, sunken or rippled wall coverings and small holes on wall plasters. If any of these signs seem visible, you may simply probe into the hole with a nail and confirm the presence of these pests.

  • Learning about pest – The common bed bug is visible to the naked eye. Fully developed bed bugs are known to be brown or reddish-brown in color, and oval-shaped and flattened in shape. Their usual length is near 0.5 inch. Their flat form helps them hide within cracks and wall crevices. Powder post beetles are tiny, less than 0.25 inch in size. They are flattened and reddish-brown to black in color. Their Larvae (woodworm) are white, and cream colored, shaped with dark brown heads. They form colonies and multiply rapidly once they infest the area.

  • Determine control strategies – The control strategy varies with the type pest, intensity of infestation and the material raided. If the material raided is furniture/walls, you can use heating or fumigation to kill the pests. For damage to crops, Celsius Herbicide is uses as an all-in-one solution for treating pests. It is an herbicide that kills through root absorption. It can further mixed with other herbicides to create an aqueous solution to increase its persistence.

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Date: Friday, 16. January 2015 0:23
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