Pests are a nuisance and can cause severe damage to your property. Pest control is especially important in desert climates like Tucson, where there are dangerous pests such as snakes and scorpions. There are many ways of dealing with pests, including natural methods and those that use chemicals.
The first type of chemical pest control is using pesticides in the form of dusts or liquids applied by spraying equipment such as an aerosol can or pump sprayer. These work by killing insects directly when they come into contact with them, and they also kill larvae before they grow up into adult insects. The second type is baits that contain poison mixed with food to attract the insect to eat it and be killed by the poison inside. Some baits require special bait stations, while others just need to be placed near where you usually see the pests.
The second type of pest control that involves chemicals is using fumigants. Fumes are poisonous gases that kill pests by filling their space and preventing them from breathing. The most commonly used fumigators are phosphine gas, dichlorvos (DDVP), methyl bromide, and sulfuryl fluoride.
The third type of chemical control is using repellents to stop insects from appearing in your home and garden. Repellents act as a barrier, either by making surfaces such as paint or wood unpleasant or by using an aerosol spray that produces a smell that is offensive to pests.
Biological pest control deals with using natural predators to reduce the populations of a particular pest. Birds, lizards, and insects can all be used to deal with pests, although there are different methods depending on whether the pest is an insect or a small animal such as a rat or mouse.
The predator is then given food in return for keeping the pest numbers down.
Many of these methods are best used in conjunction with one another as none work on their own. For example, when using fumigants or gases, you also need to make sure that your windows and doors are sealed shut so that the gas does not escape into the rest of your home. Baits can sometimes encourage more pests to come as they are easy to get to, so fumigants or natural predators must be used alongside these.
Defending yourself against pests can be expensive and time-consuming. Still, by hiring a trustworthy and reputable pest control company, a lot of the stress of dealing with the situation goes away because you know that you can trust the professionals who are taking care of the problem.