What are the 3 methods of pest control?
Whether at home or in a commercial property pests can be a real nuisance, not only do they create damage, but they can also spread germs and diseases. For a business, they can lead to prosecution and fines or even potential imprisonment; and in cases where there is an imminent health risk, a closure of the business. As such controlling pests is a very important matter and, in this blog, we will walk you through the three methods of pest control.
We have all heard the old truism that prevention is better than cure and this is every bit as applicable when it comes to pest control. If you can keep the pests away then they don’t become a problem in the first place. So, what are some ways of preventing pests?
- Ensure that your premises are kept clean and that all bins are properly sealed. Pests need a food source and food debris is perfect for many pests. Be this from open bins, waste lying around, food in open containers or simply food debris in the office kitchen, pests will be drawn to it. No food = reduced risk of pests
- The same goes for water, make sure that there is no standing or easily accessible water. If there is no easily accessible water source, it reduces the risks of pest activity.
- Ensure your property is correctly sealed. Pests can come in through the tiniest of cracks and holes as well as through open windows and doors. Ensure any holes or even cracks in walls are sealed. Mesh screens over windows and doors are another way to allow ventilation but prevent access. Keeping pests out means you won’t have a problem.
By removing all access to food, water and denying entry to the pests, you reduce the risks of having a problem to deal with.
For certain pests, removal is the preferred process. This is especially true for honeybees as leaving them in-situ can cause problems long term. For all other bees, we recommend wherever possible to leave them as they are unlikely to cause any problems and will only be present for a short time.
If they do pose a threat, however, we would always advocate the removal and relocation of the nests. At iX5 Pest Control we relocate all bees to our own apiary or to other suitable locations.
The final method of control is extermination. At iX5 Pest Control we use a variety of techniques and treatments to minimise all impacts on customers, the environment and the local ecosystem, including trapping, targeted deployment of pesticides or fumigation where required. Extermination is really the last point of call, but when an infestation has occurred then this is sometimes the only option, particularly as it is actually illegal to release certain pest species back into the environment.
With all pest activity, we will always give advice on what needs to be done to avoid a recurrence and it is important to follow that advice to reduce the risks of further infestation.
If you need advice on how to prevent pests or need assistance in dealing with a pest problem, why not give us a call on 01604 328545? Our experts can advise on both domestic and commercial pest control in and around the Northamptonshire region. We provide a 7 day a week service and can even organise evening and weekend visits at no extra cost.