Insect control is not as simple as you think it is. You can’t just push a few bugs away with your hands. There are many considerations to keep in mind before you start taking on the insect population in your yard or garden. You need to know what kind of insects you have in your area. That way, you can make the right choice for getting rid of them.
First, you need to learn what type of insects live in your yard and around your home. If you live in an area with a lot of pests, there’s no doubt you’ll need an effective way to control them. However, some kinds of insects may be so plentiful, they’re not useful as pest control measures. So, study up on your area’s insects and find out which kinds are more likely to plague your area.
For example, aphids and some ants are aggressive and so effective, that they can completely destroy a garden. The best insect control for these types of bugs is a chemical spray. But, there’s another issue.
When you spray pesticides, you’re killing both the insect itself and any birds that may eat it. And, while these insect-huggers may be eliminated, you may have to deal with them elsewhere. Pests often move from one area to another. And, you might have a new pest problem, such as an emerald that has taken over your bedroom. You can’t simply spray the bugs away, because they won’t simply relocate; they may also become immune to the insecticide.
This is why it’s important to learn about the insect life around you. Check your local telephone directory or online to find out who else is dealing with the problem. There are many organizations that can help you with insect control, from local municipalities to professional services. If your area doesn’t have anyone you can call, visit your local hardware store or library, and ask for advice. Most of the time, it’s easier and more economical to use natural means to deal with bugs than to use harsh chemicals.
For example, there are a number of naturally occurring oils and insects in California that are known to repel insects, including the emerald ash berry beetle (which is responsible for the disappearance of hundreds of millions of black oak trees nationwide). These include the marigold flower, the sandmartine flower, the calendula flower, and the Columbine flower. And, of course, you can find a plethora of other bug-control options, from citrus fruit to mothballs. These are all available at your local grocery and hardware store or online.
But, even if you don’t have any bugs around your home, it’s still a good idea to have bug-control measures in place. That way, the next time you find yourself face to face with a pesky bug, you’ll know how to take care of it before it gets the best of you. In addition to using natural methods to keep bugs away, bug-control companies also use more traditional techniques to get rid of bugs. These methods include foggers, bait, traps, and even insecticides.
If you do have a bug problem, you’ll need to be careful not to put yourself in danger. For example, if you spray your yard with an insecticide spray, make sure that you wear goggles and a face mask to protect your eyes. And, as always, wear gloves when dealing with insects to avoid getting stung. Even if you’re dealing with just a few annoying pests, it’s still a good idea to wear these precautions. After all, an insecticide spray can cause you to become sick (or worse) if you’re not careful!