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Home Pest Control

Agriculture is very old and perhaps gardening and pest control are equally old. This industry is expanding at a phenomenal rate. In the past 5 years the pest control business has grown 50 % and has become a $7

English: Terminix pest control truck outside a...

Terminix pest control truck outside a residence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

billion dollar business.

Remote locations have become a very a popular site for new homes. People want to live in the desert or the woods. When you’re building in these areas where insects and animals live, it’s their home. They only become pests because they come into YOUR home.

What is Pest Control?

It’s basically the reduction or eradication of pests. Whereas structural home pest control is the control of household pests and wood-destroying pests and organisms or such other pests which may invade households or structures, gardening and insect pest control tends to be the control of pests that are affecting your plants, lawn and/or soil. That can sometimes spill over into the house as well, but by and large, it’s the garden we’re talking about here.

It is important to keep up with your gardening, and take preventative pest control measures to protect not only your gardens, but your heath as well. The problem is often overlooked until pests get out of control and the damage is severe. There are actually some things you can do to get rid of the problem.

How Do We Control Pests in the Garden?

Gardening and home pest control is viewed by many people as do-it-yourself job. To some extent, up to a point that is fair enough. Determining the best pest control for your garden is much like getting a doctor’s diagnosis, you need to know what is causing the problem, what to use to eliminate the pest and how to prevent further injury. In surveys, it’s been found that many householders don’t bother to read the instructions carefully or feel the need to vary the instructions because they feel they know better.

As a result, insecticide will be applied in too high a concentration, which may be dangerous for you or your houseguests. Naturally, we are talking about chemicals, since chemical pest control remains the primary method used in modern pest control. Nonetheless, as people have become aware of the long-term consequences of using chemical pesticides, there has been a recent increase in research into more naturally friendly methods of pest control.

If DIY is not your area of expertise concerning that of gardening and pest control, consider the option of monthly visits from the local pest control company to keep garden troubles under control. If you have your house pest controlled on a monthly basis this means that problems will be detected as early as possible. Monthly pest control has one disadvantage and that is the home owners are keen that PCOs apply a chemical treatment every month irrespective of the fact whether there is a pest problem or not.

The usage of Home and Garden pesticides are very surprising:

1 Each year 67 million pounds of pesticides are applied to lawns.

2 Suburban lawns and gardens receive far heavier pesticide applications per acre than most agricultural areas.

Please use any kind of pesticide with greatest caution. There are are insects which are a help in keeping the pests in check and the fear is you may kill them. This will lead to more frequent spraying later on. Insects can also help your garden grow because they pollinate your plants, helping your garden to expand. Really powerful insecticides, such as malathion or carbaryl, are not a good idea. Such products only work for a short time, and are even more likely to kill off the bugs you want around than those you don’t. When their enemies are gone, pest populations may soar and become more of a problem than before they were sprayed.

Most consumers also don’t realize how potentially harmful they can be:

1 Twenty three different pesticides were found by the EPA in household dust and air, brought indoors on the residents’ own shoes.

2 Garden chemicals harm the environment, the US Geological Survey routinely finds every type of garden chemical, particularly weed killers, in the streams and rivers around urban centers.

It’s an eye-opening shock isn’t it, can we really, really not be without these methods of pest control?

Gardening and Natural Home Pest Control

Pest control and gardening is best achieved with a balance of organisms in the yard. Not only is natural pest control safer and more environmentally friendly than artificial chemicals, it’s even cheaper.

Some things that may help with pest control:

1 Things you could try include traps, barriers and row covers.

2 Attract good bugs by planting a variety of plants that provide pollen and nectar all year round.

3 If the pests can’t get to your plants,you can eliminate the damage they cause. When the number of pests is small, you can often get rid of the problem by simply taking them somewhere else.

Many people face this same problem, you are not alone. Hundreds upon hundreds of people around the globe that are also searching for solutions to pest problems, so we hope that this has been useful to you.