We’ve worked hard to provide pest control Winnipeg can trust. The history of pest control is probably as long as the history of humans, and a lot of different techniques have been developed to limit the impact of pests on human activities. The ways of controlling pests differ based on the kinds of pest you’re looking to control, where they’re located, and what you’re trying to protect. To dive into all of this, it’s important to have an understanding of what pests are.
Pests are any species detrimental to humans. With this broad categorization, plants that we would call weeds can be considered pests, but there’s often a divide; detrimental flora are considered weeds, and detrimental fauna are pests. There are a lot of different factors that can make pests a nuisance, but there are generally three elements that impact the severity of pests: diet, reproduction and disease. Species that will eat any human food can be very harmful to a home, and those that eat specific foods can be harmful to agriculture and other resource gathering activities. Species that reproduce quickly spiral out of control rapidly. Species that carry disease are likely to cause widespread illness. Combine all three together and you have a very serious pest problem; mice in your home is one example of a pest that meets all three criteria.
There are a variety of methods for dealing with pests. The simplest one is tolerance; let the pests remain and suffer the consequences. While this is simple, it’s by no means recommended, as there can be severe and lasting consequences to the infestation. Deterrence and management are the two most commonly used techniques; quite simply, these techniques involve getting existing pests away from human activity, and creating barriers to new pests moving in. The most drastic form of pest management is eradication, which has fallen out of favour due to potential damages to the ecosystem; this involves systematically eliminating a pest species. There is still some potential for eliminating pests using widespread genetic alterations; check out this article on mosquitos and CRISPR for some of the potentially world-changing, ethically divisive work.
Options for pest management are varied, and depend on which pest is being controlled. For rodents, traps can be used in order to get rid of the pest without poisoning them, as poison traps can have unintended consequences. For insects, a variety of traps, including traps baited with pheromones, can be used. Larger-scale infestations may require fumigation, a practice in which the area is air-sealed and insecticides are applied.
Techniques for prevention depend on the area they’re being used; elevated rafters, sealed foodstuffs, and even sonic nets can be employed in order to reduce the impact of pests on your home or business. The use of preventive techniques varies pretty drastically depending on what we’re trying to protect. All this to say, if you’ve got pests you need to manage and deter, there’s pest control out there for you; we humans have been at this for millenia!