Insects Control Methods and Products
Insects are diverse creatures that have been around for a really long time, found in almost everywhere with over 1 million known species, they can be a very a difficult thing to control. With so many species, the methods of control really differ greatly although there some general control methods and products that proves efficient. To understand what exactly insects are and how to control them, let’s look at them a bit closer.
What are insects?
Insects are a small creature with body usually segmented into three parts – the head, thorax and abdomen with six legs and two antennas. They may have wings or are wingless and they usually lay eggs a means of reproduction and can be social (that is if they live in colony and groups) or solitary (mostly found alone) depending on the species.
Insects cause a lot of damages to agricultural produce and homes in Raleigh, NC and considered as a pest that needs to be controlled. In human habitat, insects are being found in cracks and crevices, basements, attics, kitchens, around the house (like the lawn, under debris) and so on, just know that they are found everywhere.
What makes insects so successful?
- Insects have armed themselves with many features that have enabled them to adapt to any kind of environment making them one of the most successful animals in the world and below are some of the reasons.
- Presence of wings: This has contributed to them being found almost everywhere as the wings help them move from one place to the other and when there is a scarcity of food. They just simply fly away in search of a better place.
- Diverse dietary habits: Insects have been known to eat almost anything from plants to furniture in your house and even paper, which means there is always something for them anywhere they find themselves.
- High reproductive ability: For example, a termite queen lays up to 30,000 eggs and this same queen can live for up to 10 years – do the math. Not only do they reproduce in large numbers, it also happens at short intervals.
- They have great adaptation skills: Their mouth parts modified over the years to be able to bite and chew tough kinds of stuff, modified legs for jumping high among others.
Example of insects includes ants, termites, bees, mosquitoes, fleas, cockroaches, houseflies and moths among many others.
The control methods discussed below are multi-purpose and should help you reduce and control them.
- Declutter and keep your home neat: Insects can feed on almost anything and have too many unwanted things lying around your house, doesn’t only give them a place to stay, it also provides them with an endless supply of food. Cleaning your house and removing attractants will help with controlling insects in general.
- Vacuuming: This helps to not only remove dust from your home, but it also helps remove small insects like dust mites that are found in bedding and all others that can’t be seen easily.
- Seal entry points: Sealing all cracks and other points of entry through which insects get into the house is an effective control method.
- Using insecticides: Although some insecticides contain harmful chemicals, they are also quite an effective method in insect control, but just make sure you lock away your food tightly and preferable not be in the room after you have sprayed the insecticide.
There are some natural home remedies which you can use to control insects as well.
- Mint tea and soapy water sprayed on ants have been found to be effective in controlling them.
- Catnip is a very good cockroach repellent, you can put some of the catnip on the floor or make a tea and use as a spray.
- Boric acid is another effective control method against most insects.
- Get rid of stagnant water to control mosquitoes and sage is also a good mosquito repellent.
Controlling insects can be hard sometimes and it is good to call a professional control company when you think they are starting to get out of hand.