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basics of pest control

“Field Guide” 

The Pest Control Field Guide educates by revealing the basic needs of pests and what they must have to live in your house, yard, garden, fields or wherever. By understanding their needs, you can get rid of the irritating pests. Using consistent prevention, cunning trapping, effective removal, and bit of luck, the information offered in the Pest Control Field Guide is an integrated pest management approach under which, you can resolve the annoyances.


The Basic Needs in a Pest’s life

Pests need water to live

Pests need food to live

Quite simple isn’t it.

The basics of pest control.

Remove the food a pest can eat. Then the pest gets hungry and starts a search for new food. Remove the water the pest must drink. Then the pest starts a search for a new water source. And after you have taken both away, the pest must go somewhere and find the basics fairly quickly or die.

kitchen drain pipe leak

A simple example.

A leaky sink drain is her water source.
The pizza crumbs the kids dropped on the floor is her food.
That is all a roach or ant or flea or millipede or whatever
needs to live in your kitchen.
So she sets up housekeeping, finds a mate,
has baby pests, and you get the idea.

pizza crumbs on floor 

So if you do not want pests around, it is your call to make them uncomfortable, hungry and thirsty…and they will not stick around to annoy you.

When is it time
that the animal or insect or whatever,
becomes a pest?

You know it when it happens because “you have had enough” or “you are fed up to here.” You need the home team pest defense approach.
There are many ways to solve your pest problem and they follow these basics of pest control that follow.

  • USE MAINTENANCE ROUTINES: Cut the lawn and weeds religiously; remove brush piles, rubbish, rock piles…that is…deny the pest a habitat and food supply opportunity.
  • USE ANIMALS: Get a dog or cat or introduce a bug or insect or predator to control a pest.
  • USE FENCING: Use a fence to keep the pest in or out as warranted.
  • Use natural organically labeled pest control products.
  • DECOYS: Owls, herons, alligators, scarecrows, the list could go on and on.
  • SOUNDS: Sonic (you hear it), ultra sonic (only the pest hears it), bird-in-distress sounds, blasts from cannon and firecrackers, a strategy that neighbors often hate.
  • LIGHTS: Strobe, flood, colors.
  • MOTIONS: Mylar or painted balloons, metallic hanging tape, hang CD discs, vibrations from a 6 ft windmill passing underground.
  • TEXTURES: Gels that are sticky upon foot contact, bird spikes that prevent roosting, are examples.
  • TASTE: Applications to grass or food pellets that when eaten taste bad to the pest.
  • ODORS: Use smells that pests don’t cater to, like fox urine which sends some pests running away as fast as they can.
  • DUST: Dust is hand sprinkled or mechanically distributed to repel or kill the pest.
  • LIQUID: Liquid sprayed or poured to repel or kill the pest.
  • POWDER: Granule of various sizes spread to repel or kill the pest.
  • PAINT: Paint mixed to repel painted on the bottoms of trees stops certain caterpillars.
  • LIVE TRAPS: Box like in which the pest(s) enter and cannot get out till you want them out.
  • KILL TRAPS: Spikes, choking, crushing, drowning, are some of the approaches used by traps.
  • LEG HOLD and SNARE TRAPS: They detain the pest till you arrive.
  • GLUE TRAPS: When the pest arrives on the trap surface, he gets stuck until you remove him or bag him and the trap into the trash.
  • Relocation WORKS: If a pests normally travels when hunting for their food, they have a chance of survival after their move.
  • Relocation DOESN’T WORK: Territorial and social animals do not accept a non-family look alike. After rejection, a predator will kill it quickly because the relocated animal has lost the tools of a successful defense.
  • ALLOWED MAYBE: During hunting seasons often yes, some critters all the time, but it is your responsibility to know and follow your local laws about what a property owner or contracted professional can and cannot do.
  • NEVER ALLOWED: Applies to a few. For example, migratory birds…killing them is never legal under Federal Law.