Pest Control Benefits: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary
Pest control in Albuquerque is a very challenging and significant undertaking in the United States and especially in our operating states of New Mexico and West Texas. Pest control encompasses a protection from harmful insects and rodents.
Oftentimes, the term “pest control” is used loosely to define the eradication of ants, spiders, scorpions, and termites. The removal of these pests is a small part of the bigger picture, which is pest management helps save lives and protects the public from the risks involved with pests, such as disease and infestation.
Pest Control Facts
Don’t believe us? Here are some facts to support this point:
- Without pest management practices, pests could destroy more than 50 percent of crops/domestic gardens. (Source: HTP Inc.)
- According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, more than two million Americans are allergic to stinging insects, while 500,000 enter hospital emergency rooms every year suffering from insect stings and between 40-150 people die a year as a result of these stings.
- Pests transmit deadly diseases to humans including: malaria, plague, Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.
- Termites cost Americans an average of $5 billion in damage repair/year.
In addition, pest control is important when it comes to having the best protection from pests. Not all insects/rodents are bad, but they can foster unsanitary conditions of infestation. Furthermore, we’ve decided to debunk some of the common “Pest Control Myths” that we frequently encounter on the job.
Pest Control Myths Debunked
Mice Love Cheese. Although this may be true to some extent, mice also love grains, fruits, and seeds. Chocolate may be more attractive to mice than cheese, as they prefer foods that are high in carbs. However, we must make it clear that they aren’t
particular when it comes to their diet. Mice will consume any food source available to them. Please be aware of this when setting traps and cleaning cabinets.
Clean Houses Are Pest Free. Even if your house is spotless and squeaky clean, it will still attract pests of all shapes and sizes depending on the location of your home. Pests do not have a radar or map of homes that dictate which house they target. They simply want a warm shelter with food and water sources and possibly a place to breed. (Scary, but true.)
You Can Eliminate Pest Problems Yourself. Yes, to some degree this is true. There are a plethora of Do-It-Yourself tutorials found across the Internet. However, if you want it done right; quickly and efficiently so you don’t have to re-spray, trap, or spend copious amounts of time and money on the problem, you should probably give us a call. Shameless plug? You bet. But it’s because Pest Defense Solutions Professionals are similar to a doctors. We diagnose and recommend solutions on the spot. Saving you time, money, frustration, and even more important, your life and the lives of those loved ones around you. We know what we’re doing and how to help you with any pest problems you may be combating. Click here to schedule service.
Ants love baking products and moisture. Check out this video explaining different ways to avoid ant infestation in your kitchen!
Earwigs, nocturnal insects with forcep pincers and membranous wings, are found throughout the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. They are among some of the smaller insect orders with approximately 2,000 species in 12 families.
Earwigs are almost always found in home gardens because they gravitate toward moist crevices during the day and feed on plants, insects, and dead and living organisms at night. Outdoor temperatures, which include dry, hot, or cold conditions, are not ideal for earwigs because they are moisture-loving insects.
Earwigs are commonly blamed for damaging foliage, flowers and crops. Earwigs have been known to cause substantial damage to seeding plants, soft fruit and sweet corn. The damage caused by earwigs is most noticeable from missing all or parts of leaves or stems. Not all earwigs are bad, but when their damage becomes excessive is when it creates havoc for gardeners. The garden plants earwigs are most attracted to are herbs, corn tassels, dahlias, marigolds, roses, and zinnias.
Getting Rid of Earwigs
A starting point for eliminating earwigs is clearing the mulch from the area where they are congregating and letting the soil dry out. Trapping is a common method of eliminating earwigs. Burying a low-sided can sunk into the ground and filled with vegetable and fish oil can make a common earwig trap. These types of traps can be placed throughout the yard or hidden under shrubbery and ground cover plantings.
Captured earwigs can be dumped or dropped into a plastic bag and crushed. These procedures should be continued until you are no longer catching earwigs.
Earwigs found inside your home can be swept or vacuumed. Seal cracks and entry points to avoid infestation and remove materials away from the perimeter of your home. Drain sprouts and clean rain gutter to minimize moisture and prevent invasions.