How to prevent infestations of insects and rodents?

Preventive steps to keep insects out of your home.

The principle of integrated pest management is to reduce the negative impacts of certain pests in an efficient, economical and safe manner. Basically, it's about developing a strategy to bring the population of such organizations back to an acceptable level. When a person realizes that harmful organisms, such as insects and or small animals, are introduced into his home, his first reaction is generally to want to eliminate them completely. It must be understood that, in any case, pesticides alone do not usually succeed in completely eliminating the presence of pests. To do this, we recommend that you establish an integrated pest management program.

Steps:

  1. Prevention: Prevention ensures sustainable reduction of pest populations. In the long run, we often get better results at a lower cost. If treatment is needed, it will be more effective if preventive measures have already helped to reduce some of the problems caused by pests.
  2. Identification of pests and knowledge of the causes of infestation: Accurate identification of the pest is the key to effective pest control. It facilitates the choice of control methods. The main sources of information for identification are as follows;
    • Government Publications
    • Government expert in pest control
    • Universities and Colleges
    • Diagnostic Laboratories
    • Representative of pest control products or entities that offer a pest control service.
    Once the pest is identified, it is important to know its life history, behavior and interaction with its host to determine the causes of infestation.
  3. Screening and intervention thresholds: To screen for insects or problem animals, install sticky traps or mechanical traps to identify the problem before moving to a mechanical, biological or chemical intervention.
  4. Control methods: These decisions should be made with the following questions in mind:
    • Is the control of the pest necessary?
    • What is the safest and most effective means of struggle (or combination of means).
    • Which pesticide is the least toxic or harmful to non-target organisms and the environment?
    • Which pesticide will improve the situation the long term?
    • Which pesticide will improve the situation the long term?
    • Which pesticide will be the most cost-effective?
    • When should the means of control be implemented?
    • What are the security rules for the site and the application?
    • Do the environmental conditions lend themselves to the intervention method?
  5. Monitoring and reassessment: It is very important to follow up. It's about recording the information, evaluating the results and taking notes. In this way, you will be ready to attack the problem if it ever resurfaces.