What Is Physical Pest Control?
When most people think about pest control the first thing they think about is poisons. To them, the idea of extermination revolves around spraying pesticides or leaving poison. While this is mostly true, most pest control involves physical pest control.
The reason for this is simple. You see, what you have to realise is that pests are essentially infinite. There are an endless number of pests that can come into your home from outside. What this really means is that chemicals can only do so much. If you’re really going to get rid of pests then you need some type of physical pest control.
What does physical pest control involve?
Physical pest control basically refers to any physical act that is taken against pests. For the most part, this means creating physical barriers that prevent pests from entering your property. A good example of this is pest proofing and regular home maintenance. Before doing anything else, pest technicians will thoroughly inspect your property. We make sure than there are no gaps, holes, cracks, or other entrance points for pests.
If we find these, they are sealed up, and this prevents pests from getting inside. The big benefit of doing this is that it’s a relatively permanent solution. Physical barriers are the best long-term way to keep pests out. Compare this to the effects of pesticides, that fade over time.
Another advantage of physical pest control is that it can prevent further damage. Remember, rats and mice gnaw on parts of your property, which is why rodent proofing is so crucial. This creates holes in walls and the wooden parts of your home. The act of sealing these holes up will often deter the rodents from doing further damage.
What about traps – are they physical pest control?
Traps can also be considered as a physical method of pest control. When traps are set up, they are not simply placed anywhere. There are specific areas where traps should be left, otherwise they simply will not work. For example, rodents generally follow certain routes in and out of their nests. They will rarely deviate from these paths. What this means is that we can set traps along these paths and in this way catch the rodents. Also, as time goes by, traps can be gradually used to restrict the movements of rodents. This can be done until they are finally driven out of the house.
The bottom line is that physical methods are by far the best and easiest method of professional pest control. It is not entirely necessary to use pesticides, poisons, and chemicals. The first and most important step is to simply limit access to your property.