Don’t Try This At Home: Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Methods Can Result In Deadly Consequences

The hassle and damage caused by pest infestations can make people want to exterminate these pests with extreme prejudice. When confronted with the choice between doing it themselves and hiring a pest control company, most initially opt to do it themselves. They balk at the cost of professional Pest Control Methods Ppt help, especially when they can vividly imagine what they can do with the savings. Unfortunately, except for a few lucky ones, homeowners end up wasting money on ineffective do-it-yourself control methods, and in the end have to hire a pest control company to get rid of their problem.
A common pest extermination product is poison, which is seen as an easy way to get rid of pests. There are several mistakes an amateur can commit. The first mistake is buying and applying the poison without checking the type of pest – or pests – infesting the home. The poison is often applied immediately with only a cursory glance at the instructions.
The results are unpleasant. The poison may have been chosen incorrectly, leaving the pests unharmed. Their contact with the poisonous substance may cause it to spread to other places like water sources, exposed food, and children’s toys. This can in turn poison the human residents instead. On the other hand, if the poison is successful, pests may die in places that are hard to reach. The decomposing flesh will exude noxious odors. The air may carry bacteria and viruses from these dead animals, particularly if the pest died in a ventilation duct. The health of each resident will be placed at considerable risk and the medication of those who become sick will be costly.
Decontamination and Sanitation
Like any other living being, pests die when they have reached the end of their life span. The problem is where they do so, often many rats and mice perish in hidden spaces causing an unbearable stink. A homeowner’s initial reaction will normally be to seek out the carcass and dispose of it as soon as possible. But this puts him at risk. The attempt may result in injury and property damage, not to mention the possibility of acquiring a potentially life-threatening disease like tularemia – a disease which causes fever, dry cough, joint pain, and progressive weakness. In cases of rat infestation, there may also be exposed electrical wiring which can harm the unwary or cause a fire.
Ignoring the Problem Until Too Late
The last and worst mistake that could be committed is to ignore the problem while it’s small. Most household pests infest homes for a reason. Inside the house they find an endless food source and shelter. From food to furniture to walls, they settle inside, build their nests and reproduce quickly. So, catching an infestation at its early stages is the ideal moment to seek help. This will limit the damage. The longer you wait to attend the situation, the harder will be to get rid of it. And of course the harm to …

Black Widows: Dangerous, But Rarely Deadly

Perhaps nothing in the world of insects and arachnids is as maligned by a mythic – and unearned – reputation for malevolence than the black widow spider. Here are just a few false notions about the shiny black eight-legged creatures.
• Myth: Female black widow spiders always eat the male after mating. Reality: While this occasionally happens, it is rare, and it’s often as much the fault of the male as the female. The act of reproduction effectively neuters male black widows, so there is no instinctive need for the male to go anywhere after mating. Since cannibalism is rampant among all spider species, if a male stays in the immediate area of the female’s web for an extended period of time, there’s a decent chance it will be eaten.
• Myth: This spider’s venom is ounce-for-ounce the deadliest toxin known to man. Reality: It’s no doubt that the bites can be dangerous, but only females of the species have the anatomy capable of injecting harmful amounts of venom, and even then it’s rarely deadly. In fact, human Will Sevin Dust Kill Thrips mortality from black widow bites is well less than one percent, and hospitalization is rarely even required. What’s even less well known is the fact that all spiders are venomous, but, due to their small size, they are unable to hurt anything larger than an insect in most cases.
• Myth: They are aggressive spiders that will attack even when unprovoked. Reality: They build their webs in hard-to-reach spaces in cluttered areas and under rocks, fallen tree limbs and stumps. They are poor runners and climbers who almost never leave their webs, and it’s only when their webs are disturbed that they bite. Even though the facts demonstrate that this spider isn’t exactly Garden Pest Beginning With A a menace, they do pose a threat to people who aren’t familiar with preventing bug bites in general and are unaware of the spiders’ markings and preferred habitat. And, worse, the hotter-than-average summer that has plagued most of North America has resulted in higher populations of black widow and other spiders, which has resulted in a spike in reports of bites over recent months.
Looks and locations: The features and markings of a black widow spider are practically iconic. The shiny black color, broken up by a bright red hourglass shape on the underside, is characteristic of the female black widow, which is usually between a half-inch and an inch long. The male spider is about half the size of a female and often has red dots on the top of the abdomen instead of the red hourglass underneath.
They live mostly outdoors, under piles of wood, rubble and other debris. They can also be found in hollow stumps, under rocks, and under the eaves and in the corners of sheds and garages. They may be found, less frequently, indoors in places like basements and crawl spaces that house boxes and other clutter that go undisturbed for long periods.…