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Confused By Pest Management? Science Is Key For Pest Removal

If pests have found their way into your home, you may be struggling to find the best way to remove them. Don’t allow these pests to create problems for your family. You can get rid of household invaders by taking the time to understand the steps that pest removal companies take when treating homes. Pest management companies use science to identify the best ways to remove household bugs.

Ideally you want to find a pest control solution that eradicates pests quickly without causing any harm to humans or pets that live in the home. Ideally companies should use pesticides that meet these qualifications while remaining odor-free, inflammable, and  which feature a short-lasting chemical residue.

How Were Pesticides Developed?

Pesticides have been used to remove pests from crops and homes for quite some time, but since WWII there have been frequent and major developments made in this area. Originally the most commonly used products in American homes were all very dangerous chemicals. Arsenic, cyanide and, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (most commonly known as DDT) were all commonly used throughout the home.

DDT was the most common pesticide for many years, due to the large number of pests that it was effective against as well as the fact that it didn’t need to be reapplied often and wouldn’t wash away following rain. As the environmental movement began it was discovered that DDT was not as harmless as had once been believed. For this reason DDT was banned in 1972 by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists used what they had learned while studying DDT to start to develop new, safer pesticides.

How Do Pesticides Work?

Pesticides are able to put an end to pests by essentially shutting down their central nervous system. Doing so allows these chemicals to prevent signals from being sent from the neurotransmitters found in the insect. This over-stimulates the muscles in the pest’s body, which leads to immobilization and death. The systems that are affected by pesticides are present in all species, so while some pesticides may be more effective for certain pests than others, they all can be harmful to many types of life forms including humans.

How Safe Are Pesticides?

There are many factors that go into effect when selecting a pesticide to use in your home. The most important of these factors should be the safety of the products. Different pesticides have varying safety levels, and you should take this into account before selecting a product. There are many common types of products – including dusts, sprays and gel or liquid baits. Consider the information below:

Type of Product



Low. May travel to unintended areas or be accidentally inhaled by pets or humans


Moderate. These products are found in the form of sprays and foggers, and since they are applied directly to the pest there is little chance for the chemicals to spread. The danger in these products lies in their highly flammable nature.


High. These pesticides are planted underground, so it is very hard for chemicals from the bait to travel away from the intended area. These devices are most commonly used when treating soil-dwelling insects.


High. The products, available in both gel or liquid forms, require a low percentage of the active ingredient in order to produce the desired effects.

Are pesticides right for your home? If you’ve tried natural pest removal methods and haven’t had any luck then you’ll probably have to use some form of pesticide in order to put an end to the pest problem in your home. These products can be extremely dangerous if applied improperly, so don’t attempt to apply pesticides on your own. Get in touch with a pest control provider as soon as you begin to experience a problem with pests in your home.

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