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Pest Exterminators Deserve Recognition

Pest Exterminators Deserve Recognition

Pest professionals don’t get the respect they deserve. They are at the forefront of fighting the spread of disease by helping to lower the populations of the creatures which most often carry and spread disease. It is about time they get the respect and recognition they deserve.

The job of pest exterminators

A Pest can be anything that bothers you, particularly rodents, bugs, or weeds. Pest exterminators deal with a variety of pest problems, it is not glamorous work, but it is work that must be done for the prevention and containment of disease, and other related public health reasons. Pest exterminators perform tasks that most people do not really want to think about, which like other necessary but distasteful occupations, involve the removal of something that can be dangerous to us. You may not want to think about how the roaches, rats, or sewage is disposed of, but it is something that must happen for our species to survive.

Complaints about extermination

One of the chief complaints about pest exterminators is the cost of the extermination service. Please remember that exterminators are required to test for licensing, retrain each year, maintain insurance policies, purchase and maintain equipment, purchase chemicals, purchase and maintain transportation, buy fuel, and pay taxes. In short, being an exterminator is expensive. The profit involved is much less than you might imagine, and the work is rarely pleasant.

Environment and health concerns

Another problem that pest exterminators face, is that the work of removing pests often involves chemicals which some can be dangerous. This puts them at odds with groups who oppose the use of chemicals on safety and environmental grounds, which can add stress to the job.

Chemical hazards

Pest exterminators also deal with the danger of chronic exposure to insecticides and the potential hazards of acute pesticide exposure which can cause health problems.

All in all, the pest exterminator is not being overpaid for his work.

The most common pest exterminators

Rodent exterminators

  • Rat exterminators
  • Mouse exterminators

Bug exterminators

  • Roach exterminators
  • Ant exterminators
  • Spider exterminators
  • Termite exterminators
  • Bed bug exterminators

Outdoor pests

  • Wasp exterminators
  • Bee exterminators
  • A variety of lawn and garden pests

Before you decide that it is time to call a bee exterminator, call a bee keeper instead. Bee keepers will often gather the bees, and use them for pollination and honey production, so destroying them would be a shame.


Pest Control Brush Weeds Rubble Clean Up

Pest Control Brush Weeds Rubble Clean Up

Part two in our pest prevention series.

To control pests through prevention the very best way to start is by clearing your property of the things that encourage pests. Simple, right? Weedy brushy areas are both cover and breeding grounds for pests.

Weeds

Weeds provide food for bugs and rodents. Mice like seed. Weeds have seed. Mice like weeds! Simple as that. The complexities of what each bug and rodent likes to eat, and how the interaction between all of them produces this buggy, weedy community would be out of place here, so let’s just say that weeds attract insects and rodents seeking food. Weeds also attract insects and rodents who seek cover from predators. So, between the food, and the shelter, weeds make a pretty happy hunting ground and breeding ground for small annoying creatures.

Naturally, the question comes up: “If they like weeds so much why don’t they just stay there and out of my kitchen?” The answer is simple: They think you may have a better life for them.

Brush

Fence Row Brush

Brush mixed with weeds is a sign that property is not maintained well. It usually means that it was cleared once, and has not been maintained or used since it was cleared. This makes for a more advanced pest community, and, yes, if you live nearby, they will advance to your doorstep! Clearing your property of such problem areas will advance your pest control program beyond what exterminators can offer.

Brush and weeds are not normal growth

A patch of brush and weeds is not a native habitat, it is the early stage of something that might become a forest in 30 years, but what it grows is rarely natural or native. Such situations are created by humans by accident, and rarely produce native plants in abundance. The only wildlife that is attracted to such an area is the type of wildlife attracted to other forms of human waste and garbage. Saving such areas in the name of saving the environment is not realistic. From my experience, what grows in cleared areas that are not maintained is almost always non native, biodiversity attacking, invasive and a threat to the surrounding natural environment.

Rubble

Rubble and rubbish are a big problem. These stacks and piles offer ideal homes for rodents, and the resulting snakes that feed on them. They also provide food and shelter for insects that would like to spend some time in your kitchen.

Roaches and decaying wood

The natural food of the roach is wet decaying wood. If you have piles or stacks of it around your place, you will eventually have roaches who will attempt to come inside your home for something a little more tasty. When they get inside, the roach population will grow commensurate with the availability of food. It doesn’t require a truly dirty home, a drop of grease will feed thousands of the little disease spreaders. Getting rid of rubble will eliminate most of the threat.

General cleanup

Things like tires, and buckets, disused pet food and watering bowls, and the old moon hubcap that you planned to build a truck around someday provide luxury accommodations for mosquitoes to reproduce. If you remove these things from your property, or store them properly, it will go a long way to solving problems with mosquitoes.

What to do

My advice is to clean it up. If you keep fire wood, stack it on a wood rack, preferably a foot or more off the ground. This will both preserve the wood, and prevent a lot of little things from becoming a big problem. If you have brushy weedy areas on your property, take an ax to the brush, and mow the weeds. Then keep it mowed.

Habitats

If your goal is to have a backyard habitat, work on the brush and weeds selectively. Get rid of the weeds by mowing them, unless there is a patch of truly native plant life that you want to save. Get rid of non native, invasive plants that will eventually take over if left to their own devices. Nurture and encourage the remaining native plant life, and you will be surprised at the results.

See part three in our pest prevention series: How Lawn Care Effects Pest Control