Pests Here, Pests There, Pests Everywhere

You can’t escape pests. Try as you may, you simply can’t escape this scenario: You wake up late in the night and head to the kitchen for a glass of water. Turning on the lights reveals cockroaches bolting helter-skelter. This is a scene we’ve all seen played out before.

Rodents, insects and even plants, mold and bacteria are all pests. And where are there mostly found? Outdoors, you can be sure to find them in lawns, yards, flowers, vegetable gardens, shade and fruits trees. Indoors, it’s very likely there are pests lurking beneath any place that’s often hidden from sight, so think kitchen cabinets, drawers, underneath washing machines and fridges; any nook and cranny of the house.

This isn’t a problem that should be taken lightly because pests can be hazardous to health in more ways than you’ll believe. Imagine what that would be like. You visit West Palm Beach for all the clubs and parks but instead end up in a hospital. Not the most pleasant of alternatives, is it?

Pest Management

This is without a doubt the most effective means of controlling pests, because it entails a combination of methods dubbed IPM (Integrated Pest Management). IPM is preventing pest damage by utilizing pest control methods and available information on pests to mitigate their damage in the most economical way and with least damage to lives, property and the environment as a whole.

IPM makes recourse to potentially harmful chemicals unnecessary-unless those chemicals would be a much better and effective option. A little more on that later on. Pest management involves:

  • Identification of the problem: We’ll make this as simple as possible. If you see one cockroach or rat scurrying around the kitchen floor, chances there are hordes of others hidden from sight. Identifying pests is prime when it comes to pest control. You might have to access external sources like insect field guides and websites detailing residential pest control information to identify other signs of pest infestation
  • Deciding on Just How Much Pest Control is Necessary: There is a difference between eradication and control of pests. The former necessities use of extensive and hazardous chemicals. If it comes to it, use them; but a more reasonable approach would be to take into consideration if you really want all your pests gone. We know it sounds counterintuitive, but bear with us.

For Instance, some insects can actually be beneficial to your lawns. Lady bugs feed on aphids and other tiny, soft-bodied insect pests; and lacewings feed on caterpillar eggs, so you can see eliminating them means depriving your lawn of nature’s own way of pest control.

  • Making a Decision on the Most Effective Option to Choose: This is the part where you decide which options would best cater to your problem after identifying it and how much control it requires. There are three major options to choose from:
  1. – Prevention
  2. – Non-Chemical pest controls
  3. – Chemical pest controls
  • Evaluating the Results Before Taking the Next Action. After you implement a pest control method, give it time to take effect first. The results might not be as immediate as you want but don’t rush and try an alternative before the initial control or prevention methods even start having an effect.

Pest Prevention


There is very little complexity involved here.

For Indoor Prevention, don’t allow water to accumulate anywhere in your house. Pests need water to survive, so deny them what they need. Fix leaky plumbing and clean up any water beneath trays. Plates and pans should also be thoroughly washed and dried, and wet materials should be taken out to dry. These are simple yet often underestimated prevention methods.

The same applies for food. Store it properly in the fridge or in sealed jars and containers. The pets you have around should be bathed often and properly too. And block of any pest entry ways, so install screens over doors and windows and floor drains too.

For Outdoor Prevention: remove pest hiding places. The piles of wood all around your house should be removed to discourage termite infestation. Fallen fruits and diseased plants should also be destroyed.

Wherever the pests breed (stagnant water, garbage, etc.) should be removed. Even pet dropping can attract flies which in turn can spread bacteria.

All outdoor plants should be pruned and taken care of properly. This is necessary because good plant health acts a buffer against pest; healthy plants resist the actions of pests more than unhealthy ones, and that helps reduces pest control needs.

Non-Chemical Pest Controls

We recommend this option before trying chemical pest control because the former’s methods exert an effect on pest for longer periods of time, and that is just one of many reasons. And non-chemical pest control methods are deterrents that prevent pests from developing resistance to pesticides. What’s more, non-chemical methods pose neither threat nor are they hazardous to human life.

We can break them down into manual treatments and biological controls

  • Biological Controls. We like to call this one ‘Karma Control’, because the insects and rodents feeding on your precious fruits can be fed on by other creatures too. Payback is sweet, isn’t it? Predator birds like purple martin and others eat insects, as do bats, whiteflies, centipedes, dragon flies and infinite other beneficial creatures.

Here’s a tip on how to attract purple martin. Install a purple martin house in your yard. The birds will frequent it and in turn, keep a check on those pesky pests.

So what this control method essentially entails is using a pest’s natural enemies to your advantage.

There are manual methods you can utilize too, as they all encompass non-chemical pest control. Use spades and hoes to cut weeds; handpick weeds and pests from plants; set traps to keep rampant mice and rats in check; make use of flyswatters; and mulch to limit weed growth.

Chemical Pest Controls

We only advice this as the last option when all others fail. There are an infinite varieties of pesticide products in stores, online and any other platform that makes sales. You don’t have to be a professional to use them. Caution must be taken when using these because mishandling them can mean a hazard to health.

Pesticides may exert merely temporary effects on pests, but repeated treatments and prolonged usage can eventually culminate inthe effect and results desired. The one issue with these is, with the passage of time, some pests tend to develop resistance to these pesticides. Once they adapt to these chemicals, they become immune to them. Tenacious, aren’t they?

That doesn’t mean they can’t be dealt with, of course. When all else fails, hire professional pest control companies and let them to their thing. Sometimes, these companies utilize gases that are poisonous not just to pest but to humans too, so make certain you do your research and enquire form the companies themselves any hazards involved and how best to keep safe.

This pretty much gives you the lowdown on pest control in West Palm Beach. It’s little different from other places because pests don’t discriminate. They’re everywhere every time. It’s arguable you can eliminate all pests from your house, but you can reduce them to an almost unnoticeable number. Total elimination is expensive and will take time, but in the end, the ultimate decision lies with you.

Call O’Hara Pest Control at 561-655-9011 in West Palm Beach Florida and let us to handle your residential and commercial pest control needs.

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