When it comes to insect control, there are two main strategies that are often employed. One calls for the extermination of bugs, usually through the use of chemical pesticides, poison or traps. The other calls for repelling the insects through other forms, such as creating electrical fields they do not like or other chemicals displeasing to their senses.
Among the types of insect control that kills the bugs, it is important to find a spray or fumigation technique that works for the particular situation. While most will kill nearly all bugs, some will last longer. Others will be more effective against certain types of bugs.
Those who opt for sprays may want to have it done by a professional agency which focuses its efforts on insect control. These companies often will help you determine what types of sprays will be most effective, focus on problem areas and prescribe a schedule of treatment. In addition to the type of insect problem a home or building may have, other things also factor into the spray type, such as if the home has children or pets.
Fumigation is also a possibility. This uses a gas to infiltrate certain portions of the home and kill any bugs that it comes into contact with. It may also have residual properties that will keep killing for weeks or months into the future. One offshoot of fumigation is tent fumigation. Tenting the house allows the smoke to more fully penetrate the home and is especially helpful when treating for wood-eating insects, such as termites, which may not respond well to other types of insect control techniques.
Poison is another option for insect control. It involves baiting areas with items that the bugs will ingest, but will ultimately be harmful to them. Poison is often a type of insect control done with ant problems, which tend to eat a variety of substances and die very easily. Also, because ants carry food back to the colony, it ends up killing the ants that cannot be seen, as well as those that can.
Those who decide to take up spraying or fumigating themselves should be careful to avoid any dangerous situations. While the kitchen is usually a very attractive area for bugs, employing some pest control methods around the kitchen could be risky. A homeowner needs to make sure the pesticides and other chemicals do not come into contact with any food or food surfaces. All food surfaces should be thoroughly washed after spraying in the kitchen, whether or not they were sprayed directly.