Human civilization, for millennia, has resulted in settlements that are dense in population, and these urban centers, from antiquity to now, are also dense in food and hiding places for unwelcome guests, often insects or rodents, who see a settlement as a free buffet. Today, commercial extermination services can be hired to help get rid of unwanted species, and ant control, bed bug removal, and more can be done when commercial extermination services are called to get rid of a heavy infestation. What is more, commercial extermination services can take care of rodents that commonly appear in buildings as well, such as rats and mice, who are a problem all on their own. A concerned restaurant manager, homeowner, or anyone else can call upon commercial extermination services to get rid of a rat colony, termites, or other harmful pests after they are found.
Today’s commercial extermination services exist for a good reason: pest species are drawn to the bountiful food in human settlements. Ever since the agricultural revolution, humanity has started storing its grains, fruits and vegetables, and more in permanent locations, but this also invites some unintended guests to the dinner table. Rats, mice, locusts, ants, and many other species always flock to these stored grains and other foods to feed upon, and it is commonly accepted that wildcats were domesticated mainly to serve as rat and mouse catchers. Dogs, too, may have been used to help hunt down all sorts of wildlife that attempted to steal food from early settlements, and today commercial extermination services have taken over that role for the most part. Estimates show that as much as 20% of the world’s food supply is targeted by rats, mice, and other species, showing that this age-old problem is still present. What is more, without modern commercial pest control services, it is likely that as much as 50%, fully half, of the world’s food supply would be contaminated or consumed by these species. And some species, such as termites or mosquitoes, are after different targets entirely. What can be done about this?
Hiring Pest Control
A homeowner or building manager may call upon for pest control in a number of scenarios. For one thing, termites are a common threat to buildings that have wood in them, such as suburban homes, as well as carpenter ants. These insects can rapidly devour wood and hollow it out, weakening structures and even threatening collapses or other issues, resulting in expensive repairs. A homeowner whose area is prone to these species can find ways to diagnose a termite or carpenter ant infestation and call an exterminator, who will have the equipment and the training to drive off and/or kill a colony or such insects. Exterminators can also be called upon if there is a large rat or mouse colony living inside or near a home or other building, and exterminators can either capture or kill these rodents before they can do any more harm. Rats and mice often chew on electric cords or plastic pipes and damage them, and these rodents also carry fleas that may in turn carry infectious diseases. Besides that, rats may sometimes bite people or pets. Rats and mice will take a great interest in a building that has enough loose food for them to steal.
Pests can target other areas besides food stores. Bed bugs, for example, see people themselves as food, and can burrow deeper into mattresses than commercial products or cleaning services can reach, so commercial exterminators may have to be called in to drive them off or kill them. Flying insects may also be an issue, such as wasps or hornets, who often build nests on or near houses or similar structures. These insects often sting people and pets and generally harass them, so exterminators can get rid of the nests and also stun or kill the insects inside to prevent attacks. Some commercial products can be used, such as sprays on individual insects, or setting up nets and meshes around a porch or deck to prevent flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and hornets from reaching people and food outdoors. Such nets should be checked regularly for holes in them.