- Pest Control

Why Is Pest Control Important for Ecology and Health?

In Australia and many other countries, pests contribute a significant amount of damage to homes, businesses, individuals and their environment each year. Pests, which can include both insects and other destructive animals like rodents, are much more detrimental than many people realise. They may be small, but they can wreak major havoc when they are not properly controlled.
While lots of victims of pest infestation may initially try to tackle the problem on their own accord, this often leads to even greater complications when their methods do not work as planned. Instead, it’s advised that people suffering from infestation rely on professional pest control services to remedy the situation. Expert advice and treatment methods can help you get rid of insects, vermin and other unwanted creatures once and for all so that you can live peacefully without threat.
You may still be wondering, why is pest control such a big deal? Sure, creepy crawly bugs and furry rodents may be unpleasant to look at and even more unpleasant to accidentally brush up against. But if you embrace a live and let live approach to life, you may not be too concerned about they’re presence. I mean, they’re not really affecting you, right? Wrong!
As previously mentioned, pests can affect not just your physical assets but also your physical health and the overall ecology of your environment. There are all sorts of pests present in Australia. Some of the most common include cockroaches, termites, flies, bees, ants, rats and mice. Each of these creatures has the potential to pose a serious threat that should not be taken lightly. Here are a few ways in which Australian pests can cause concern:
Agricultural Effects
Pests eat all sorts of crops, which can hinder their growth for years to come and affect overall biodiversity in an area. In Australia alone, pests cost billions of dollars in agricultural loss every single year. They are known to compromise native plants and other wildlife⎼ Sometimes even permanently impacting their presence.
Domestic Health Effects
Pests can also compromise the structure of your home or other property. This typically takes place when they eat or infesting the wood of your property or breed within the walls or ceilings. While there are obvious financial inconveniences that come with property destruction, there are also physical risks that you may face in this situation if your home is no longer fit to live in.
Physical Health Effects
Many pests carry diseases and illnesses that can be transferred to humans and pets. This is not only a risk if pests bite or sting you, but also when they make contact with your food or water sources. To avoid potential health effects, it’s strongly encourages that you wipe out pests at the first sign of infestation.
Now that you know why pest control is important for yourself, your home, your family and your environment, it’s time to learn the best ways of preventing or handling unwanted intruders in your property.
There are all sorts of pest control methods out there⎼  Some more natural and “humane”, others more invasive, and many that fuse both sides of the spectrum. The best possible way to control pests is to make sure you are at a low risk of attracting them in the first place. This can be done through a few easy steps, including the following:

  • Always keep food items sealed and put away
  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur
  • Tightly seal your rubbish and compost bins and keep them outside if possible
  • Close up all cracks and gaps in the doors, walls, ceilings and windows
  • Place traps around the house if you suspect pests are nearby

If you know that you already have a pest problem in your home or business and are now looking for a way to deal with it, don’t fret. There are all sorts of resources available to help you dismantle the problem, from prevention guides to insecticide solutions to professional exterminators and more.
Please take note that when picking a pest control specialist to help you rid yourself of infestation, it’s important to do adequate research beforehand. There is a significant amount of pest control legislation present in Victoria that any pest control company you hire should adhere to in order to keep both you and their team safe from pesticide exposure. Companies should also be able to demonstrate their track record of success in getting rid of pests and their knowledge of local Australian wildlife to ensure they can sufficiently handle the problem. Once this is confirmed, you can take solace in the fact that you’re supporting your health and local ecology by tackling your pest problem in a safe and effective way.