How to monitor pests in your property
Pests can be hard to spot sometimes. They are always persistent, fast, and tricky that right before we realised their presence, the damage has already been done. These damages caused by pests can ultimately be costly and even, dangerous to human health. But how do we keep our family and home protected from pest at all times?
To keep safe from pest is equal to having the right pest control practised within your home. But before coming up with an effective pest solution, monitoring for pest activity must be done prior.
IPM Principles: Monitoring Pest Activity
Monitoring pest activity has its vital purpose in providing an indication of pest activity level that is present in your home or commercial property. This is carried out through the use of traps or tools that help attract pests or insects, and thus finding out what type of pest is responsible for current infestation and damage.
Monitoring pest helps pest control experts assess the situation and come up with an appropriate solution to solve and put an end to an active pest infestation, with tools and products that are 100% safe to human health, pets, and nature. It is one of the essential Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices that must be followed by all pest professionals.
How does it work?
Monitoring pests can be done in a lot of ways as long as it’s strictly following safety protocols. Some are done through traps, baits, chew cards, and even manual tracking.
Monitoring pest activity with traps & bait
Baits and traps always go together. When placing traps, make sure that both exit and entrance are clear of obstructions. When you place them in yards, get rid of long grass, twigs, and other vegetation that might hinder pests from passing through, or ruin the trap itself. Consider where you place your traps; think of possible places where pests might frequent, or anywhere near a food source.
Common pest traps used:
- Light Traps
- Pheromone Traps
- Pitfall Traps
The choice of baits also differs on the type of pests that need to be monitored. For carnivorous pests, placing fresh baits such as chicken meat, beef, or rabbit are advised. Dead mice can also be used.
As for monitoring rats or house mice, peanut butter is ideal.
Place chew cards
Chew cards are best for monitoring rodents such as rats and mice. These cards are impregnated with a lure to encourage pests to chew or bite on it. The bite marks will help identify what pests are actively infesting your home and go on with an appropriate pest treatment.
Chew cards can be placed all around the house. Pest control experts can provide you with these cards and give you advice on how to use them properly.
There are some DIY monitoring pest activity practices you can do at home. First, start off with searching for visible pest droppings on the floor. That only can indicate possible pest infestation within your property. Also, check on your stuff regularly for any present bite marks and scratches.
It is essential to coordinate with professional pest operators when it comes to assessing and identifying pest activity within your area. Our experts at Trusted keep records of all our pest monitoring actions, whether or not any progress has been made, and/or if traps are properly maintained.
This helps us come up with the best pest control solutions that suit whatever situation you may have, thus allowing you, your family, and your business to be safe from any hazard pests can cause. Call us today!