How Pest Control Works (5 Types Explained and Their Effectiveness)

Pest control is a topic that many people avoid and don’t usually think about until it directly affects them. Once this happens, it can send them scrambling and trying to understand how pest control works.

You may also wonder, “How effective is pest control?”

As your trusty companion, I’m here to help you get the answers to these questions and more. In the post below, I outline five basic types of pest controls and how they work. This will help you understand which type may be better suited for your indoor needs.

If you’re interested in trying method #5 below, make sure to check out my detailed electronic pest control reviews and guide so you can get a high-quality product.

Pest Control Method One: Biological

Biological pest control refers to introducing animals that are not originally part of the environment in to try and control the pests. It’s proven to be very effective depending on the pest, and it’s also a chemical free option. For example, if you have mice or other small rodents, introducing a cat to hunt them would be a good example of effective biological pest control.

You do have to be very careful when you use this form of pest control because it may result in an overpopulation of the predatory species that you introduce to control the pests. Silverfish predators include spiders and other bugs. Introducing spiders to your home can control the silverfish population. However, you may soon find far too many spiders in your home and have to deal with them.

Pest Control Method Two: Natural

Natural pest control is gaining more popularity as people start to look for ways to get rid of their pests that don’t involve the use of chemicals. Particularly, people have started to incorporate various essential oils into their pest repellent routines because they smell good, are easy to get, they’re inexpensive, and they’re mostly safe to use around your pets and family.

Popular essential oils that people use to repel pests include peppermint, spearmint, lavender, citronella, sage, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. You mix these oils with water and spray them around your home. They’re effective for short-term pest control. However, you’ll have to continually reapply them to get the full effects.

Pest Control Method Three: Chemical

One of the most popular pest control methods available today are chemical pest controls. You can use these chemical pest controls on your own, but most manufacturers recommend that you hire a professional company to come in and apply the chemical treatments.

Chemical pest controls are effective because they go to the heart of the infestation and kill all of the pests that are currently in and around your home. The chemicals also form a type of barrier that keeps any more pests from coming in and reinfecting your home or causing more issues.

Pest Control Method Four: Traps

Traps are another form of pest control that is more popular for rodents, but they do work with bugs as well. You place the traps around your home where you’ve noticed the pests the most. For example, ant traps allow the ants to drink the poison and take it back with them to their nest. This infects the entire nest and kills them from the inside out.

Snap-type traps are effective for mice or rats. You bait the trap and set it out overnight. The rodent smells the bait, tries to take it off the trap, and sets the trap. The rodent dies when the trap snaps closed. Live traps are a more humane option for larger rodents as well.

Pest Control Method Five: Electronic

The final type of pest control is electronic pest control. This is a relatively new technology, but people like it because it’s fast, easy, and very effective for both bugs and rodents.

Once you purchase an electronic pest control device, all you have to do is plug it into a wall outlet. This device will either emit ultrasonic frequencies or send pulses through the electrical system in your home to disorient and repel bugs and rodents.

Depending on the device you choose, you may need one for each room. If you choose the electronic version, you’ll need one for each circuit in your home. A quick glance at your fuse box should tell you how many you need to protect your entire home and repel pests. If you choose an ultrasonic pest repeller, you’ll need one for each room you want to protect.

Now that you know how pest control works and how effective is pest control, you can decide for yourself which method is going to work best for your situation. You can use more than one, and it may take some experimenting before you find the correct combination. But, the good news is that they’ll keep your home free of pests and rodents.

Your pal,
Trusty Joe