Starting a pest control business? Here is how

How to start a pest control business

Do you have the interest of starting a pest control business? Then this guide will assist you with the general information on how you can pursue this venture. There are many pest control business scattered all over which are run by either individuals or companies so it is important to know how you are going to start out.

This business, just like other businesses is very much profitable and you will surely make profits of close to $100,000 each year if you market yourself well and have many positive reviews from your customers.

The first and foremost consideration that you have to make is which type of pest your firm is going to specialize in when starting a pest control business. This is very important because there are very many pests available inside and outside the home which require very different treatment. You can also decide to take care of all the pests.

Now once you have decided the type of pest that you will get rid of it very important that you write a business plan. This can be done by yourself or you can hire out someone to. This will assist you if you are to get any kind of financing. Start up costs of a pest control business can range anywhere from around $15,000 to $60,000.

The next thing is to get a business license and this will vary depending on your location. But as any other business out there you have to get one before you start operating.

If you don’t know a thing about pest control then it will be very important to get yourself some training. There are many resources available that can help you kick start your career in pest control and you can get some here.

It is also important to join trade organizations that will assist you in advice and you will also get lots of encouragement and support as you grow your business. Having up to date information on the latest technologies used in pest control is vital so that you can stand out from the rest.

The Comprehensive Electronic Pest Control Guide

Electronic Pest Control GuideHere is the Comprehensive electronic guide you will ever get

Different Types of electronic Pest Control

Electric and ultrasonic pest control is another method used widely by many people to get rid of the unwanted guests in the house. In this post I will review the different devices that are widely used in many homes. These gadgets will work depending on the type of pesky creatures that you want to get rid of and can also be found in any part of the world, so whether you are in Australia, Ireland, Canada, India, Malaysia, south Africa, Dubai, U.K. or china you will find them on stores or alternatively you can shop for them at online stores like Amazon, nextag, walmart or home depot where you can even get free shipping.

Bird Repellent devices and products

Balcony guard (gard) ultrasonic silent bird repeller

This device as the name suggests is ideal for pigeons, swallows, woodpeckers and sparrows on porches, rooftops, garages, boats, car and balconies. Manufactured by the famous bird-x, it has a motion sensor that detects if the birds are at a close range and gets rid of them by emitting strong sonic waves. You can buy it at home depot at reasonable price. There is also the birxpeller pro and garden owl that works almost the same way.

QB4 Quadblaster

Produces sounds that scare away birds with its four speakers. This device covers an area of 6000 square feet and has also been manufactured by bird-x. The high frequency waves produced by this gadget cannot be heard by humans and usually irritate the birds.

Bird Proof Bird repellent gel

When some of these flying creatures tend to make a surface their home, they will roost at this place. This causes all kinds of damages to properties especially with their droppings. They sometimes also cause hazards like fire. With this gel, also manufactured by bird-x, it makes these surfaces very uncomfortable such that they will be irritated whenever they land on the surface. It can be applied on statues, poles, beams and other surfaces.  It comes in a 283g tube.

Bird repellent spray

This is mostly homemade and you can easily make it using naturally available materials that can be found around many homes. Use this recipe, mix chili peppers and water then place where you would like to deter the birds. It’s very important that you do not spray this to what they feed on like the fruits.

Ribbons

These ones usually scare the birds visually because of the shadows and reflections caused by the ribbon. The sound produced when the wind blows it away also irritates them so they tend to stay away. The irri-tape repellents ribbon comes gets rid of the birds holographically and can also be used anywhere and comes in a 1000 square feet.  There is also the tanglefoot ribbon and you can also get one for 30m depending on your target.

Spikes

Usually placed on the fence or boat where the birds like to land and roost, this scares them away.

Animal Repellers & Repellents

Since not all types of electronic pest control products are manufactured for the same kind of pesky creatures, we have those that are specifically designed to get rid of the unwanted animals outdoors. These are the animals that mess up our garden and patio furniture in addition to causing nuisance at night.

They include animals like deers, rabbits, raccoons, the neighbours pets, rabbits, squirrels, skunks and many more.

Most of these devices usually come with a mounting bracket or screws if you want to place it on the tree or fence.  Since they are supposed to work in the night, they are motion activated and therefore will detect any slight movement produced by an intruder or any moving object.

Once the motion is detected, they will automatically emit very strong ultrasonic waves which will deter these unwanted animals. They are weatherproof to work day and night and also utilize solar power. Here are some:

  • Bell and Howell 50104 motion Animal Repeller
  • Bird-x Yard Gard Ultrasonic

Electronic Ultrasonic and Electromagnetic Pest Repellers

These are the most common ones that are used in many homes. They come in many varieties and have very different and distinct features, some of which include blue, red or green nightlight: – which can be used to provide some light in the night when there is total darkness and you don’t want to switch on the normal light.

This can be helpful if the device has been placed in the bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. This same led light usually also helps to indicate whether the device is working correctly or not.

The other feature is the ultrasonic and electromagnetic waves they emit. When they are turned on, they can either emit one or both of these waves depending on the technology on which they have been manufactured on.

These strong sounds cannot be heard by a human being or a child and are only meant for the pests. It affects the nervous system of these creatures, and once this is done, they find it difficult to communicate with each other and can also not feed properly so therefore they stay away from the area.

Ultrasonic waves are best for open spaces in the living area while electromagnetic sounds are better for cracks on walls since they utilize the electrical circuit or wiring around the house to create an electromagnetic field. It’s always advisable to get one for each level of your house.

On the cover or the pack of these gadgets, is indicated the surface area in which they can cover so chose the one that best suits your house and also which type of pest they get rid of whether they are mosquitoes, roaches, rats, mice, rodents, ants, fleas, bats, spider, geckoes or lizards. Instructions and manual are also packed together.

Some also have an extra outlet where you can be able to plug in your other electrical appliances, and others can either be battery powered or use electricity. There are also those that have the additional feature of emitting beneficial ions or breathalyzer which purify and freshen the air we breathe around us.

All these devices are safe to use in the house and therefore do not affect small children or pregnant women. The only ones that are affected are pets like gerbils and hamsters because their nervous system is more or less the same to that one of the other pesky creatures.  Humane unlike pesticides which tend to kill the pests, here they are only gotten rid of without causing any harm.

Here are some of these:

  • Attack wave p3
  • Bell & Howell 50153,
  • Bird-x Transonic Pro
  • Black and decker 310, ep1100, 410, 321
  • Pest offense
  • Riddex plus, plug in, unit l1112, pro digital, sonic
  • Dx610
  • Emerson
  • Force field
  • Goodlife ultimate at 5 in 1, ii, sg
  • Pest-stop 2000
  • Rid rite deluxe
  • Rodar ii
  • Smartlife
  • Royal
  • Sunbeam sb 700, 101, 104, 105, 125, 300, 200, 310
  • Sunforce Solar 80001, 80004 twin pack
  • Viatek
  • Victor pr60c
  • Weitech 0562, 0220, 0180, 800, 3500

Getting rid of dogs and cats

Although these are man’s best friends, sometimes they tend to be nuisance in our lives. A dogs bark is good when scaring intruders during the night or even at daytime, but when it is done to your precious visitors, it becomes bad. There is also a time when your precious furniture, lawns, flowers, plants is getting messed up by these pets and so it becomes necessary to chase them away then. Most of the devices in this category are also like trainers and will train them to behave in a certain way when used in them. There are homemade prays, whistles, collars that are used which are portable.

Just like the other devices mentioned above these also use ultrasonic pulses to deter them and not harm them in any way. Some of these sounds can even be downloaded as mp3.

Examples are:

  • Dazer ii
  • Lambert kay boundary
  • Off limits

Whether these devices do really work or do not work depends greatly on the type of gadget that you have purchased. There are many consumer reports, as seen on tv and reviews that are online and therefore it is always good to conduct due diligence when you want to buy the best one. If you are looking for where to buy them, there are many links in this site that will direct you or you can contact me using the link above.

 

Rodent pest control home remedies

Did you know that rodents are mammals that have two budding incisors that are used for gnawing wood and other materials? Well now you know 40% of all mammals are classified as rodents, but the most common rodents in homes are rats, chipmunks mice, and squirrels.  Poisoning these rodents is not the way to go about it, you can get rid of them naturally, which time consuming and needs a lot of tolerance.

Below are some of the natural ways of getting rid of rodents.

Snap traps

Trapping is one of the most effective methods for controlling house mice. It can be time consuming but it’s a mostly preferred method in homes, and other structures where only a few mice are present. Trapping is a simple and easy to use method as it doesn’t entail the use of harmful rodenticides. There are different types of traps that are locally available and others that can be easily made in the home.

A simple trap made of wood known a Snap Trap is effectual and be easily purchased in most hardwares stores. It is one of the least expensive alternatives but it also has it challenges. Locating the exact location where to set up the trap can very tricky. These traps can be baited with peanut butter that most rodents like and because it is easy to use and attracts the mice. The snap traps should be lightly set so the traps will spring easily.

Electrocution

There is also the use of battery-operated traps that electrocutes the mice. Examples of electrocution traps are Rat Zapper and Victor which is more expensive compared to other traps.

The Rat Zapper Classic is made of the latest circuit technology that senses when the rodent enters the trap. Once the rodent is trapped, the rat steps onto the metal plates, completing the circuit and the trap delivers a rapid, benevolent 8,000 volt shock. Since rats are known to have the ability of restarting their hearts, the shock must applied for 2 minutes ensuring a high kill rate. Each time the trap catches a rat, the trap flashes red to indicate a kill. It goes for around $105.

 

Get a predator

One of the most common and traditional way of getting rid of mice is getting a cat.  Mice and rats may find cats to be un-humane, but the method does fit into the natural scheme of things, and the cat ends up with a sustainably sourced meal. Dogs are also good at eliminating the rodents.

Seal up all holes and cracks in your home.

Mice can invade your home through the smallest of holes, blocking them out completely may not be possible. Sealing up the holes and cracks in your home with caulk and putty will discourage rodents.

Mint plant

Planting mint around your home to create a barrier that rodent won’t cross. The use of urine spray from predators will deter the rodents.

Kill nuisance rodents in the yard by slicing up small pieces of cork and mixing it with grease from cooked meat. Put it outside and the rodents will eat it. Because they are unable to digest the cork, they will die

Anticoagulant Rodenticides

Anticoagulants these are blood-thinning drugs that cause an animal’s blood to lose the ability to clot, ensuing in internal bleeding that is fatal. When mixed with good-quality cereals and other ingredients, anticoagulant baits provide excellent house mouse control when baits are fresh and when placed in suitable locations so as to attract mice.

Scorpion Pest Control Products

Here are some of the best scorpion pest control products

Scorpions can be classified in the same class of ticks, spiders and mites. They are all known as arachnids.

Worldwide, there are over 1,300 species of scorpions. Categorized by lengthy bodies and segmented tails with deadly stingers. They are found in the Southern and Western Southern U.S.A. Most scorpions found in the United States of America are not considered poisonous except for only two species that are mostly found in the South-western states of  Arizona, California and New Mexico.

Scorpions are thought of to be  as desert animals but are also known to dwell in grasslands savannahs, rainforest and pine forests.

There are different types of scorpions. Examples include, the Arizona bark scorpions, striped back scorpions, death stalker scorpions, Imperial Scorpions and the Fat tail Scorpion.

Here are some of the Scorpion Pest Control Products.

Demon WP Cyper WP

These are soaked table powders that may leave an evident residue that can be seen against dark surfaces. These powders should be applied as a 4 to 12 foot band roughly the outskirts of the structure, into harbourage sites such as along baseboards, around windows and doors, in the garage, inside closets and basement area.

D-Fense SC.

Is a concerted suspension of pure microcrystals of the vigorous ingredient Deltamethrin .This is neutral and secure to use around kids and pets when used as directed. This all around insecticide provides a 2-3 month residual for long-term insect control against scorpions.

Cyonara 9.7

This insecticide can achieve supreme control of most scorpions within minutes, and offers a lasting effect that can last up to more than a few months, even at noticeably low-use rates . it is also regarded as one of the best insecticides known for outdoor perimeter pest control for scorpions.

Delta Dust 

is known for its residual dust that kills crawling and flying insects. It also a control pest product against the occurrence of scorpions. Delta Dust treatment can last for up to 8 months when left intact. Neutral and nonsteak, Delta Dust does not plod or suck up moisture. 1 lb of Delta Dust treats approximately. 1000sq/ft.

 

Cy-Kick CS With a broad range label including ants, spiders, mosquitoes, cockroaches and scorpions. The active ingredient in Cy-Kick CS is Cyfluthrin, a artificial pyrethroid that attacks the central nervous system of the pests. Made to imitate the effects on insects of naturally occurring pyrethrum, it has the advantage of remaining effective for up to 3 months.

ePest IPM Pro Bug Traps and Monitors control  can be placed behind and under furniture to trap and monitor scorpion movement.

Talstar PL Granular Insecticide Usually used in two ways: One, can be applied as a perimeter barrier directed in a five to ten foot band around your home, or  two it can be normally broadcasted  over your whole yard as well as landscaped areas. A typical application usually consists of three to five pounds of product.

 

TriDie or Drione dusts Combines the repellence of pyrethrin and the long lasting constancy and repellence of the silica dust. This product is for ideal for killing and prohibiting of insects and scorpions.

CB 80 Fogging Insecticide With Pyrethrum (CB80) contains natural  “Australian” pyrethrum flower ingredients that are considered to be organic. This product is vastly known for the control and termination of scorpions in a given area.