Pests can cause health problems in people by spreading bacteria and disease through bites. They also damage property. Contact Candor Pest Control now!

Prevention starts with housecleaning, storing food in sealed containers and throwing away trash on a regular basis. Sealing holes and cracks can help.

Physical pest control includes using traps, baits and removing breeding grounds. Pesticides can be harmful to pets and people if misused, so they should only be used by licensed pest control professionals.

Pest Identification

A pest infestation is a significant health risk, particularly in food establishments where pests can carry diseases that are harmful to customers and staff. Being able to identify the pests that are in your workplace will help you to prioritize the health and safety of your staff and customers.

Many pests will leave behind droppings that will indicate their presence in your workplace. You may also find evidence of them moving around the area such as footprints or smear marks. You may also find evidence of a nest they have created. Depending on the type of pest, these signs can be very easy or difficult to distinguish. Rodents leave more obvious indications of their presence due to the size of their droppings, while insects often leave more subtle clues in their tracks.

You should always attempt to identify the pests to species, if possible. This will provide you with important information such as the food they eat, their environmental and harborage needs, how long they live and key biological clues that can assist in designing effective management strategies.

It is also worth remembering that some pests change appearance throughout their life cycle. The nymph stage of a weed bug, for example, looks very different from the adult form. Insects are notorious for this and can be very difficult to identify, especially without the assistance of a specialist.

For most pests, a reference image will be sufficient to make an identification, but for more complicated problems it is sometimes necessary to submit an actual specimen to a specialist for confirmation of the species. This is particularly true of caterpillars and beetles, which can be very similar.

Pest Prevention

Taking steps to prevent pest infestations is the best way to deal with pests. Keeping your home clean helps, as does making sure that the environment is not attracting them. Pests enter homes in search of food, water and shelter and removing these attractants from your property will make it more difficult for them to enter. In addition, sealing up entry points will help to reduce the chance of them entering. This can be done by inspecting your exterior for any cracks or holes that need to be filled. Regular inspections should include the foundation, door frames and windows and the roof, as well as utility pipes and wires that come into the house. Filling these openings with caulk or steel wool will help to keep out pests and will also help to lower energy costs.

In some cases, prevention can be successful by understanding the pests’ lives and how they function. For example, some pests require specific environmental conditions to grow and thrive; understanding these conditions can be used to predict when they will become a problem. This can lead to more targeted control efforts and less reliance on broad-spectrum pesticides.

For commercial properties, pest prevention is important as it can save money and time by reducing the need for chemical treatments. Taking out the trash and recycling regularly, making sure that dumpsters are located away from buildings, and keeping areas free of clutter can all be helpful in preventing pests.

In addition, putting out traps or baits in the right places can be very effective. These baits are typically formulated to minimize the amount of human exposure and they work by providing the pest with a toxic substance that it cannot escape from, or by providing a deterrent that will prevent it from coming close to an area where humans can see it.

Pests can damage your property, contaminate food and make asthma and allergies worse, and they can even spread diseases. Safe pest control is a team effort; residents, property owners, managers and maintenance workers should all be aware of what they can do to help prevent pests and report any pest problems they find in their facilities.


Pesticides are chemicals or substances that kill pests, prevent them from reproducing, or reduce their damage. Pests include insects, mice and other animals, unwanted plants (weeds), fungi and bacteria. Chemicals used to control pests can be used in the field or garden, or in the home and around the yard. Most pesticides used in the home and yard are formulated to be safe for human and pet contact. Home-use pesticides contain much lower concentrations of active ingredients than those sold to agricultural and industrial users. These higher-concentration products may be available only to licensed professionals.

When using any pesticide, it is important to read and follow the instructions on the label. Many chemicals are poisonous and can affect humans and pets, as well as plants and soil. Some are also water-soluble and can leach into groundwater. Some can contaminate air, posing health risks to people and other living things, even after they have broken down into less toxic compounds.

The first step in the use of any pesticide is to observe and identify the pest. If you have any doubt, seek help from your county Extension office. The information you obtain will be valuable in preventing pests and selecting the correct management techniques.

Pesticide products can be divided into two categories: systemic and non-systemic. Systemic pesticides move within a plant’s vascular system and act through the xylem and phloem. Non-systemic pesticides stay on or near the surface of a plant and act through direct contact. The most effective pesticides are systemic.

A third type of pesticide, called a fungicide, controls fungi and diseases that affect plants. A fungicide is generally more water-soluble than either a systemic or non-systemic pesticide.

It is also important to minimize the amount of pesticide you use. Applying more pesticide than recommended on a product’s label is illegal, wasteful and environmentally hazardous. Overuse can leave residues on food, in soil and water or can contaminate other crops or materials.

In addition, overuse increases the risk of resistant pest populations developing through time. The best way to reduce the need for pesticides is to eliminate conditions that invite their growth by creating barriers. This can be done by maintaining high standards of hygiene, blocking gaps around pipes and removing sources of moisture such as standing water or uncovered compost.

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Pests are a common problem in commercial buildings, where they may cause damage to property or spread diseases. They can also affect a company’s image and reputation. A professional pest control company can help businesses prevent pests and protect their reputation by providing regular inspections and treatments.

Licensed pest control technicians use both physical and chemical methods to prevent pests from invading a building or causing harm. In some cases, they can even use biological controls. These pest control techniques are safer for humans and pets than traditional pesticides, which can be harmful if not used properly. Foggers, bombs and other unregulated pesticides can be especially dangerous, as they spray chemicals into the air where people are working or living. In addition, some of these chemicals can land on food or other areas that aren’t intended to receive pesticides, exposing people to health risks.

In addition to using physical and chemical methods, pest control professionals can also advise customers on how to keep pests away from their property. For example, they may recommend sealing cracks or caulking windows to block entrance points for pests. They can also educate customers on how to properly store food and trash to prevent rodents or insects from finding them.

A reputable pest control service will also offer ongoing maintenance services. These can include regularly checking and cleaning drains, gutters and drain traps to remove debris that can attract pests. They can also inspect and repair exteriors to make sure they are weatherproof and insulated to prevent pests from getting inside.

When pests invade a home, it’s important to take action right away. Insects and rodents are primarily looking for shelter and food, and they can quickly turn into a serious nuisance. If left untreated, pests can spread throughout a house and even contaminate food supplies. The best way to avoid a pest infestation is to contact a pest control service at the first sign of an issue. A pest control service will be able to quickly respond to an infestation and keep it under control.