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The Pros and Cons of Pest Control

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The Pros and Cons of Pest Control

Are you concerned about pests living in your home? Worry not! Here is some helpful information for you to take into consideration first after deciding to take action against pests in your own home and environment.

Pesticides are mainly created or made to kill pests such as mice, rats, bedbugs, cockroaches, houseflies, and fleas. Our own home is not only where problems can be found but also on agricultural lands.

The chemicals used for pests are poisonous, and in comparison, it is not only harmful to pests and on the other hand are also harmful to humans.

Here are the advantages of Pest Control:

1. Avoid diseases, illnesses, and other health risks that are caused by pests.

Pests are huge risks to our health. They are more likely to carry bacteria due unclean habitats of these animals, and insects. They are most likely found in the corners of our house, in sewers, and in trash bins and sometimes they tend to gather in another animal’s dead body. Those small things that are crawling on our floors, ceilings, and walls are potential carriers of serious illnesses and diseases. Pests are mostly carriers of infectious diseases such as:
●  Rabies;
●  Asthma and Allergies
●  Microbial Diseases and Infections
●  Vector-Borne Diseases

These infectious diseases are carried by insects or rodents that can be inside our own homes. Not only rodents and cockroaches are carriers, but

mosquitos are also carriers of dengue fever which is deadly if not treated immediately.

2. Preventing secondary pest outbreaks, and providing protection to our environment.

Pest control is not a temporary solution to the problem. Since pest control has been done, we can now locate where the source is coming from. By then, we can now exterminate all of the pests in our homes; which is also beneficial to our environment because the possible spread and resurgence of pests won’t be happening any time soon.

3. Conserves the ecosystem and stability of farm output.

Now that all the pests are gone in our home, it doesn’t mean there are other areas that are not being affected by these rodents and insects. According to a study, estimated around 18–20% of the annual crop production worldwide estimated at a value of more than US$470 billion was devastated by pests in our crops. Even our farmlands are not safe from these disease-carrying insects and rodents.

Several problems rose when it comes to the destruction of pests. These small insects, rodents, and weeds can also transfer airborne bacteria to our foods; which is why a highly sealed container for our food is a must. In this scenario, we may just imagine this as some crops are destroyed in a field. However, in general, the economy also decreases especially in those countries where their income mostly comes from agriculture such as Southeast Asian Countries.

Controlling pests has a lot of different benefits to our lives. Earlier on, we thought that these small creatures won’t affect a larger scope. Now that we do, controlling pests inside our homes can have a big impact on the environment. However, controlling these creatures does not always result in a good ending.

Here are some disadvantages of pest control:

1. It disrupts the Food Chain.

The area is already free of weeds, insects, and rodents. Here come those other small creatures that were foods for Pests such as small insects, worms, and other small creatures crawling around your house, and in agricultural lands. Even though we consider them as a nuisance or problem, they also have some service to our environment. Bacteria that cause food to be rotten are also foods to pests, and other pests food’s are found in rotten foods or places. This also helps lessen the amount of decay and spreading rot all over the place. In addition to keeping our farmlands, forests, and deserts clean, some pests are also decomposers or are part of the food chain that consume dead bodies; if all pests were eradicated, we would be inundated with corpses.

2. Too much pesticide usage is also harmful to our health

Pesticides are effective in exterminating pests. There’s also the chance that our health could be impacted. Since most of the pesticides that are being used are poisonous, it does not mean that we are immune from them. Especially those pesticides that we can just buy in retail stores, and groceries. For example, if a person inhaled a lot of pesticides, they are also experiencing difficulty in breathing. As for professionals, we can see them using protective outfits and masks to cover their faces; which is why we must always research what product or pesticide we’ll be using, and if not, it is better to hire pest control professionals to do the work for safety measures.

3. Ecosystem will collapse

Everyone in nature has a job to do. We all have a purpose to serve, we might not see that on a wider scale but the importance of these creatures is also beneficial to us. To put it simply, if the engine of the car was to be removed by a single screw, the engine would not function and the car won’t be available to be driven. As for our ecosystem, if these creatures were to be removed completely, the balance of the ecosystem will collapse.

In the end, everything has a good side and a bad side. It is up to us how we can be able to manage. We all know that these creatures are very troublesome, and yes we can lessen the numbers but not totally because, in the end, they have a contribution and vital role to play in our daily life. We must always keep in mind to further research things before we proceed with it. 

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