What do you do when a beehive is hidden in a wall?
The honeycomb must be removed. As long as it’s there, simply getting rid of the bees won’t be enough. The presence of the comb can cause a re-infestation because new bees will smell it. Even if the area has been closed off, the bees may still be able to re-infest, or a new queen might move in to the next section of wall.

Bees are such a beneficial insect – do they have to be exterminated?
Relocation is possible, but it does cost more.

When pigeons become pests, do they have to be killed?
In most cases, no. Pigeons can be handled with mechanical barriers (netting, spikes, electrical shock track) or bait to get them to relocate. In some cases, the birds may need to be trapped and destroyed.

How do you get rid of gophers?
The most effective technique is to trap them. Trapping requires locating the gopher’s run (tunnel) and placing traps in each direction. A less effective option is baiting, in which a poisonous grain is injected into the run.

What exactly is a pesticide?
Any word that ends with “cide” can give rise to some unpleasant images – that suffix means “to kill, to cut, cut down.”  The word “pesticide” specifically refers to a chemical meant to kill pests, but it’s also defined as a substance that will prevent or repel them. A pesticide doesn’t only need to be used on insects, (that would be an insecticide), it can also be used on other types of animals, fungi, and herbs.

How prevalent is pesticide usage?
Pesticides are used in large amounts agriculturally, and as general city-wide solutions for pests like mosquitoes. They are used in smaller, controlled amounts by pest control companies, and also by consumers in their homes. Most people are probably not aware they’re using a pesticide when they spray or rub on a lotion meant to repel mosquitoes. Weed-killers are another example. What might come as a surprise is that household cleaning products can also be pesticides, because bacteria and viruses are included in the definition of ‘pests.’

Is it really necessary to use a pesticide for my particular problem?
We’re always happy to offer our educated opinion, but each problem must be decided on a case-by-case basis. Different pest problems call for a variety of solutions. You may not need to use a pesticide –we will advise you of your options.

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