Pests are very disgusting, creepy and known to spread some serious diseases to humans, animals and crops.
And they can be problematic too.
In fact, pests in today’s world are not like pests of long ago. Today’s pests are advanced in all facets of life; they are larger in size, gone through many mutations of survival (more so like the Darwinian theory of Evolution), and are dodgier, and more tactful in their reaction to repellents.
Arlington residents will agree entirely that pests like bugs, rodents, and flies, such as mosquitoes and farm flies, are harder to drive away. The troublesome and common pests in Arlington include; spiders, and other crawlers, termites, wasps, bees, ants and rodents. Their problematic control all narrows down to their behavioral advancement. This translates that if one would study and learn some of these pest behavior, it would be much easier to control them and therefore live a happier and healthier life.
We have gone through the latest books, and undertook some basic tests to prepare for you this complete guide to pest behavior, especially their reaction to human intervention.
Despite spreading disease, and destroying property, pests are also loathed for causing phobia and freaking people out. Pests on the other hand will not come near humans during the day, or in the light for certainty of being killed. This tension between pests and humans is ancient and has seen many centuries of warfare between the two. But is has always been the behavior of pests to hide, only to come out in the absence of humans, or at night when the lights are out and people are asleep.
The main predictable and longstanding behavior of pests, practiced even today is hiding. Mice, rats, roaches, spiders and flies, name them, have perfected the art of hiding for long hours and even days. Especially when they sense any intervention to kill or catch them, they will escape and hide in their cracks, holes, and in the sewer line, only to resurface for water and food.
Pests today will not only hide, they will relocate from their hideouts and seek unpredictable hideout or hosts. For example, bugs no longer find beds and dirty clothes and sheets safe for hiding, but also clean laundry, inside chair cushions, and in holes or cracks on the wall.
Another advanced behavior is reproduction. Pests are increasingly reproducing at a higher rate than before, meaning that it is harder to control them as one may be fooled to believe that the visible dead pests are the whole number only not to know that there is another generation hatching inside laid eggs.
Did you know that pests communicate? Well, yes, they do and although they have done this for many years, they have only perfected this over time. For example, they will send a few individuals to find food, survey for new hideouts, and escape routes, whenever there is any effort to repel them.
Some pests like roaches also have been found to alter their feeding behavior to remain in their hideouts whenever they sense fellow roaches have died of poison. Thus, they stay in their cracks for several days and will only move out to search for water. With this behavior, it has been very difficult for common residents to exterminate roaches.
Well, there you have it folks. As observed, pests can be very difficult to do away with completely, especially with little information about their behavior. However, this article has just brought you up to speed with pest behavior and is therefore hoped that you they will not be smarter than you next time you go hunting them down.