Summer typically signals the time of year when may come under attack from a whole host of unwanted pests. This is where downloading and using the iPEST1 iPhone app could help you to control the flow of pests into your home. You will find lots of useful information about 50 different insects and animals, as well as plenty of advice about how to get rid of them and stop them ever returning again.
The app was created by Rebecca Baldwin and Philip Koehler, both of whom are entomology professors at the University of Florida. The app will help to you learn the difference between a wide variety of pests, as well as being able to identify certain species just from their droppings. The app can be used indoors to identify pests such as flies, gnats or cockroaches and you can even protect your garden from animals such as squirrels, raccoons and possums.
The app is intended to be used as an educational tool for both homeowners and pest control experts. A prime example of how the app works is by helping you to identify different types of cockroaches. Now if you find one cockroach in your kitchen and after using the app you discover it is an American cockroach, this will generally mean that the roach has entered your home from outside, as they are rarely found in homes, and therefore is probably just a one-off.
However, if you identify the pest to be a German cockroach then there is a greater need for concern. The German cockroach is well known for infesting homes and is extremely difficult to get rid. So, even if you only discover one of these pests you should immediately be contacting a pest control service to come and fumigate your home. Even if you wish to handle this problem alone, by simply identify the type of pest you can then choose the correct type of pesticide to use to rid yourself of the problem.
- You will find photos and the main characteristics of certain pests to help you identify them. This will generally include different types of cockroach species, flies, and urban pests, such as rats.
- You will have access to many facts about these pests, such as their common and scientific names, their behaviours, and their usual habitats.
- There will be links to other resources and printed materials should you wish to further your education about these creatures.
- You will also find help on how to navigate through the app.
The app can be found in the Education section of iTunes apps. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and will require an operating system of iOS 3.0 or later. The app will cost $1.99 to download and has received many favourable ratings from current users. The app has many great uses, but helping you to identify a potential pest problem in your home is likely to save you a lot of time, money and hassle.
Today’s guest author, Mark Thompson, is a manager at Imperial Pest Control, a firm providing services for pest control in Brampton, Canada. He is a warm and friendly person. He enjoys listening to old rock music in his spare time.
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