Pest management professionals (PMPs) who practice integrated pest management know that visual inspection plays a key role in this approach. Not only will a sticky trap indicate whether a pest infestation is present, it will also demonstrate effectiveness when used after treatment.
Here are 10 reasons why a sticky trap should be one of the many tools in a PMP’s pest control arsenal:
- 1. One pest does not necessarily denote an infestation, so it’s important to determine the scope of the possible problem. One look at a sticky trap and a PMP can determine whether the pests caught on it are part of a bigger problem or a one-time nuisance.
- 2. The strategic placement of a sticky trap can help lead PMPs to the place where pests congregate or originate.
- 3. Marking the inspection and/or placement date on each sticky trap makes it easy for PMPs to keep track of the length of time it has been in use and when it should be replaced.
- 4. Over time, a PMP can use a sticky trap to figure out whether an infestation has been long established or whether the pest activity is short-lived. When monitored properly, frequency will show whether an outbreak is seasonal.
- 5. A sticky trap can catch a variety of species, in varying stages of maturity. Larvae and adult insects, whether flying or crawling, are targets depending on the type of sticky trap used. The same goes for rodent sticky traps.
- 6. The direction from which the pest enters the sticky trap often will indicate the location of the infestation. This will lead PMPs to the place of entry, which can then be sealed.
- 7. A sticky trap allows for continuous monitoring—provided it is replaced when filled with insects, gathers a substantial amount of dust or dirt, or its glue has dried out.
- 8. PMPs who inspect sticky traps on a regular basis and record all activity observed, can input the information into a database to quickly and easily analyze the problem, and even recognize infestation patterns.
- 9. Customers who are unconvinced a pest problem exists can see the evidence for themselves on a sticky trap.
- 10. Once a sticky trap proves pests are a problem, PMPs who treat the area can continue their use to ensure the situation remains under control.
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