The Internet provides an ever-growing list of sites that provide advice and instructions on a variety of DIY home maintenance projects, and that includes DIY pest control. Some DIY pest control ideas sound great, and promise to be affordable, easy to do on you own, some even offer natural remedies.
People love the feeling of pride they get from doing home projects themselves, especially when it saves them money, but there are some tasks that are better suited for the professionals.
The reality is, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with DIY pest control, and the end result isn’t always what you had hoped for. Pest control is one area of home care that’s best left to the professionals.
How do you decide that you should hire a professional?
Here are some reasons why DIY Pest Control is NOT always a good idea:
1. NO GUESSING GAMES: GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
You could try to identify the pests around your home, and you might guess correctly. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to do, as many pests look very similar, so it can be easy to have a case of mistaken identity. You want to be sure to correctly identify the pest; otherwise you might not be using the right treatment, and it wont clear up your problem.
A professional pest control company would be able to identify the pest on the first try.
2. THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL in PEST CONTROL
There are many types of pests, including ants, cockroaches, rats and termites. Most people think that they will all respond in the same way to baits or home remedies, but that is not always the case. You need to use a pest control method that is specifically targeted for the type of pest you are trying to control.
For example, some types of ants are attracted to sugar, others to protein or fat. There are also variables depending on where it lives, its diet, and where it breeds.
A pest care professional will have the experience and knowledge to be able to identify the best means of control and prevention for your home.
3. DON’T TAKE CHANCES WITH YOUR FAMILY’S SAFETY
Many pesticides contain neurotoxins, and can be harmful to people and pets, so precautions need to be followed in their use and application. One of the challenges of DIY pest control is that without proper training, it is hard to know how to apply these products correctly, and exactly what amounts to use. Incorrect use could result in ineffective pest control, or worse, possible harm to your home, family or pets.
4. HOME REMEDIES ARE UNRELIABLE
There are many options available for home remedies, or all-natural, DIY pest control. Some of these may seem to work occasionally, but their effectiveness is often short lived.
That’s because most DIY methods only allow you to treat the pests that you see on the surface. There could be many more pests living in the walls, attics or crawlspaces where a DIY treatment can’t reach, so it won’t be able to stop the infestation.
A trained pest control professional will be able to locate these hot spots and effectively treat the infestation.
5. YOU DON’T WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME or MONEY
Many pest problems can be difficult to deal with if you don’t have professional training. You could end up guessing which method to use, or having to try several, before you find one that actually works. It can be a waste of time and money. Unfortunately, it can also leave you feeling stressed, and your home still infested.
Save yourself the unnecessary stress by hiring a professional pest control company to get it done right, so you can spend your time on the DIY projects that you really enjoy.