Why Shouldn’t You Do Your Own Pest Control

Walking through the pest control aisle of your local store, undertaking your own pest control job without any professional help probably looks like an easy task. However, it wouldn’t take long into the project to realize this is far from the truth. It’s tempting to try and take it on, but most pest control jobs should be left for the experts to take care of.

Personal Safety

Pest control may seem like a straightforward job to take on, but there are a lot of shifting factors that can be extremely dangerous for you and your family if handled incorrectly. Pesticides are one of the biggest concerns for DIY homeowners. It’s easy to forget that they’re essentially poisons, containing chemicals that can be toxic to humans and/or household pets if not handled with care. Some of the chemicals might even require special handling to dispose of safely. There’s also danger in the pests themselves. By taking on the job, you run the risk of exposing yourself to pests such as spiders and bees that can cause serious allergic reactions, diseases, or other life-threatening effects. Pest control technicians come prepared with the training, supplies, and protective equipment to carry out the project efficiently and safely.

Underestimating or Overestimating the Project

There are so many questions that go into the preparation and execution of a pest control project. When homeowners attempt pest control by themselves, they tend to only address the things they can see, not knowing how or where to look for the real answers. The most serious infestations are the ones you can’t see, concealed in walls or beneath floorboards. You may see a cockroach scuttle across the kitchen floor or find mouse droppings in a cabinet, but if you don’t know how to get to the root of the problem you’ll have a difficult time gauging how to handle the project. It’s all too easy to assume the worst and overuse dangerous chemicals in the hopes of eliminating an unseen (and possibly non-existent) threat, or sell the problem short, focusing only on what you can see and leaving the source of the infestation to escalate. Pest control technicians are trained to look for those hidden origins, and they’ll know the treatments, methods, and products that will be most effective to rid your home of infestation.

The Right Products

Every pest control project is unique. The type of pest, the location, the season, and the severity of the infestation all affect how the project should be approached. This means that you must know what type of products should be used and how best to use them. Specific problems require specific solutions, and if you use the wrong products—or the right products in the wrong way—it could quickly lead to disastrous results. You might only succeed in briefly scaring the pests away, causing them to lie low for a short time or even scatter through your home, bringing the infestation to new areas. Or you might misuse the product so that it harms you, your family, your pets, or your property. Chemical pesticides can do more damage than good if you’re unfamiliar with how they work. Exterminators are well versed in various products thanks to years of training and application. They’ll know the right product for the job and how to use it without causing harm to anyone or anything but the pests.

Save Money and Time

You may begin DIY pest control in the pursuit of saving a little extra money, but in the end, you’ll likely pour far more time and money into the project than you would have if an exterminator had been called in. Between accidentally buying the wrong supplies, misusing products, and ineffectively completing treatments, the waste of it all stacks up fast. It’s not that you’re not intelligent or resourceful enough to do it on your own; pest control is a complex work to master, and it takes professional pest control technicians years to build up the knowledge and experience they have to properly treat an infestation. Instead of jumping over these hurdles yourself, avoid the lost money, time, and frustration by contacting pest control services first.

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