Do-it-yourself may be fine for some projects - minor auto repair or even home brewing - but when it comes to home pest control, should you always leave it to the professionals?
For some, the question may not be easy to answer. There are a number of commercial pest control products available, which can give the impression that the solution to a pest control issue is as easy as buying a spray can or setting a trap.
But these DIY remedies come with various concerns, according to a Penn State report. They may be the wrong approach to the problem, contain a chemical that is dangerous when used under certain conditions or actually result in a larger infestation.
Here are some of the problems that can result from do-it-yourself approach to home pest control.
In their haste to be rid of their pest problem, some do-it-yourselfers may grab whatever pesticide is handy or even cheapest. But not all pest control equipment or sprays control all pests. For instance, a pesticide for flying insects may not work on crawling bugs. And even an ant spray may not be effective on all varieties of ants. Finally, spraying the wrong pesticide may kill the pest but also all of the plant life near it.
Selecting the proper pesticide requires research and planning, including accurately identifying the pest you want to control, the size of the infestation, the location, etc.
Pesticides come in range of formulas and applications methods - sprays, solutions, traps, baits, powders, concentrates, granules, etc. Some are relatively harmless to humans and pets, others are harmful to animals only and still others are dangerous to both, even in small amounts. And still others can kill the pest, but also any plant life that is in the application range. Then there's the question of where to apply the pesticide or position the trap. The place where you most frequently see the pests may not be where they live. Despite having instructions, a do-it-yourselfer may not fully understand the potential dangers of improperly applied pesticides or pest inspection.
Even after selecting the right pesticide for the infestation and applying it in the right amount, it can still pose a danger to humans. Just because the spray is designed to kill ants doesn't mean it can't cause harm to humans. Many do-it-yourself exterminators approach the task without the proper clothing: masks, gloves, eye protection, etc. Indeed, DIYers may not realize that the "PPE" on a pesticide label stands for "personal protection equipment." They may also fail to properly prepare the area for the process, such as by covering furniture, keeping children away and noting wind conditions. Without the recommended precautions, problems affecting health and infestation could occur.
There is also the issue of storing or disposing of the pesticide once the application is completed. Improper storage or disposal can be hazardous to humans and pets.
In many instances, DIY pest control can result in higher costs than hiring a professional, particularly if the pesticide is not applied properly. Treating the wrong area can mean the infestation quickly returns, requiring another treatment and the purchase of additional pesticides. In addition, some commercial pest control products are sold in lower concentrations than those used by professionals and may not be as effective.
When it comes to DIY pest control, there are many questions to ask. While there are simple, non-toxic measures homeowners can make to reduce pest infestation (seal cracks, fill openings and remove debris, among others), hiring a professional pest control service such as Abell Pest Control may be the best way to ensure the job is done completely and at a reasonable cost. They can administer the right pesticide and traps for the specific conditions.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.
It's finally here - sweet, sweet summertime at last! But has your time outside already been rudely interrupted by swarms of pesky bugs trying to take a stab at you? This season, let's say no more to swatting, slapping or clapping at these insects who seem to be tormenting innocent outdoors enthusiasts every year. Fortunately, the solution isn't as chemical ridden as you might think. As it turns out, some of your favorite scents are insects least favorite.
Not every creature that visits your property is a dangerous nuisance. Many animals actually offer a number of benefits that keep your yard healthy. Predatory animals, in particular, actually offer natural pest control. Here are five common suburban creatures that can help keep more difficult or annoying animals at bay:
Discovering a mouse is loose in your home can be a real headache, and for restaurant owners, such an infestation can be an even bigger problem. Mice may be cute, but they simply do not belong in the kitchen, attic or anywhere else. If you've noticed any of these signs around your house or business, it may be time to call in a professional rodent exterminator:
The customer is always right, and this is especially true if he or she is complaining about seeing a mouse or cockroach. Pests have no place in your organization, as bugs and rodents will turn away potential business or even lead to a possible lawsuit. Keeping your company protected requires a proactive approach. Work with a pest removal specialist to identify the best ways to stop creatures from infesting your business. Here are just a few ideas for successfully mitigating and preventing any issues: