You may be one of many homeowners whose first line of defense against pests is DIY pest control. And with platforms like Pinterest, homeowners feel they are ready to take on their pest problems armed with tips from the internet. However, at home do it yourself pest control remedies aren’t always effective, and a misstep could amplify your pest problem, or even worse, put the safety of you and others at risk. Here are a few things to consider before you attempt DIY pest control.
Dangers of DIY
Sometimes, DIY pest control can be dangerous. Without the proper training and pest control expertise, your do-it-yourself efforts can cause structural damage, unnecessary exposure to chemicals and increased risk of bodily harm. Here are three things to keep in mind:
- Be Cautious with Chemicals: Chemicals and materials used for pest control require special handling. In some instances when dealing with these chemicals, people have caused costly damage to their home or have even faced serious injury to themselves, children or pets. When utilizing pesticides in your home, follow directions and consider controlling exposure and toxicity levels. For the safest and most effective approach, leave chemicals to the pros – the pest control industry holds employees to strict regulations, including extensive trainings, to keep their customers protected from chemicals.
- Seek out the Source: Failing to identify the source of a pest problem can cause you to spend more time and money than needed, as some pest problems are caused by an overlooked entry point. Without first identifying the entry point and attractant(s) that draw pests near, your efforts won’t result in effective pest elimination. Many times, it takes a trained professional to identify the source of an issue.
- Think through Traps: Misusing baits, traps and other pesticides can make a pest problem worse. If these DIY tools are not properly placed, they can lead pests further indoors, spreading their presence throughout your home. Oftentimes, the very pest you are trying to eliminate or prevent is actually drawn indoors by the bait used in traps.
While the consequences vary, DIY pest control method isn’t worth the risk.
When to Call an Exterminator
If you notice a pest issue, call a pest management provider ASAP! Knowledge is the most powerful tool in preventing pests, so make sure you are contacting a professional who is certified to keep family members and pets safe and sound.
Have a do it yourself pest control attempt that went wrong? Professionals are often called to the scene to correct homeowners’ misguided DIY efforts, so feel free to ask for help. What’s most important is that a professional will help remove or repair anything that might put you at risk.
Remember, pest management professionals are exactly that: professionals. And they are happy to work with you and teach you some helpful tricks along the way. With their help, you can handle a pest problem efficiently, and most importantly, safely.
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