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The Dangers of DIY Pest Control

Posted on: July 30, 2022 in Pest Control

Are you dealing with a pest invasion in your home? From cockroaches to rats, pests are a pain for homeowners across the United States. Rodents can destroy your vegetable garden, and their constant nibbling on electrical wires contributes to housefires.

Rodents can carry other pests like mites, lice, and fleas that make a living in your household a misery. On top of that, they can host over 200 pathogens that can infect humans. With mice producing 12 babies every few weeks, rodent infestations are problems homeowners need to address immediately.

Along with rats, ants, roaches, and stink bugs are the most problematic pest infestations in the US. As a homeowner, it may be tempting to take matters into your own hands to resolve the issue. Here are a few reasons why you might want to reconsider the strategy and dangers of DIY pest control. 

A Waste of Time and Money

When we get down to brass tacks, DIY pest removal is pointless. It’s a task that requires specialized knowledge of pest behavior, including feeding and breeding habits. Doing it yourself will just end up costing you more time and money than it’s worth.

When those rats are still running around months later, and you’re out of bait blocks, you’ll realize you should have used a different approach to pest control. By then, you’ve blown your budget and have no results to show for your time and money.

Incorrect Assessment and Failed Solutions

If you notice a rat sneaking around your bird cage, snatching food from the bird feeder, it’s probably not the only one talking liberty of the situation. It’s common for homeowners to try and correct the problem at the food source because that’s where they generally see the rats.

However, the reality is they may be visiting a nest. Poisoning the rodents at the food source won’t do enough to eliminate the entire nest. You need to locate the nest and destroy the pests at the source. This strategy also applies to all pest infestations, including cockroaches.

Safety Risks and Chemical Exposure

Pest control solutions contain harmful chemical agents designed to eradicate them effectively. However, some chemicals are unsuitable to use in different scenarios. For example, if you have dogs and eat a poisoned rat, the wrong pest control solution could kill your dog or local wildlife like owls.

Spraying harmful, dangerous chemicals around a home while children are present could end up causing issues with their development. Even if you’re single, you could accidentally expose yourself to toxic agents that cause a wide variety of health problems.

Work with Pest Control Professionals

If your microwave breaks down, do you take it into the garage and tinker with it yourself? Or, do you take it to the service agent for a guaranteed repair?

So, why consider handling your pest control problems yourself?

Do yourself a favor. Call a professional pest removal service in your area. You’ll get fast, permanent removal of all your pest problems. Take action and get rid of the pests properly with a professional service.

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