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Why DIY Pest Control Can End Up Costing You More

Did you know rats can spread Monkeypox (or Mpox)? Having a pest infection is more than annoying. Rodents and other infectious creatures can be potentially harmful. 

Understandably, you may use DIY pest control to handle the issue yourself. The problem with DIY solutions is that they aren’t exactly cheap for the average person.

Homeowners also may not have the expertise of their local pest control services. Sometimes it’s best to leave specific jobs to the professionals.

Read on if you want to know why doing your extermination may not be the best choice. 

Wasted Money On Pest Control Equipment

Rat traps aren’t too expensive. You might think you’re fine setting a few live mouse traps and bait stations. Setting some traps is fine if it’s one mouse. 

However, large infestations will require more equipment and effort than four or five bait stations can accommodate. You could spend hundreds of dollars to catch rats and never get anywhere.

Using chemicals is also costly. You’ll need to purchase safety gear and materials for pest control. Even if you solve the issue the first time, you’re still stuck with items you may never need again. 

Your equipment may break or degrade while in storage, and chemicals can expire. The one-time use isn’t worth the immense cost. 

It’s more sensible to call pest control services to take care of the infestation. A one-time fee may seem costly, but you won’t waste money on things with little use. 

You Could Underestimate the Issue

Let’s stick with the “one rat” example. If you spot a rat, you may think it’s the only cause for concern. But it’s not uncommon for people to underestimate a pest problem until it’s too late. 

You may not know this, but rats prefer to roam at night. A large population of rats in your home is likelier if you see them during the day.

Once rats start moving in the daytime, they’re probably in your walls. It may be too late for DIY options. 

Your budget won’t be able to handle the constant onslaught. A pest control company will know how to find hidden rodents and other pests. 

You May Employ the Wrong Solution

A kneejerk reaction to cockroaches in your home might be, “go to the store and get bug spray.” It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t require much of your budget. 

A few cans of roach spray are fine for casual extermination. But you need certain methods to remove specific pests from your home. For example, bedbugs are difficult and time-consuming to remove. 

Sticky traps won’t help with bedbugs. Those are better suited for spiders and cockroaches. Alcohol is plain dangerous because it’s combustible. Extreme heat or cold temperatures are proven methods to help control bedbugs. 

Homeowners need to use the correct way to remove pests from their homes. The wrong solution can put a massive dent in a household’s budget. 

Something to keep in mind, you can’t employ heat and cold as DIY pest control treatments. It’s best to call the experts. An extermination company will have access to better and more accurate equipment. 

You May Misuse Pest Control Equipment

Misusing pesticides and other chemicals is messy. You can overspray and cause puddles and accumulation on the floor and other surfaces. Certain pesticides can also ruin your lawn. 

You have to know where to apply chemicals for effective pest control. Some bugs like to hide inside small cracks and crevices. You’re not solving your infestation issue if these hidden areas escape your notice. 

Safety gear education is essential to being an effective exterminator. Some gloves and goggles may not cut it for most jobs. You could get bitten, scratched, or exposed to harmful substances with improper PPE.

DIY Pest Control is Potentially Harmful

One of the biggest dangers of DIY pest control is people attempting to handle more than they can. Do not attempt to use chemical treatments if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Without proper PPE and pest control knowledge, chemical exposure is easier than you think. You can absorb pesticides in various ways.

Dermal absorption happens when the chemicals get on your skin. This often occurs when you’re misted or splashed with a pesticide. 

Inhalation happens when you breathe harmful chemicals, and oral absorption occurs when droplets enter your mouth. People with no experience using pesticides are prone to accidental exposure. 

You Can Damage the Environment

DIY pest control can cause significant harm to the environment. Pesticides do get rid of termites and cockroaches. But you also risk harming beneficial insects. 

Pollinators, like bees, are casualties of using chemical extermination solutions. You run the risk of polluting the surrounding water with dangerous toxins as well. 

A professional pest control company can take proper steps to mitigate environmental damage. They’re trained to use chemicals in ways that don’t harm people or their surroundings. 

Don’t Opt For DIY Pest Control

While these steps/tips will help reduce the likelihood of a rodent or insect infestation, there is no guaranteed way to eliminate all risks. Calling a pest control team is the best way to clear out bugs or rats. 

DIY pest control is an excellent way to destroy your household budget and waste time. Contacting Pest Management Systems is the quickest way to clear your home.

Pest Management Systems is a North Carolina family-owned company. Our team has over 30 years of experience and has served the Greensboro, Sandhills, Piedmont Triad, and Triad regions for over 30 years. 

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