Owning a home can come with all sorts of hidden and unexpected costs. Saving money on these expenses is just one reason that homeowners choose to go the DIY route on many projects. However, even the most experienced DIYers may be out of their depth if they are attempting to handle their own pest control needs. In the end, DIY pest control can end up costing you more and result in a reinfestation.
DIY pest control isn’t nearly as effective as going with a professional service. Chemical treatments that can be purchased online or at the local hardware store aren’t rated at a professional strength. Only a trained and certified pest control technician will have access to and know how to safely and effectively use the best products.
While a DIY approach may provide a short-term solution, it is highly likely that you will have to do multiple treatments over time. That means more time and money spent on supplies and having to deal with the pests in the meantime. Most pest control companies offer some sort of warranty of guarantee on their services. If they aren’t able to eliminate the problem the first time, customers may not be responsible for the cost of repeat visits.
Tip of the Iceberg
It is all too common for pest control amateurs to attack the problem they can see. For example, if ants are crawling across the kitchen counter, they will run out and buy a spray. However, this might not address the underlying problems. Pests can build nests in and around houses and until you get the nest under control, your pest problem won’t be solved. An expert can locate the nest, apply the right treatment, and make sure to get at the heart of the infestation.
Choosing the right pest control treatment relies entirely on being able to identify the kind of pest you are dealing with. Not all ants, spiders, bees, rodents, etc. are created equal. You could end up killing honey bees when what you are really dealing with are carpenter bees that are eating away at the wood of your home.
If you are on a budget DIY pest control may seem like an attractive option. At best, it can provide you with a short-term solution. At worst, you could be causing more damage to your home and spending money on traps and chemical treatments that aren’t effective. In addition, you might be surprised to learn just how affordable professional pest control treatment can be. To learn more and explore your pest control treatment options, contact PMi Pest Management today.