DIY Pest Control: Problems & Dangers

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to pest control comes down to do-it-yourself solutions gone awry. Oftentimes, the very pest he or she is trying to eliminate or prevent is actually drawn indoors more-so through the use of misplaced baits and/or traps.

When dealing with pesticides and baits/traps, it is 100% necessary to be trained in the use of chemicals and to understand what the repercussions could be for you and your family.

Pests can make their way into any home. The negative connotations associated with a possible pest issue should not hinder a homeowner from reaching out to a pest control company that will handle the problem most efficiently and professionally. DIY solutions are not a quick fix, and can potentially cause even more of a headache. Reach out when you need help to receive professional insight and solutions.

When it comes to pest control, expertise is important – not just because it’s the fastest way to eliminate pests, but because it’s critical to controlling pests safely. Too often, we uncover botched DIY pest control attempts that ultimately result in a call for professional help. While that’s concerning from a pest control perspective, and can cost homeowners more money in the long run, it is even more upsetting when the methods attempted put homeowners at risk for harm.

Other instances of misdirected DIY are less dire…for example, using traps to kill ants but never identifying their source. (In most cases, this means that ants will return.) Knowledge is the most powerful form of pest control, so before covering your home in traps, consider turning to a professional who is certified to keep family members and pets safe and sound.

The DIY pest control market is strong, with homeowners seeking ways to manage pest control needs on their own. Home pest control remedies aren’t always effective, however, so it is important to consider the long-term cost when thinking about DIY.

DIY pest control can in the worst cases be dangerous. There are instances, Froio says, where people have burned down their homes or harmed or killed others when using pest control materials and methods that they don’t understand. Many times, people also over-apply pest control materials, which can be dangerous to the occupants of the home.

Bug Guardian Pest Prevention is here to help. Beyond addressing your immediate pest control needs, we’ll help you understand the pest prevention and exclusion techniques, both indoors and out, that lead to more effective solutions.