When you own your own home, you face a never-ending parade of projects and things to do. Whether your spouse hands you a honey-do list and sends you on your way or not, you probably have a mental checklist of upgrades and home improvements.
Many of these projects, from upgrading those storm doors to repainting the living room, are of the DIY variety. But when it comes to pest control, the DIY approach could be counterproductive and even dangerous. Here are a few reasons why pest control should not be a DIY affair.
You Are Not a Bug Expert
You may think those bugs flying around your head are gnats, but what if they are termites searching for their underground nest? Chances are you are not an expert at identifying bugs, and that can make your DIY pest control efforts counterproductive.
Treating your home for ants will not do any good if you actually have roaches. Trying to remove raccoons from your attic will not do you any good if those home invaders are actually squirrels. If you want those pests gone, you need to identify them, and that means bringing in the pros.
You Could Hurt Yourself
There are plenty of ways in which DIY pest control efforts can go wrong, and sometimes with dangerous results. You may think that approaching that small wasp nest with a can of insecticide is a good idea, but what if there is a larger nest hiding under the house? Before you know it, hundreds of angry survivors will be stinging their way up your arms and legs.
You do not have to do battle with stinging insects to get hurt during your DIY pest control efforts. Simply climbing a ladder will put you at risk, and that risk will only ramp up once you start leaning over and searching for entry holes into your home.
Access to the Most Effective Treatments is Limited
Last but not least, even the best DIY pest control efforts are unlikely to be effective. That is because the use of the most effective treatments are strictly limited, due to environmental concerns and government regulations.
Those professional-quality materials can be dangerous in the wrong hands, so they are restricted to the pros. If you want your pest control efforts to be successful, you need to bring in the pros.
There are plenty of DIY projects in your home, so you do not have to take on the pest control too. If you spot any pests around your home, your next step should be calling a professional pest control service.