Pest Control: Pro Vs. Do-It-Yourself

In this current economy individuals sometimes resort to DIY pest control methods instead of hiring a professional pest control service. This DIY approach ranges from eco-friendly methods such as: home chemicals and planting bug eating plants, to chemical methods that might include traps and sprays. Despite various DIY approaches you could implement at home, the simple question to ask is whether or not these approaches are more effective than simply hiring a professional. Whichever option you choose, you must first consider the pros and cons of both approaches: professional pest control and home pest control.

For starters professional pest control services may tackle pest problems decidedly better than you are able to. Based on their years of experience and know-how’s they could be better able to beat pests more efficiently and swiftly. Moreover, professional pest control services could be considered less costly than DIY approaches in the long run. This is due to the fact that inefficient DIY pest control approaches can prolong pest problems and thus result in you spending even more money on home pest control approaches. Here are several things to think about when looking for a professional pest control service:

1. Does the pest control business offer seasoned professionals? You really should hire someone who’ll know how to rapidly evaluate how big the infestation is and what kind of insect they are dealing with.

2. Is the business bonded, insured, and certified? Check the credentials of the business you’re dealing with to make sure they’re insured. Moreover, a lot of states demand a license for certain types of chemicals.

3. Does the corporation give written estimates or proposals? It is crucial to know how much the treatment is going to cost prior to signing up. Most businesses  give free quotes via telephone or online.

4. Do they provide any service warranties or money back guarantees? To ensure that you’re going to get a treatment that is worth the price, check what type of policies they give.

5. What kind of pests can they control?  Some companies only handle indoor pests while other companies may only treat outdoors. Decide if the business you are thinking of hiring offers treatment for the kind of pests you have.

On the contrary, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) pest control might be beneficial in situations where the problem is very tiny. In situations like these you may easily get rid of pests with products purchased from your local store.  This can be less costly.  It’s true that some of these over-the-counter pesticides have gotten better over time. And yet, they still may not be as efficient as the ones that the professionals use. Here are a number of tips for selecting  Do-It-Yourself (DIY) pest control treatments:

1. Be hesitant about programs that claim to work each time. Pests differ from area to area and thus might have different types of reactions to certain products. Hence, look for treatments that target a specific kind of infestation or an insect.  Otherwise choose treatments with a 100% money back guarantee if it doesn’t work.

2. Know how a specific treatment works. Be familiar with how and why a specific type of treatment works. In other words be familiar with the science behind them. Does it use poisons or fragrance to repel pests? Select a treatment that can scientifically prove itself as being effective.

3. Not every ultrasonic pest control treatments work. Ultrasonic products don’t work through walls or doors. Thus, these treatments should be installed in each room. And yet, you have to acknowledge that these methods don’t work indefinitely because many pests can become immune to them.

Finally before you decide whether to use a DIY pest control method or a professional pest control company you must first identify the size of the infestation and the type of insect you’re dealing with. Following that, review the pest control company’s background and offering.  In conclusion, remember that DIY pest controls might not always be cheaper than using a professional pest control company.

About John Payton

Bee control expert and founder of a bee control company
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