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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Do Your Own Pest Control

Why You Should Not Do Your Own Pest Control

Have you ever tried DIY methods or buying over the shelf products in an attempt to resolve a pest issues? Find out why you should not carry out your own pest control.

Lack of understanding of pest behavior, usage of wrong chemicals and methods

When you do your own pest control, you may use the wrong chemical for the wrong pest type. You may also end up using the wrong method to deal with the pest and this may make the situation worse than ever before. For example, Pharaoh’s ants cannot be treated with repellent insecticide. If done so, this causes the colony to break up into several ones and make control of the infestation further challenging.  

Therefore having an understanding of pest behavior is important when control should make use of what they understand about the pest type and recommend the correct chemical with the right frequency and dosage to result in an effective control at the end of the day.

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Health and safety risk with contact of strong chemicals

Professional pest controllers are trained and certified to handle chemicals which potentially can harm a pet at home! When you do your own pest control, you risk hurting yourself or the environment with the chemicals or tools should they be unprofessionally handled and administered.

Health and safety comes first when handling chemicals, glue traps and such for the purpose of pest control. Safety apparels and standards have to be followed and adhered to.

Poison powder when used incorrectly, may risk contaminating food and beverages or general health and safety wellbeing especially when it is applied in sensitive area such as kitchen or resting area.

Lack of monitoring and reporting

Effective pest control requires weekly or monthly monitoring with follow ups to ensure that the method used is showing positive results. When you do your own pest control, it is quite likely that you would not have revisited the place where the bait is placed and where the glue board is laid.

The lack of monitoring and reporting also means there is no proper trending and observation of pest activities. Without knowing exactly what the issue is, the pest infestation level will be more difficult to control.

Blind spots are difficult to locate and there are potential signs and symptoms a regular person is not able to spot without sufficient pest experience. Professional detection should come in here.

Not solving root source of infestation

A good and effective pest control is not a one-size-fits-all approach when you do your own pest control. For example, in some cockroach infestations, both gel and misting work together to achieve maximum control. Using a DIY cockroach spray has its limitations for adequate control. Self-help methods largely perform deterrent or contact kill functions, but not addressing root cause of the problem. Hidden spots and harborage area might also be missed. This also explains why a home owner still experience pest problem even there is no visibility of pest cited. 

Existing housekeeping habits play a vital role in pest control as well. If housekeeping duties are not improved and bad habits are not changed- food, water and shelter are continually provided for pests to come in and stay.

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High chance of pest recurrence

With DIY methods comes a higher chance of pest recurrence when the root problem is not solved. With all the above factors mentioned not properly done, it is therefore quite likely that you will experience the same pest recurrence in no time again.

Why is pest control services beneficial for your home?

Pest control services extend beyond just the delivery of treatments for example placing of traps and baits, deploying control units and applying residual spraying and misting at the premise. The specialist will also recommend pest prevention and proofing tips, monitor pest activities (and in commercial settings, a pest trend analysis is essential) and conduct regular inspection to detect for traces of pests signs. In addition, they have the expertise to identify the pest species, locate key risk areas and utilises innovation and technology to optimise pest control standards.

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