Do-it-yourself pest control has hit an all-time high thanks to the internet. You can go online now, research a pest, find a product and have it delivered to your door. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, and most people find out that the infestations get worse as a result. If you’re thinking about DIY pest control, you should consider the bigger picture.
3 Don’ts of DIY Pest Control
Don’t assume that you can identify the pest.
Some pests look alike. Termites look like ants; ladybugs look like Asian lady beetles. Soldier bugs and stinkbugs also look alike. If you don’t know the differences, you might treat the wrong insects and even harm beneficial species. Trained technicians know how to spot the differences between species and which products to use for eliminating nuisance pests without harming beneficial insects.
Don’t underestimate toxic chemicals.
Pest control products contain many different chemical ingredients for targeting specific insects. These chemicals can also harm people, pets and wildlife if they’re not applied in the proper way. Harmful sprays can drift with the wind and affect beneficial insects like honeybees or contaminate water sources, resulting in the loss of fish and other aquatic life. If you’re not trained to apply chemical pesticides, you could cause more problems than you realize.
Don’t rely on your instincts.
If you’re a carpenter or another skilled worker, you have the confidence to do your job correctly. Certified pest control professionals have the same confidence as they’ve gone through training to identify pests, to understand chemical products and to use proper procedures to eliminate infestations. If you have any doubts concerning which products to use or how to apply them, it’s best to leave the job to trained technicians.
Professional Pest Control for Infestations
In the battle between professional and DIY pest control, the professional way always wins. Experienced technicians can correctly identify numerous pest species and target them accordingly using the proper treatments. They understand how to apply the chemicals to reduce the risk of harm to people, pets and the environment. If you’re battling a pest infestation, don’t rely on DIY methods. Flexible Pest Services can treat your home and keep it free of pests every season.