Sometimes it may seem easier and more cost-effective to get rid of bugs and other pests invading your home by yourself. However, using pesticides from the store or using other at-home remedies has big drawbacks, especially when compared to calling a professional pest company. Before you start your DIY pest control project, consider these common issues with trying to control pests on your own.
Misidentifying the Kind of Pest Problem You Have
There is no universal pesticide that will eliminate every type of bug. Some insects require a special kind of treatment, which makes it important to know exactly what kind of bug you have. Flying ants and termites, for example, are generally mistaken for the other, but they require very different treatments. If you misidentify the bugs in your home, your house will still be infested and you will be extremely frustrated.
Choosing the Wrong Pest Treatment Option
Identifying the kind of bug problem you have is the first complication. What adds more difficulty to treating pests is that some species of the same bug require different kinds of treatment. The ants that are stealing your food may require a spray treatment whereas the carpenter ants that are damaging the wood in your home will need to be baited. Once again, you will be stuck with your pest problem with no end in sight.
Treating Everywhere Instead of a Targeted Source
Spraying pesticides or repellants around every inch of your home may seem like an effective way to eliminate a pest problem, but it is also extremely toxic for you, your family, and even your pets. Just like how applying too much bug repellent to your skin increases your body’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, spraying too much around your living area can be dangerous too. If you are unsure where you should apply treatments or sprays, it’s best to call a professional pest control company.
Not Treating the Right Targeted Source
Spraying mosquito repellant around the entryways of your home may be an effective way to prevent them from coming inside, but that does not mean the mosquitoes disappear. Their breeding grounds are still thriving, meaning that the mosquito population around your home is still growing. Treating the wrong targeted area can even worsen your bug trouble.
For example, spraying the outside areas of your home for ants may cause them to move from outside to inside your home, causing an even bigger problem. As professional pest specialists, we are trained and experienced in finding the source of pest infestations and eliminating them correctly once and for all.
Underestimating the Severity of the Pest Problem
When bugs nest between the walls, DIY pest treatments aren’t entirely effective because the treatment can’t hit the source of the problem. Wall nesting can also make people underestimate how bad their pest problem really is. Most bugs and vermin reproduce quickly and in high quantity. So if you see a few insects crawling around your home, there may be hundreds more hiding and reproducing just out of sight.
For Accurate and Reliable Pest Control, Econ-O-Bug is Ready to Help
DIY pest control may seem like a cost-effective solution at first, but it can end up costing you more in the end. When it comes to preventing or eliminating pests from your home, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company. Econ-O-Bug Pest Control provides pest control services throughout south Louisiana with free inspections and quotes so there are no surprises besides how effective our treatment plans are.
For pest control treatments that you can rely on, contact Econ-O-Bug today!