If you are currently dealing with an infestation and are considering a DIY control solution instead of a professional one then you have come to the right place.
Although you may be considering DIY solutions simply because it is less expensive, there are other factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision. So without further ado, here are 8 reasons why DIY control chemicals aren’t long-term effective solutions.
- You’ll misjudge the Severity of the Situation:
When it comes to pests like termites and rodents, it is hard to comprehend the severity of the infestation. Often homeowners are only able to detect the presence of pests and insects only after the damage has been caused or after seeing them running around but by then the infestation has grown quite a bit for them to be roaming out in the open.
While DIY solutions focus on controlling and removal of the pests that are seen, technicians work to find the root cause, the hidden infestation and how to treat the infestation efficiently.
- You Could Harm Your Loved Ones, Pet, and Surroundings:
Most DIY solutions involve the use of harmful chemicals and you definitely don’t want your kids and pets exposed to it. Even if you do not have pets or children, it won’t be safe for you or your loved ones.
Additionally, these solutions are harmful to the environment. When it comes to treatments and chemicals that you have no knowledge of, it is best to leave it to the experts!
- Using the Wrong Product/Solution:
The same solution or product that worked to control and remove spiders won’t work for removal of termites. Different solutions work differently for every pest. Therefore, you need to know which solution is effective for the type of pest you are dealing with.
Using the wrong solution is a waste of your time and money. Even if it works as a repellent, it is only so long before they return after the solution has worn off.
- Exposure to Harmful Insecticides:
Most insecticides contain poisonous ingredients and if not used properly, you could be exposing yourself to harmful chemicals. Since professional technicians are skilled and knowledgeable in using them effectively without harming themselves or your family, you should get professional help instead of playing with DIY control chemicals yourself.
- Time and Cost-consuming:
When experimenting with DIY control chemicals, there are only two results, either you get super lucky and it works out well for you, which in most cases is extremely rare, or you end up buying and trying out several DIY control products which consume much of your time, money and energy.
- Using the Solution/Product Incorrectly:
Another factor to consider with DIY control is how to use it correctly. If used incorrectly, it would be ineffective meaning you just wasted your time, money and risked your health by playing with harmful chemicals.
Often homeowners lack the skill, experience, and knowledge required to use these solutions effectively which is the main cause of most DIY pet control solutions failing to be effective in terminating a pest infestation, especially when dealing with a termite infestation.
- Property Damage:
Your property is an asset you can’t risk damaging at all. However, when you use several DIY pest control chemical solutions, you risk damaging your property and its surroundings.
Some of the DIY pest control solutions could leak into your water tank or into the soil of your backyard and cause long-lasting damage. Keep in mind that when it comes to pests that cause severe property damage such as termites, wood borers, rodents, etc., the longer you have them, the more damage they cause and the more you will have to invest in repairing the damage.
Therefore, it is important that you use a pest control solution that works quick and efficiently and is reliable in keeping these insects away now and in the future too.
- Life-threatening Accidents:
As mentioned earlier, using these solutions incorrectly exposes you to these harmful chemicals that could cause health concerns and endanger your life. However, there is also another risk factor! While trying to implement these solutions, you could be endangering your life.
For instance, when trying to eliminate bees, wasps or hornets, they could feel threatened and attack you.
Hire a Professional for Pest Control instead of DIY Solutions
Since DIY solutions aren’t reliable and effective in keeping pests at bay long term, you should consider hiring professional pest control experts to eliminate your existing insect infestation.
As experts have the skills, experience, knowledge, tools, treatment and protective gear required to effectively treat your home and execute the service, you should really opt for professional help as it would be a good investment and save on your time, effort and money.
In conclusion, although you may feel like DIY pest control solutions are less expensive and ‘get the job done’ that is just a misconception, you most definitely will end up spending more either by having to get a professional treatment later when the infestation has worsened or on damage repairs to fix whatever was destroyed when using harmful chemicals on your property.
Therefore, opting for professional help is the more reliable long term and cost-effective way to eliminate pests from your home.
About the Author:
Muzi Tsolakis, a pest specialist, is the owner of Protech Pest Control in Australia. It is well known for its durable, eco-friendly and cost-efficient termite treatment and same day services.