When it comes to pest control, a DIY approach, however appealing, may not be the best way to go, especially if it involves more than just a few bugs or a couple of rats. A DIY route may lull you into the misconception of getting to save more money.

However, you may spend even more if you do it all wrong. Furthermore, your family, pets, customers, or workers' health may suffer along with your wallet. Here's how to know when a DIY can't solve your pest problem.

Failure to Identify the Specific Pest Species

Eradicating rodents and bugs from your home is no small feat. Before tackling this multi-headed dragon, you'd first want to identify the pests you're dealing with and understand their habits and behaviors.

Unfortunately, many DIY enthusiasts have wasted precious time and money, not to mention jeopardized health, on an endless parade of baits and pesticides that never seem to work. All this unnecessary waste is due to their failure to correctly identify the specific rat, cockroach, or termite species.

Note that not all species are created equal, and different pesticides react differently in each species. For instance, an American cockroach requires an extermination method different from a German cockroach.

If you're not confident in your identification efforts from the get-go, it would be best to resolve the issue with pest control experts. They possess the necessary knowledge, experience, and know-how when it comes to identifying pests and creating a fool-proof plan of action for successfully dealing with them for good, from the root source and in the shortest possible time.

Lack of Safety Equipment

Various pests pose varying degrees of danger for you, your loved ones, pets, customers, or workers. For example, without prompt and proper treatment, the black widow spider's venomous bite is potentially fatal in children and can make an adult gravely ill.

Likewise, cockroaches and rodents are known disease spreaders, the bite of certain ant species can be excruciating, and a nest of wasps can also be fatal. Any DIY attempt will go haywire without the proper safety equipment and safety measures.

Recurring Infestation

Sure, you may have seen success in your first two DIY pest control attempts. But dealing with the issue a third time should push you to think again. Homeowners may be fooled in the first few weeks after DIY extermination, falsely assuming that the problem is resolved for good.

On the other hand, pest control experts know better than celebrating too early after just a few good catches of rodents. Instead, they find ways to dig deeper and find the infestation at the root. They will explore potential nesting areas in walls, ceilings, or electrical equipment.

They make sure to spot not only the pests we see but also those we can't see, like hidden cockroach eggs waiting to hatch and mature to wreak havoc in your home again.

When Pesticides are Needed

Pesticides contain harmful chemicals, a fact stated on the product labels. But unfortunately, not all DIY users of said pesticides carefully read and strictly follow what's indicated in the instructions. Thus, product efficiency and home health reach a stalemate. Here are the dangers of pesticides you must know about:

  • Oil or petroleum-based pesticides are highly flammable. Improper storage and handling pose explosion and fire hazards.
  • Overspraying of pesticides puts humans, pets, and plants in the line of danger. Furthermore, your property may suffer from cosmetic damage due to overexposure.
  • Unprofessional mixing of other chemicals with pesticides can be dangerous and thus ill-advised.

While leaving poisoned baits for rats and roaches is risky if you have pets and young children in the house, pesticides are the most dangerous method and should only be considered a last resort. However, suppose there's no option but to use pesticides.

It would be best if you hire a skilled professional. They may ask you to vacate the affected premises for a certain period before air safety levels go back to normal. After all, they know better than to risk their clients' developing respiratory damage, painful eye and skin reactions, or even chemical burns.

A Failed DIY Attempt

One apparent reason for seeking professional help is a failed DIY attempt. For instance, you may have even made the problem a lot worse by perhaps spraying haphazardly without a good plan.

Doing so may have resulted in some insects dying, but the survivors may have scattered about and started nesting in various concealed areas of your home that are close to impossible to locate on your own.

Pest control is not limited to spray bottle solutions. It entails a specific plan of action for a more positive outcome. If you've already spent too much on an endless line of spray products that don't work, or if infestation appears worse than before, probably because of the pests developing resistance, it's high time for you to seek professional help ASAP. Pest experts are well-equipped with adequate knowledge and experience in achieving success.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Roaches, rats, and other disease-spreaders have roamed the earth since time immemorial. And the oldest pest control records trace back to 2500 BC in ancient Mesopotamia. Unfortunately, it's physically impossible to go against the course of nature and permanently eradicate these pests from the face of the earth. The best we can do is prevent them from invading our homes. Here are some tips:

Seal off potential entry points

If you live in an older home with lots of cracks and crevices or unreachable nooks and corners, consult your home builder for the prompt repair and restoration of floors and walls. Prevention is better than cure, after all.

Keeping pests from getting inside your homes in the first place deprives them of the chance to build nests and propagate. Rats have an alarming reproduction rate of 40 babies per year since females reach sexual maturity at as young as eight weeks and can conceive 48 hours upon giving birth.

However, if you suspect a small infestation starting despite having sealed off possible entry points, contact pest control ASAP before things blow out of proportion. Not only do pests pose health dangers, but they also weaken the structural foundations of your home.

Store food efficiently

Clean up food crumbs from your kitchen, bedroom, and living room. The smell of food attracts uninvited guests like rodents and ants.

Check for leaks

Areas with moisture serve as a perfect nesting ground for cockroaches and other insects.

Solving a recurring pest problem will remain a fool's errand if you overlook resolving these underlying causes. Still, if the inevitable infestation still happens, no matter how religiously you try to keep these pests at bay, contact pest control immediately.

Professional aid is your best bet if you reckon the problem to be beyond your DIY capacities. When dealing with a large-scale infestation, leaving it in the hands of experts is the best decision you can make. In addition, you're sure to save on time, money, and energy by seeking professional help.

Contact A+Termite & Pest Control at 704-252-1024, a true-blue and locally owned company that has served satisfied clients all over Mooresville, Cornelius, and the entire Lake Norman area for over two decades.