Hello everyone! As you may have noticed, I haven’t been updating as much lately. I’m very sorry about that! I’ve just been prepping for my vacation! I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to update this blog while I’m away (can you blame me?), but hopefully all the wonderful posts on here written by all the authors will be able to help you out anyway. For now, I will write this very brief post on the pros and cons of do-it-yourself pest control for any new people or skeptics who may be uncertain.
Saves money! This is probably the biggest factor why I try not to call in exterminators (I have better things to buy with my money!).
You know exactly which products are being applied so you know exactly at with rate to apply it and also the dilution rate. It also helps to know how to apply a pesticide in certain areas, like on plants or in wall voids, for example.
You have the actual product. This is beneficial if you ever want to buy the product again so you can let the company you’re buying from know the exact name of the product. If you also ever happen to land yourself in the ER for chemical poisoning, the doctors will be able to help you quicker and more effectively if you give them the product label, which contains necessary treatment steps.
You have a variety to choose from. When you hire an exterminator, you can only use the products they give you. However, if you do pest control yourself, you can choose to use traps, pesticides you’ve had experience with before, etc.
On that note, you can control pests that exterminators won’t. Most exterminators focus on bugs and insects only. They usually won’t help get rid of moles, wasp nests, snakes, etc. DIY pest control product distribution companies typically offer numerous traps, glue traps, repellents, and more to help those who do have these unusual pest problems.
Human error. A common misconception that most people have is that the more pesticide you use, the stronger it will be. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Using too much or even too little of a pesticide could make the pesticide ineffective and cause the infestation to get worse. If you don’t apply pesticides as specified in the label, there could be exasperating consequences.
The infestation is too large for you to handle on your own. If you’re seeing a large quantity of your pest everyday, then it’s probably best to call in your local professional rather than try to treat it yourself. I cannot tell you how many stories I’ve heard about people who try to treat infestations like bed bug problems on their own and end up spreading it to every room and also to their neighbors. If the infestation is too large or you’re going to end up spending a ton of money on products anyway, might as well hire an exterminator to do the job for you.
You are the one at risk. If you’re the one applying the pesticides, you are the one who will be harmed if the pest attacks or if you accidentally get some of the chemical on you. You’ll also be doing the dirty work yourself, meaning that you’ll see the dead bugs, rodents, or animals. This isn’t really a major disadvantage, but it definitely seems to deter women (sorry, ladies. It’s usually true) and the squeamish.
And there you have it. I’m personally a bit biased because I’ve been independently spraying pesticides for the past several years, but I have called in an exterminator before for infestations that just got out of hand. Remember, whether you apply the pesticides or not, you should always be informed of the residual time and general information of them so that you never end up accidentally exposing yourself to the chemical while it’s not safe to do so!