To DIY or not to DIY

Consider your options before making the first step.

Consider your options before making the first step.

As a homeowner, you know that there are some projects that you can do yourself and without the aid of a professional service. You can fix that leaky pipe with a wrench without having to resort to the services of a plumber. A few classes in culinary cuisine can help you save a few dollars the next time you crave fancy food.

But can the DIY (do it yourself) approach really work against a pest invasion or would it be better to hire the services of a professional pest control service? Let’s compare both of these approaches and find out –

The DIY Approach

  • You save money

This is one of the most obvious benefits (read excuse) to the DIY approach when it comes to pest control. Professional pest control services charge for their labor. In addition, they also charge according to the extent of your problem so you can save a few bucks if you think that you can resolve the issue yourself.

  • Avoid amateurs

There are some pest control services that claim to be the real deal but aren’t. The DIY approach might save you the hassle of dealing with an uninsured service. You might also be tempted to adopt the DIY approach if you think that you would be better suited to fumigate your own home.

Professional Pest Control

The DIY approach is definitely effective if you only have a smattering or a single pest to deal with. Infestations, on the other hand, are another matter entirely.

Here are other reasons why most homeowners would rather rely on the expertise of a pest control service than try to handle pests themselves –

  • Save more Money!

This might seem counter intuitive. However, hiring the services of a professional pest control service does save you more money especially when it comes to infestations.

Pest control specialists actually use less pesticide than you think. They know the dosage it takes to kill off a family of bed bugs on your bedstead or any other particular corner of the house. In other words, they know special techniques that will rid you of your problem more efficiently. And since they charge according to their labor, you save more money. This is a far better prospect than buying cans of expensive pesticide and having no idea on how to use them for optimum effect.

  • Save Time

Hiring a pro can save you time. Lots of time.

Hiring a pro can save you time. Lots of time.

This goes without saying. A pest controller will help you get rid of an infestation in less than half the time it would take you to do the same yourself. Remember, they are trained in what they do, which means that they will always provide their customers with customized solutions that solve their pest problems quickly and efficiently.

  • Keep your home safe for your family

You do not want a wooden beam falling on anyone, but that might happen if you underestimate the extent of a termite infestation. You might think that spraying pesticide in a hole in the wall might rid you of a termite infestation but the interior of your walls is another story.

After all, wooden structure might look sound on the outside; however, you cannot see what the termites have done to it from the inside. A pest control officer will provide you with the best solution according to the type of termites that invade your home and the extent of the infestation.

  • Insured and Licensed

You should always determine whether the pest control service you hire is insured. Reputable pest control services are always insured and licensed for the states that they operate in. For example, their worker’s insurance will ensure that you are not slapped with a lawsuit in case one of their employees hurts himself in your home.

And the Winner is…

There are clearly more benefits to hiring a pest control service than adopting the DIY approach to the same. Some of the most obvious have to do with convenience, efficiency and budgetary perks.

Remember, the DIY approach might come in handy if you are dealing with a few cockroaches, but it won’t work if you have an entire swarm of them to deal with. A professional pest control service will be able to rid you of the pests more efficiently and guarantee that your home will be pest free for the long term.


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