Pests are a lot like you and need three basic essentials to survive: food, water, and shelter. This is why they come into your home.
Sometimes, homeowners can control pests with simple steps, like cleaning up crumbs and making the home unwelcoming to these uninvited guests. And sometimes, DIY pest controls fail.
Here are some common reasons why DIY pest control fails.
Some Homeowners Aren't Proactive
Families are busy and have many other things on their minds, like work and school. So, pest control doesn't take center stage, and they don't think about pest control until it's too late.
To be proactive in their pest control role, homeowners must think of pest control as part of their normal household routines. This includes some simple steps.
- Don't allow clutter to accumulate inside or outside
- Keep crumbs cleaned and floors vacuumed
- Clean out gutters around the home
- Seal any entryways you find
- Repair damaged or broken screens on doors and windows
- Store pet foods in containers with lids
- Fix leaky pipes or moist basements
These steps not only help keep pests away but also help keep your home in good condition.
Some Homeowners Wait Until It's Too Late
You may see a bug or two and think it's no big deal and not think about the pest again until it's too late. Too late means damage to your home or an infestation.
Once pests have multiplied in numbers, and many do so rapidly, it's too late to try DIY pest control in most cases. Some insects, especially cockroaches, are too strong and resilient for natural pest methods or even sprays from your local store.
Calling in a local pest control service is the safest and most effective way to quickly rid your home of pests. The sprays used to exterminate and control pests are far more effective than those found at your local big-box store.
Some Homeowners Use The Wrong Products
Insect bait is insect bait, right? Wrong.
Baits made for insect control are formulated to attract specific pests. So, if you choose the wrong type of bait, it isn't going to work.
Also, since baits are insect-specific, using one type of bait won't rid your home of various types of pests. Baits also don't work if you stop using them after you catch a few insects. There could be eggs that hatch, causing a re-infestation.
The bottom line is, for a small number of pests in a home that is proactive against pests, DIY methods can be effective. However, if your home is infested, or you don't have the time or knowledge needed to get rid of pests, call a professional in pest control.
Professionals have the tools and knowledge to quickly, safely, and effectively exterminate pests and keep them from coming back.
Contact a pest control service for more information.