Is Do It Yourself Pest Control a Good Idea?
It sounds like a no-brainer to not spend copious amounts of money on a problem that can be solved with some pocket change and a trip to the convenience store. But sometimes a Band-Aid isn’t enough for a bullet-hole. DIY techniques tend to be insufficient in the pest control arena yet they are tried time and time again and they can sometimes make the problem even worse than it was in the beginning. DIY pest control ideas often have good intentions but many times they just don’t make the mark leaving people calling professional services anyway. These are five DIY pest removal techniques that in theory should be very helpful, but in reality, tend to be ineffective and frustrating.
Setting Bait Traps for Mice
This technique alone rarely works for several reasons. One is that rodents are sneaky and have survived for centuries on their resourcefulness. Many are much more intelligent than you may think and can get the tasty treat from the trap unscathed. In which case you end up just feeding the vermin and making them want to spend more time in your plentiful home.
Another reason this is ineffective is that is doesn’t solve how the mice got in. Killing what is there does not address how the problem came to be and it doesn’t guarantee more mice won’t pay a visit to your home in the future.
Finally, many traps have certain types of food to attract the mice and depending on the type and location of the mouse it may not be something that will be appetizing to it. Experts have a much better chance of finding the right methods and traps that will kill any mice present in your home and make sure no more come.
Spraying Bees and Ants with Aerosol Sprays
The sprays that can be easily obtained in hardware stores are highly regulated and don’t have the potential to be that effective. However, when you spray these insects with bug killing sprays it tends to be at least somewhat effective at killing the specific bugs you spray, but it is highly unlikely to solve the problem completely. These insects are hive animals that support a queen. The queen’s only job is to reproduce.
If you discover a large amount of ants or bees in your home, then there is a good chance that a hive is present. If that is the case, then just spraying the insects you see will only mitigate the problem. If the queen is not dealt with then these creepy crawlies will keep coming back. By spraying these insects sometimes, it just makes them angry and they can bite or sting you in the process which no one wants.
Using Dangerous Chemicals without Training
One of the best ways to kill unwanted pests, especially insects, is by utilizing harsh chemicals, if you can get your hands on them. However, when people try to do this themselves without experience they risk doing an ineffective job as well as causing harm to both themselves and their families. If chemicals aren’t used extremely carefully then there is the potential for a variety of health issues to be caused such as breathing problems and skin irritation. It is a much safer bet to call in a professional with equipment and training to tackle intense pest infestations.
Cornering and Grabbing an Animal in Order to Remove It
Pests, just like any other type of animal, get extremely frightened when cornered and will often get extremely defensive and attempt to fight back. This may result in an untrained animal wrangler getting scratched, bitten, or injured in another manner. What can make matters even worse is the fact that many pests such as raccoons, rats, and possums carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans if they are bitten. Leaving the animal catching to professionals is very advisable unless contracted rabies happens to be on your bucket list.
Sealing Off Expected Access Points without Investigation
Many people realize that pest problems extend past exactly what they can see roaming around their homes. Some can even locate the supposed source and close it off. However, if this is done incorrectly or without further investigation it could trap critters in your home or in the walls of your home which could be quite disgusting when they eventually die or find themselves a new way in, out of desperation. A professional pest control service can much more effectively see where the problem is and seal it up in the best way possible so that you don’t hear distressed mice scratching through the walls for the foreseeable future.
In the end, because of the ineffective nature of many DIY pest control ideas, people end up spending more time and money than they would have if they just called in a professional from the beginning. Don’t let this happen to you. Call us at Top NC Pest Control at the first sign of the problem and we will make sure that it is dealt with in a safe, quick, and economical manner so that you can get back to living your life pest free.