DIY Vs Professional Pest Control

Remember the last time you heard the high-pitched scream of surprise followed by a loud slap of a shoe or any other object within reach? Maybe it was you who screamed. In any case, parasites in the house are never welcome guests and there are several methods to give them the boot forever without breaking the bank.

Before you rush to your phone book page marked “exterminators” after seeing a spider web in the garage, you should familiarize yourself with basic do-it-yourself pest control solutions. The number one reason pests enter your home is because of the food and shelter it provides. If you manage to remove both or even one of these, many of your pest problems will subside if they don’t completely disappear.

Prevention is key to any type of lasting pest control. You should always start by doing a thorough cleaning of your home and garden. I’m not just talking about taking out the vacuum cleaner. You really need to inspect and clean hard-to-reach spots that go unnoticed during regular cleaning inside your home (e.g. under and behind kitchen appliances).

The exterior of the house is equally important. Overgrown yards with tall grass and rotting weeds or wooden posts are pest havens. Be especially careful with any type of wood source near your home’s foundation lines as they can act as conduits for termites and other destructive pests. Another tip is to make sure you don’t pile mulch more than 2-3 inches deep around your home as it serves as a breeding ground for various pests. Cutting down cobwebs from the gutter and fence line will also discourage pest activity in these areas.

With limited food sources in and around the home, pest exclusion is the next step in limiting access to your home from the outside. Carefully inspect the following applicable entry points for any gaps and replace or cover as needed: door and window sills, air conditioning or heating air lines / vents, dryer exhaust, roof, chimney and crawl spaces. Any pest exposed entry point into your home can eventually be exploited if left uncovered. Also cut any branches that come close to your home or roof as this will discourage the movement of pests from trees inside your

If prevention alone doesn’t get rid of your pest problems, you can turn to several store-bought products to give yourself an edge over insects. Always follow directions EXACTLY as pesticides can be harmful if not applied and mixed properly. You may want to buy commercial-grade sprayers and products for severe pest problems. If your bug problems persist or you are simply not particularly keen on maintaining the regular maintenance that pest control may require, calling the professionals may be your best bet.

Make sure you get multiple quotes from local businesses and compare their various services and warranties to make sure you get the right company at the right price. You should plan to get them out at least every 3 months for a minimum of 4 treatments until your problems are under control. This is because insects have different reproduction cycles at different times of the year and the only way to interrupt their egg cycles is to follow a specific treatment cycle. Always ask each pest control company about the treatment and coverage of the pests you are having trouble with. You should plan on paying around $ 30- $ 40 per month for the general pest control service. Companies that offer a service for much more or less than this may cut corners or cost their service too much.