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Avoid These Common “DIY” Pest Control Problems and Dangers

For just about everything we need, we can simply place an Amazon order to buy it or watch a YouTube tutorial to fix it. However, there is one thing that can be almost impossible to solve without a professional: a pest control problem.

If you’re thinking of using something you bought off the shelf to solve a pest infestation in your home, here are three reasons why you may want to reconsider.

1. DIY solutions typically don’t target the source of the pest problem.

An ideal pest control solution won’t just help you deal with an existing infestation. It will also prevent future ones. For example, using a can of Raid to kill an “ant attack” in your kitchen will indeed kill the ants foraging in your pantry. However, that bug spray doesn’t actually target the ant colony on your property. You could very well be faced with another ant infestation week after week by not dealing with the root of the issue.

Similarly, if you’re having a mouse problem inside your home, you might try to solve the issue with mousetraps. While you may catch mice, mousetraps are not effective at keeping mice from entering your home in the future. To keep mice out, you’ll need to know how and where to seal entry points into your home.

2. Pesticides, traps, and exclusion materials can be difficult to apply effectively.

Unless you have professional training, you may not know where to place pesticides, traps, and exclusion materials for the best results. Furthermore, it’s critical that you know how to use this equipment correctly and safely. Without this knowledge, you may end up wasting a lot of time and money as you continually try to solve your home’s pest problem through trial and error.

3. Pesticides and rodenticides can poison children and pets.

Pest control solutions are not “one size fits all.” If there are small children or pets in your home, that’s essential to consider when looking at ways to deal with bugs and rodents.

Consider this:

  • Every year, U.S. poison control centers get calls for more than 10,000 children endangered by rodenticide.
  • Pets can be poisoned by eating the rodenticide bait in bait stations that are accessible and not tamper-proof. This is the most common way that pets are harmed by rodenticides, according to Pest Control Technology.

If you’re not sure how to eliminate a pest infestation in your home safely, it’s best to involve a professional and to speak to them about your household’s unique needs.

Why Hire a Ridd Pest Control Professional?

At Ridd Pest Control, our highly-trained technicians not only know the best and safest methods of pest control and prevention, but they also have the knowledge and experience needed to get effective, long-lasting results. To learn more about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at (833) 372-1850.