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FYI about DIY Pest Control

Published May 15th, 2018 by Devteam

FYI about DIY Pest Control

These days it seems everyone thinks they can be a “professional”. Simply look up the endless supply of videos and how-to articles on the internet and voila! Anyone can do it! Just like a pro, right? Wrong! 

While some do-it-yourself instruction can be practical and useful, one place everyone should exercise extreme caution is in pest control. We get it… to save a few bucks, you venture into the big box store, buy some “bug juice” and the little buggers in your kitchen are gone! It really is a bit more complicated than that. 

Before you tackle your next pest issue on your own, try answering the following questions:

  1. What pest exactly are you dealing with? Have you properly identified it? Do you even know what it is? Are they ants or termites? Are they mice or voles? It really does matter.
  2. Why are they there? What is the root cause of the problem? Are they doing damage? Do you know?
  3. What “bug juice” do you select? How much do you use? Where do you use it? Will it force them to other parts of your home? Is it “safe” for your family and pets to be around? 
  4. What if they come back, should you reapply? When? How often?

Experienced, trained and licensed Pest Management Professionals (PMP’s) know the answers to these questions, and more. It is what we do.

Another aspect of DIY pest control are the legal issues. Do you know the laws applicable to applying pesticides? Did you know Landlords and Property Management technicians cannot legally apply a pesticide in a residence other than their own if they are not licensed? Even if you own the rental unit, it is unlawful to apply even an ant button or use a can of wasp spray if you are not licensed! 

When your car is making a funny noise, you go to a reputable mechanic. When you or your family members are feeling ill, you go see a medical professional. When you need your taxes done, you go see an accountant. When you experience a pest issue, seek the advice of a qualified PMP.

Some things are better left to the professionals! 


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