Hiring a Pest Control Company-Does Do-It-Yourself Work?
March 19, 2012
Whether it’s a toolbox in the storage closet or a garage over flowing with power tools, Homeowners often take pride in their ability to tackle a wide array of the problems that come along with home ownership.The do-it-yourself’ers (DIY) view leaky faucets, uneven floors and other home repair matters with a hungry enthusiasm, eager to pull up their sleeves and find the solution. But even the most stalwart DIY homeowner could fall victim to a problem that is often overlooked or underappreciated: pests.
Pests can wreak havoc on the inside or outside of a property and turn your dream home into a nightmare. Roaches, termites, ants and rodents can often invade the interior of a home and spread an infestation in a matter of months. Moles, beetles, mosquitoes, cluster flies and other outdoor pests can ruin an otherwise enjoyable and serene yard. Insect and animal pests affect the quality of enjoyment, but they also present serious hazards to the home’s integrity and the health and safety of those inside. While a DIY homeowner may feel confident in his pest control abilities, hiring a local exterminator or a local pest control company is very advantageous.
Pest control products are expensive and are often not suitable for every situation. DIY pest control is not impossible; home and garden superstores offer a wide array of pest control products. The problem is often navigating the vast selection while thinking the inevitable “wonder if this will this work?”. Professional pest control experts are trained to spot infestations and pest control problems quickly and they have the ability to offer actionable advice on the best possible ways to prevent the problem from escalating and quickly start dealing with the problem. An owner who decides to tackle his pest control problem on his own by purchasing a variety of over-the-counter control devices could only escalate the problem. Additionally, it may not be known exactly how serious the problem is.
A local exterminator or a local pest control company also brings experience to the situation. Local exterminators and pest control companies encounter many different types of pest control problems; by virtue of this exposure, the local experts know how to handle the pests that are specific to a homeowner’s particular area or region.
Utilizing a local pest control company may also prove to be an environmentally friendly option, as well. Professional pest control companies understand how to safely and effectively apply pest control techniques. This will undoubtedly preserve, to the greatest extent possible, the vitality of the home’s premises, reduce potentially hazardous effects and preserve the health and safety of the home’s family members.
It can be very tempting to forego the use of a professional pest control service for the potential cost-savings a DIY approach may present. However, the lack of expertise and experience, the inability to choose with precision a technique known and likely to reduce the problem and the potential dangers to a home’s property and the health and safety of the family members must also be considered. Ultimately, use of a local exterminator or pest control company outweigh the cost savings and pride associated with DIY pest control.
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