Can DIY Pest Control Cost You More?

Many people turn their noses up at the idea of hiring a pest control company. They see pest control as being a simple problem which can be handled by anyone. Many people also don’t like the idea of spending money on pest control.

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After all, you simply need to drop some shop bought poison and the issue is over, right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that pests are stubborn, tenacious, and difficult to get rid of. It usually takes professional guidance to get rid of them for good. What’s more, DIY pest control can often end up costing you more. There are several reasons for this:

Why DIY pest control may end up costing you more

1. The prevalence of bogus information

It’s really sad, but most of the internet is made up of incorrect, bogus, and downright dangerous information. This includes the thing you may of read about getting rid of pests. The point is that you need to be careful when following DIY pest control methods you read about online.

2. Time is money

This applies to businesses who are dealing with pests. They say time is money and it’s true. Every second that you delay in handling pest issues can cost you money. This is especially true if you’re wasting time trying to deal with the problem yourself. It’s a lot easier and faster to simply call in a professional.

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3. Stress factor

Pests can be extremely stressful. Take, for example, something like bed bugs. These pests can drive you absolutely bonkers. Getting rid of them yourself means having to wash and vacuum your entire home. Even if you do that, these pests, like more than likely come back. Why put yourself through all of that stress when an exterminator can handle the problem in hours.

4. If it doesn’t work you’ve wasted money

DIY pest control solutions can be expensive. Anyone who has gone to the shops to buy poisons will already know this. If you buy something and it doesn’t work…well…that’s simply money down the drain. Even worse, you’ll still have to hire pest control and by then the problem may be worse.

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5. You might get it wrong

DIY pest control can often go horribly wrong. For example, we recently heard of a young family who had a wasp nest in their wall. The owner of the house thought they could solve the problem by simply blocking the entrance hole. Unfortunately, this did not work out in the way they imagined. What happened? Instead of dying, the wasps simply ate through his wall and came out on the other side. He now had an indoor wasp infestation rather than an outdoor one. What you have to understand is that DIY pest control takes a high degree of technical know-how. There are always unforeseen things which may go wrong.

6. The safety factor

You have to realise that pesticides are incredibly dangerous. If you have pets or small children there’s always the chance that something can go horribly wrong. The bottom line is that pesticides should only be handled by people who know what they are doing.


At the end of the day it’s really up to you. DIY pest control may be worth a shot but you have to take care. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to handle this problem yourself. Just remember what we’ve said in this article. Also, if you do have problems, feel free to give us a call.


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