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Are DIY Bug Control Methods Effective?

Many homeowners are do-it-yourselfers. They may have bought a home simply because they like taking on projects around the house on the weekends, or they may just DIY as a way to save the cost and hassle of trying to hire professionals. In many cases, this extends to pest control efforts. However, there are several risks involved if you try to rely on at home bug remedies.

Potential Harm to Children and Pets

Pesticides have to be harmful to get the job done, but that doesn't mean you need to put your children and pets at risk. While most homeowners may spray or place pesticides where a pet or child could ingest them because that location was convenient, pest control experts know how to get to places that pests regularly visit but children and pests can't get to. If they are forced to use treatments in reachable areas, they have the knowledge and ability to use less harmful pesticides or traps that will still get the job done.

Wasting Money on Ineffective Methods

Pesticides are heavily regulated, and the pesticides available to consumers are often weaker than those available to the pros. This is both because of laws restricting what can be sold and because manufacturers are afraid of lawsuits from consumers who harmed themselves or their families. Treatments used by homeowners may not last as long or may provide enough of a punch to take out the entire colony. The cost of multiple DIY treatment attempts could end up greater than a single professional visit that gets the job done right the first time.

Creating Superbugs

Extra costs isn't the only worry of failed treatment efforts. The pests that survive develop immunity to the treatment and pass it on to the next generation. Getting rid of these pests will require even harsher treatments, and there's no guarantee that they will work against the pests' new resiliency. Even worse, these treatments could require the home to be vacated during treatment, and they're also less likely to be environmentally-friendly. To get help with your pest control efforts, call the pros at Breda Pest Management.

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