Pest control is a tough task especially when you think of taking it up as a DIY project. It may sound thrilling to kick those nasty roaches, rodents, and bed bugs out of home all by yourself but it is easier said than done. Most homeowners resort to the fastest and most affordable commercially available solution for their situation. They buy pest controlling/exterminating solutions such as pesticides, over the counter sprays and traps to kick start their mission.

Experts believe that undertaking a Do-It-Yourself pest control mission can do more harm than good to your home and family.

If you have still decided to drive pests out of home all by yourself, here are a few mistakes you should avoid:

Neglecting the Primary Source

The instant reaction of a homeowner after spotting pests is to spray without delay. However, this is not the solution. Prior to beginning the treatment, you must search for the source of infestation. Hunt around your house for all kinds of unsealed gaps and holes. These are usually common around doors, windows and smaller crevices. In case, you find these gaps, simply seal them up! Once you seal the gaps, it is time to bait the remaining pests using a pesticide. Make sure you are using an appropriate product to stamp the bugs out.

Use of Harmful Pesticides

This should be strictly avoided. Most pesticides available commercially on the market use harmful chemicals for the job. Also if used inappropriately or any error from your side can make things worse. The chemicals in the pesticides can harm your pets and kids. There have been a number of cases where homeowners fell sick after touching, ingesting or mishandling the pesticide. Safe handling is crucial to ensure removal of pests from home without harming the kids or pets. Carefully read and follow application procedures to be able to protect your family against serious side effects.

Use of OTC Sprays

Strictly avoid fighting infestations using OTC (over the counter) sprays. Once you spot insects at or around your home, it is time to be patient and look for a practical (safe) solution. Reaching for an over the counter spray is not a good idea. Although these sprays are made for killing bugs, they may leave behind a residue. This tends to push insects into other directions. So the aim remains unfulfilled. You are actually reducing the chances of treating infestation and creating bigger problem to deal with. The best thing to do is to use proper indoor baiting methods. These are helpful in wiping out the entire colony of pests instead of a few stray bugs.

Not Maintaining Home Hygiene

Pests love dirty places. This is where they dwell and thrive. So make sure you keep your home clean and de-cluttered. Pests look for places that offer them food and shelter. A cluttered home allows these creatures easy access for hiding places. In order to reduce the chances of pest infestation at home, you must maintain proper. Clean your house regularly. Do not leave food and crumbs out in the open for longer periods of time. Always keep the yard clean and remove all sources of trash, rotting food, standing water, dead animals etc. Employing these habits is a significant step towards keeping pests away from home!

Ignoring Professional Help

Do not ignore the signs of getting professional help. The over the counter pesticides may not help you get long term effects. Although the products are designed to kill pest on contact, these are unable to prevent infestation from spreading. Spending time, money and efforts on these products will only allow a big problem to get bigger. Getting in touch with a professional pest control service will give you better results.

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  1. That’s a good point that you would want to make sure that there is nothing harmful in your grass, especially if you have kids. My kids love to play out in the yard, so I wouldn’t want them to be exposed to any harmful pesticides. I’ll have to make sure that my pest control service will be able to remove the bugs without using anything harmful to humans.

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