Having “pests” in your home can be one of the most annoying and even challenging issues you’ll face. After all, the variety of potential pests or invaders is pretty diverse and can include insects, rodents and even certain mammals and birds. Dealing with these issues is not exactly rocket science, and there are some time-tested DIY solutions. However, there are also some not-so-time-tested methods of pest control. In this article, we’ll look at some of the more common pest control mistakes and even some solutions to them.
Most Common Blunders
- You panic – No one will judge you if the sight of a cockroach or ant in the kitchen sends you into a panic. It is plain old disgusting to think of insects in our food supplies. Rushing to put out poisons and using all kinds of sprays and powders, though, may not be the answer. As one DIY expert has said, panic can lead to “unsafe practices… Many pesticides, baits, and repellents are harmful to pets, children, adults, and the environment when touched, ingested, or mishandled. Use safe handling and application procedures whether using toxic substances or a natural pest control strategy.” In other words, don’t go into a panic and spread potentially hazardous materials on the kitchen or bathroom counters or anywhere you or others in the home may encounter them.
- Ignoring the cause – The bugs and pests that appear in your home did not just materialize inside. Those pests got in through any number of potential routes, and you must begin by finding the cause of that infestation. If it is ants, look for their primary point of entry (typically, that means you’ll have to seal areas like windows, doors, foundations and other gaps). Take the time to explore the entire property to determine how the mice, bugs and other pests are getting in, and then take steps to eliminate those entry points.
- Housekeeping – Did you know that your housekeeping habits might foil your DIY pest control? If you regularly leave debris on floors, dishes in the sink and trash in the house, you may be creating an irresistible magnet for those unwelcome pests. The yard, too, can be a calling card. If you have trash near the house, piles of firewood and standing water, it could be like a welcome sign for insects, and make any DIY pest control a bit of a wasted effort.
- You don’t use the right treatment – If you are going to tackle pest removal on your own, it means understanding the bait necessary to get their attention. Again, as that DIY expert said, “Take care to make sure you correctly identify the pest before you buy bait or traps. If you don’t know what pest you’re dealing with, you won’t know the best way to control the problem.”
You can avoid many of the most significant DIY issues by working with a company that specializes in such tasks. Do My Own helps property owners to find the right products and pest management resources to get the job done right the first time.