You can save a ton of money when you do your own pest control, but you will need to take some precautions to protect yourself by identifying what kind of pest you are dealing with and learning how to properly use your pest control products.
Identify the Pests
You need to identify what pests you have first before you can treat them. You cannot solve your pest problem if you do not have any clue what is in your home. You will also need to do a lot of research to find information about your particular pest to find the best solutions available to you and what ‘do it yourself pest control’ measures you will need to follow. There many helpful and free guides and resources on the internet that will help you to identify your pest and what preventative steps you can take. You should also learn how to use the products and equipment you will need.
The second matter you should do involves learning about what options you have to use and ‘how much’ of it needs to be done to remove your pest problem. Suppose you only find a few ants in your kitchen, you wouldn’t have to dig up your foundation, or call an exterminator to professionally remove them. If you find out what type of pest is inside your home, you will need to investigate and check how much of your home is infested by these pests. Is the pest nesting in your home? Are they coming from outside? Will baited traps, granule, or liquid treatments of your perimeter be sufficient to prevent them from getting in? If you know these facts then it will help you decide which DIY methods will be the most helpful and efficient. Visit a DIY pest control website like this one to find the information about the specific pest you are dealing with.
Choosing an Option
The third matter to attend to involves choosing the best option available to you and do it, there are many different options available to you for removing pests in or near your home. This situation can vary but you can choose which option is best for you depending on your arrangements and your time.
The forth matter involves post evaluation (checking the results of your pest control measures) and preparing for any future nuisances or pests. If some of the methods you chose did not give the proper results that you wished for; (for example: the baited traps that you had set up did not attract ants) then you should try a liquid trap. Trying different brands when one doesn’t work could also help because some species have different tastes and manufacturers have different formulas. If your product does work then you can move on to dust or granule treatments for the perimeter of your home. This will help to stop insects from coming into your home. It is easier to prevent a problem than it is to fix one.
Here are some preventative measures you can take before you even buy a pesticide are:
- Eliminating food sources that insects might be attracted to
- Making sure cracks in the walls or windows are sealed
- Regularly vacuuming and cleaning the floors
- Reduce clutter as much as possible
About the Author
Reese Nettleson is a writer who is a regular attendee of the Texas A&M Pest Management Conference and Workshop and is passionate about helping others be able to do their own pest control.