4 Reasons Why Most DIY Pest Control Fails

Posted on May 1, 2020

4 Reasons Why Most DIY Pest Control Fails

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There’s nothing wrong with using a bit of bug spray to get rid of a few pests. But, when the problem is ongoing or develops into a major infestation, then you may need to call the experts for a more effective, long term solution.

Before you pick up the phone, here’s why DIY pest control often fails before it even starts.

1. You only treat the symptom, not the problem

Most DIY treatments are only designed to kill pests that make contact with the product. For example, when you use bug spray to kill a few spiders or cockroaches. Sure, you took a few out, but those pests had to come from somewhere. So until you reveal the source of the problem, the pests will continue to breed and forage the building in search of food and shelter to survive.

2. Increased health and safety hazard

Most commercial insecticides have active ingredients that are poisonous to humans and pets. The term ‘active ingredient’ is the element in the insecticide that gives it its repelling or killing power. How an active ingredient is triggered depends on the nature of the product and the target pest.

There are many ways failed DIY pest control can harm humans and pets. These include inhalation, swallowing, contact with skin, and mishandling. This is why it’s crucial you closely follow the instructions when using commercial insecticides. Alternatively, leave the treatment process up to the experts, who’ll do it safely and effectively.

3. Failure to understand pest behaviour and habits

Each pest has their own unique lifecycle, habits, and behaviour patterns. Some pests like termites have their own different sub-species. For example, subterranean termites build mud tubes out of soil and wood so they can safely travel between a food source and the nest. Meanwhile, drywood termites simply travel across the ground in search of the nearest source of wood.

What does this mean for you? Simply put, if you don’t know what you’re up against, then treatment becomes a guessing game. Which in turn gives the pests more time to spread out through your building, cause more damage, and delay treatment further. Thus, costing you more money and heartache in the long run.

4. Loss of time and money

Most people who choose DIY pest control (and fail) do so to save money and a bit of time. In reality, though, you could end up losing more time and money than if you hired a licensed pest expert in the first place.

There are a few reasons why this occurs. For starters, if one form of treatment fails, then you have to spend more treatment to either top-up or try a different product. Secondly, you not only need to set up the treatment, but also monitor its progress on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. Therefore, if the treatment fails, then all that time has gone to waste and you’re back to square one.

Don’t put your home or business at risk with a failed DIY pest control plan that has no guarantee of success.

Aside from being fully licensed and experienced in all forms of pest control, at All Bugs we offer total peace of mind with a service guarantee. Contact us today for FREE advice and a quote for your treatment plan.

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