Pest Control - When to DIY and when to call a Professional

Posted in Pest Control on Dec 15, 2016

If you've got a pest problem, you might be tempted to try one of the many DIY methods out there to tackle it yourself.

There are times where DIY pest control is a perfectly suitable option, but there are also times when it is quicker, safer, and more effective to get a professional pest control company involved. The difficulty is knowing which option to try and when.

Mice

If you have a mouse problem, a DIY appoach might work if there are only a few mice rather than a large infestation. Unfortunately it can be difficult to know if you have a large infestation or not, so when in doubt, call in some help.

If you opt for a DIY approach, consider which method will be most appropriate for you and your environment. Over the counter poisons can be dangerous to children and pets in the home, and may not be appropriate for an office or restaurant environment either. Other methods, like the many different types of traps available, can be effective but distressing, and leave you with either a live or dead mouse to dispose of appropriately.

Rats

When it comes to rats, we'd advise seeking professional help over attempting a DIY solution every time. Being much larger, rats are more challenging to catch or trap, and more upsetting to deal with.

Using over the counter poisons can be effective but there is a sigificant risk of a rat dying under the floor or in the walls and not being noticed until it starts to decompose and create a foul odour. With professional pest control, you can be assured that all rats will be accounted for and removed.

Spiders

Unless you are archanophobic, dealing with small numbers of spiders can be a simple DIY situation. If you choose to use over the counter products, make sure you're careful, and follow all recommended safety guidelines, including gloves and protective clothing where necessary.

If the infestation is significant, approaching a professional might be a better option, especially if there is likely to be a considerable cleaning operation to clear away the webs. JPS Environmental offer environmental cleaning services to manage the mess left behind by pests.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a serious health risk, carrying over 30 diseases and parasites, and their presence in the home or commercial kitchen is always a concern. Therefore we'd recommend bringing in professional services to remove the infestation and sanitise the area, for the protection of everyone.

Ants

If ants are nesting outside and simply coming in to find food, a DIY approach is often suitable. Ant killer gels and powders kill the ants that you see, and some of the ants in the nest, but they won't eradicate the entire colony. For most people, keeping the ants outside is plenty and DIY solutions will achieve that. If you have ants nesting inside your property, you may need professional help in order to ensure the queen, and therefore the colony, is eliminated.

Fleas and Bed Bugs

Fleas and bed bugs are both pests that can be extremely difficult to eradicate. Being so small, they can hide easily and are often able to escape notice. Professional pest controllers know where to look to find the last of them, making sure your infestation is resolved.

Bed bugs are also becoming increasingly resistant to some of the chemicals used to treat them, and over the counter remedies are now rarely strong enough to be effective. Professional-grade pest control is the only way to be sure.

Wasps and Bees

Wasps are aggressive and territorial, so tackling a nest should be handled by a professional due to the risks involved. If you do try to handle it yourself, only do so if the nest is smaller than an orange, late in the evening, and wearing complete protective gear. But a professional pest controller is always the best approach.

Honey bees are best handled by a beekeeper, who will relocate the swarm to a more appropriate location.

Prevention

If you have any kind of infestation, even if a DIY approach works initially, there is always a risk of recurrence. The best response is to implement pest proofing measures, which is something a professional can help with to ensure it works.

Mice, for example, can fit through gaps no larger than the end of a pencil, so finding and blocking off every possible entry point can be a challenge if you're not accustomed to searching out those nooks and crannies.

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