DIY Pest Control: What are the risks?

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It may seem like DIY pest control is a good way to save money, time, and unnecessary hassle: You don’t have to contact, pay or wait around for a professional exterminator. You can simply purchase some pesticide products at your local hardware store and you are ready to start your DIY adventure. However, DIY pest control carries significant downsides. If you’re considering this approach, you need to make sure you understand the downsides involved so you can take measures to minimize the risk to yourself, your family, and your home. 

DIY Pest Control Risks

Do-it-yourself pest control carries many risks, from overusing pesticides to killing beneficial insects and wasting money on pest control products that don’t work. There are also risks from pesticides if you misuse them. Misuse of pesticides is the most common cause of illness and injury from pest control. You could also be injured by pests themselves, like getting bitten or stung while applying the product. There’s also a risk of electrical shock if electrical equipment, such as a bug zapper, is installed and used improperly. Pesticides need to be treated with caution and it is important to always follow the guidelines on labels, as well as, read all of the instructions, to minimize the risk of injury.

Pesticide Exposure

Exposure to pesticides can have a range of adverse health effects, even when used correctly. Improper use of pesticides may lead to chemicals leaking into water supplies, vegetable gardens, and possibly the air inside your home. Many DIY pest control chemicals have the potential to contaminate the ground and air around your home if not used properly. It’s important to read the instructions carefully and use the right amount of pesticide as directed. 

For example, pesticides should be kept away from food and water supplies to avoid contaminating or poisoning people. When applying exterior treatments, often people forget that fish, frogs, and other animals may be living in or around their backyard ponds. If the product is applied too close to a water source, it can be harmful to all species that are using it. Another example, of misapplication that’s common with DIY pest control, is when homeowners forget to look for open windows while applying products on the exterior of the home, sometimes exposing those on the interior without knowing.  Pesticides should also be stored in a place that’s out of reach of children and pets so they don’t come into contact with them. If spraying pesticides inside a home, it’s crucial to ensure there is adequate ventilation to allow the chemicals to dissipate. 

Health and Safety Issues

There are several health and safety issues to be aware of when undertaking do-it-yourself pest control. For example, you should always wear protective clothing and gloves when handling pesticides and other chemicals. Pregnant women and young children should avoid entering areas where pesticides have been used. You should also wear protective equipment like a mask and eye goggles when you are working in areas where there might be pests or rodents. This will reduce the risk of getting bitten or stung. You should also clean up any mess that pests leave behind so they don’t attract more pests. Some pest droppings can contain harmful bacteria or roundworms that can make a human ill or cause death. Proper sanitation of areas should be done carefully and after sufficient research, if you’re unsure of the possible risks involved.   

Negligence

There are situations where you can be held negligent or liable for your pest control practices. If you spray pesticide in a stuffy room or trap pests in a building without proper safety precautions, you could cause significant harm to other people creating civil and possibly even criminal liability. This is doubly true if you’re trying to eradicate a species of pest that’s protected by law.

Some products require you to vacate the area after application and you need to ensure that nobody would come in contact with that product for the proper amount of time. 

Conclusion

While DIY pest control could save you money and time, it also comes with considerable risk. If you’re not careful, you could make things worse by harming yourself or others with pesticides or getting bitten or stung by the pests you’re trying to eliminate. Professional pest control specialists know how to find the pests that are invading, where they are coming from, how they got in, and how to stop them. Plus, they are trained to find the reasons why the pests are there and offer methods of preventing further infestations. 

Pests need three things, food, water, and shelter. Your pest control professional will help to show you how your home is providing these to the pests and then how to stop it. With the integrated pest management approach, your professional pest technician will also be looking for ways to improve your landscaping and other factors around the home that will lead to less pest activity over time. When factoring all of this in, hiring a professional exterminator is not that expensive, not that much of a hassle, and likely to be more effective than a DIY approach.

Professional Pest Control

For nearly 15 years, Pest Defense Solutions has been providing safe, effective, and affordable pest control services in the Albuquerque NM area. Contact us today for a free quote!  

What to Ask When Choosing a Pest Control Company

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No one has time to waste once they’ve discovered a pest infestation in their home. You need to act quickly, and you want to know that the pest control company you choose is knowledgeable and reliable.

So who do you turn to? There could be a dozen pest control companies in your area that claim to be the best, but before you decide on one, you should feel confident that they will get the job done quickly and thoroughly. We’ve laid out some questions that you can ask to feel secure in your choice of exterminator:

Where can I read your reviews?

Transparency is an important quality to look for when hiring a provider for any service. In the bottom right corner of the Pest Defense Solutions website, you’ll see that we display an overview of our ratings and a link to read our reviews.

We are proud to show a 4.4 out of 5 star rating that accounts for over 250 reviews! If you are able to quickly find a company’s results and are seeing lots of positive feedback, you can trust that they will provide you with quality service.

How do you assess a customer’s situation?

Every pest outbreak has a different origin and needs a unique plan for its resolution. Talk to an exterminator that you’re considering about what their pest control process looks like. At Pest Defense Solutions, we take a comprehensive approach that has seen much success over our 15 years of business:

  • We start off with an inspection session. One of our experts will come out to the site and take a look at the pest outbreak to discover how it started and how bad it has become.
  • They then draft a plan to remove the pests and shut off the source of the outbreak.
  • A return date is scheduled, and if we don’t fix the problem on the first day, we send our technicians back until the job is completed and your house is protected from repeat offenders.

How safe are your pest control methods?

Some popular pesticides contain harmful ingredients that can unintentionally poison nearby plants and animals. Ask an exterminator that you are considering if they’re using entirely EPA-approved products and keeping up with the newest environmentally-friendly strategies.

At Pest Defense Solutions, we always stay updated on the latest advancements in eco-conscious pest control to continue our quality service with an eye on our impact on the environment.

Is your company licensed and insured?

A trustworthy pest control company will continually train their employees and have their business accredited and insured properly. You should choose a company that has liability insurance in case your home is damaged during the extermination process.

Can you prevent future pest problems?

A good exterminator will remove pests from your home and make sure they don’t return. When a pest control company takes the time to pest-proof your home after getting rid of the pests, it means that they see you as more than just a customer. Our policy at Pest Defense Solutions is to send technicians back to the site until we believe that your home is no longer susceptible to similar infestations.

If you’re experiencing an outbreak right now, reach out to your local pest control experts at Pest Defense Solutions. We are trained to tackle the unique pest problems that Albuquerque homeowners face with care and efficiency. Contact us today for a free quote!