Learning a new skill that will save you money is something that most folks are interested in, and in many cases doing so makes sense! Small repairs around the home, regular automotive maintenance and repairs – learning these types of skills can save you money while not putting yourself or your family in danger. We’re here to explain to you why in most cases, pest control isn’t an activity for the DIYer to pick up. It takes specialized training and knowledge to know how to prevent, treat, and remove pests. There’s also an element of danger that trying to do your own pest control can pose to you, your family, and your property. There’s a reason licenses and training are required to be a Pest Control Technician in the state of Texas. At the end of the day, it’s about safety – and professional pest control is all about you and your family’s safety. Here are five of the main reasons to avoid the DIY pest control approach.

1. You don’t have the training necessary to safely apply pest control products.

When you hire a professional pest control company, you’re hiring someone who has been trained to do the job. This starts with coursework and apprenticeship, with lots of on the job training from professionals who have a great deal of experience working with pesticides and the pests they treat. Not only do they have experience with these chemicals, they have experience identifying pests and knowing what to use, as well as how much to use in various situations. In the state of Texas, there are multiple levels of pest control licenses and certifications with a structure that works to ensure safe operating and handling of the powerful chemicals these licenses give a professional access to. These are tools that the everyday DIYer doesn’t have access to. This leads to reason number two.

2. You don’t have access to the professional tools of the trade.

If you want to work on part of your house, you can go to the local hardware store or lumber yard and have access to the same materials a professional contractor does. This isn’t the case with pest control and for good reason. The pesticides and treatment options you see on your local store shelves are not as powerful or as efficient as the types pest control professionals are able to utilize. This is because when used incorrectly, these chemicals can do a great deal of damage. They can harm humans, wildlife, the environment – even your home. When you hire a professional, you know you’re hiring someone who not only has access to better tools but has the knowledge required to use them well. That knowledge takes us to reason three.

3. Pest control experts know their pests, know their habits, and know how to root out the source of your pest control problems.

You may be able to identify the pests you’re having problems with, but do you know their habits? Do you know their life cycles? Do you know the weather, spaces, and environment they typically thrive in? These are all aspects of pest control that a professional works with on a daily basis. This is the experience they draw on to quickly and efficiently take care of your pest control problems. They also know what to look for when it comes to monitoring the effectiveness of treatments. Without this knowledge, the chance of recurrence is much higher, and a short term problem can become a long term problem. You can easily end up doing more harm than good and wasting more time and money than you’d be saving by letting a professional handle the problem. Worse than losing time and money, you could end up hurting yourself or your loved ones. That leads us to reason number four.

4. Pests can be harmful and so can the methods used to eliminate them.

Here in Texas, we have no shortage of common pests, and many of them are more of an annoyance than anything else. Nobody likes having a garage full of crickets or dealing with a rogue varmint here and there. Where certain pests may mainly pose a frustration, there’s a longer list of pests that can be harmful to your and your family’s health and property. Many pests can carry diseases, and many of those disease carrying pests are attracted to the foods in your home, or worse – they’re attracted to you and your family. From roaches to bedbugs, these pests can take root and be highly difficult for the weekend warrior to exterminate. There’s also pests that can damage your home like rodents, termites, and carpenter ants. It can take highly specialized equipment and treatment to rid your home of these damaging pests, and the experts at 855Bugs have the training, experience, and equipment to do so in the quickest and safest manner

5. You’re likely to spend more time and money doing your own pest control.

855Bugs.com has designed quarterly treatment options like our “Don’t Bug Me Plan” that keep all your common pests at bay while keeping your costs low. One of the most important attributes of an efficient pest control protocol is consistency, and the experts at 855Bugs will keep your pest control on a tight schedule. You’ll also have the ear and brain of highly trained technicians who can help you go over what can be done in your home and on your property to help prevent pest problems. 855Bugs has a satisfaction guarantee and are available 24/7 if and when pest problems come up. You’re in the best of hands when you let them handle your pest control problems, and it allows you to spend more time doing the things that are most important to you – enjoying your family while knowing you’re keeping them safe.

We hope this article helps you see all the factors that go into an effective pest control strategy, and, why in most cases, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. As always, if you have any questions or are looking to take care of the bugs and pests on your property, please reach out to the folks at 855Bugs.com. We’ll be more than happy to help and can do so at your convenience. Let us know what we can do for you!