Do it Yourself

Until fairly recently many home pest control problems were either far too difficult or far too dangerous for home owners to deal with themselves. Many control procedures involved the use of highly toxic insecticides or required specialized application equipment.

However, nowadays the highly toxic, broad spectrum insecticides have been replaced by lower toxicity materials that also more specifically target particular pests. Traps and bait products are available that replace complicated and expensive spray applications. Also, you can now purchase many of these products and equipment online. The result is you can do a lot of your own pest control both safely and effectively with a little help.

The drawbacks to this approach, however, are many: treatments often do not last very long, and require a lot of reading and learning on your part to make sure you are treating safely and legally. Often times it is far more cheaper and easier to just contact a pest control company and let them handle the issue.

Before selecting a product or rushing into a decision on how to solve your pest problem, there are important things to consider:

  • Make sure the pest is properly identified. Your efforts won’t do any good if they are not tailored to your pest. For example, even different types of ants eat different foods and require different control measures.
  • If you use a pesticide, be sure to read and follow the product label. The majority of misapplications reported to NPIC are performed by homeowners or renters, not pest control operators.
  • Do not mix up your own “recipe” from other pesticides or household products. Products available in the store have been evaluated for risks to people, pets, and the environment.

For the Do-It-Yourself-er who enjoys home-improvement projects, integrated pest management (IPM) incorporates many common sense approaches such as removing food sources, sealing entry points, controlling moisture problems, and using pesticides, if necessary. Using an IPM approach can reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides. This is definitely something ABC can help you with, so if you are facing pest problems give us a call!

Outdoor Pest Control

When should I ask for help from a pest management professional?

Consider contacting a certified, professional applicator if:

  • The pest is difficult to identify, locate, access or requires special equipment
  • The application requires technical skill beyond your ability
  • You are unable to apply the product safely
  • Your efforts so far have not been successful
  • A Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) is required to control the pest. Only licensed applicators can buy or use RUPs.