Thinking about doing your own pest control? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider employing a pest control expert, just in case things don’t go according to plan…
Some people go into the pest removal process assuming it’s simply a case of eradicating the problem by any means necessary.
Unfortunately, while this confident approach may seem like a winning strategy, it’s covered in fatal flaws, many of which will do more harm than good.
We’ll use rats as an example.
Removing a rats nest isn’t an easy task, especially if you’re unsure of the proper process. You first need to inspect the area where you believe the rats are residing to ensure they’re actually there. Once you’ve identified the nest, you’ll want to block it or generally exclude them – meaning they can’t get in or out of their nest.
Rats are usually easier to exclude than mice, mainly because they’re larger.
The next step is setting up traps and/or bait. Professional pest control experts know how to do this blindfolded. It’s all about speed, efficiency and effectiveness. If you’re thinking that baiting and trapping mice is simply a case of buying a cheap trap and some cheese – you’re gravely mistaken.
Inexperience can not only lead to costly expenses and improper pest removal but it can also put your health and safety at risk.
2. Safety Precautions
All pests pose a threat to your safety, regardless of how minor or harmless the pest may seem! Safety is a pest removal’s experience first point of action – if they are operating in unsafe circumstances, not only are they putting themselves at risk but also the customer’s property and health.
Safety is comprised of many components in the pest control business. It covers everything from wearing suitable clothing to ensuring the pesticides you use do not affect your children or any pets in the vicinity.
Safety is often the most overlooked aspect of DIY pest control because you’re keen to rid the pest problem immediately! A professional pest control expert will be properly equipped with the necessary safety tools to ensure pest eradication is swift, efficient and above all, safe.
If you are tackling pest removal on your own, be sure to follow our safety guide here
3. Product knowledge
Knowing what products and techniques to use is the difference between efficient pest removal and putting yourself and others at risk.
Products – if used inappropriately – can also do more harm than good. For example, some products, though correctly applied to somewhere where pests are residing (ants, for example) might be approached by children or pets. Certain pesticides can be fatal to cats and dogs, so it’s important to use pesticides safely, in a way that does not affect your pets and so that they cannot easily come into contact with them.
It’s also important to read the instructions and the contents within the pesticide to ensure that you aren’t allergic to it, or if it’s suitable for the job at hand.
4. Disease & Sickness
Tackling pest control on your own is a nasty job but it can become even nastier if your contract something because you weren’t prepared.
The vast majority of pests pose a threat to your health, whether or not the threat is a cause for concern depends on the type of pest you encounter.
Rats are the most obvious cause for concern, as they’re renowned for carrying disease and bacteria. Ensuring that you’re protected from contracting diseases and illnesses from rats should be your first priority.
Pest control experts are always prepared and trained to deal with possible diseases when dealing with pest infestations. If you are thinking about tackling a rat’s nest (for example) be sure that you’re not exposed to disease or bacteria.
Failing that, contact us here for more information.
5. Money and Time
While many people assume that tackling pest control on their own may save them time and money, most people are unaware at how much the whole process can cost if you’re not sure what you’re doing.
Pest control products – these can cost anywhere between £5 and £50 – depending on the extent of your pest infestation.
Damage extent – if you’re facing serious infestation where significant damage can be seen in your property, tackling it alone may make problems worse. Pest control experts will be able to identify the cause and come up with a safe, swift and efficient solution without having to try multiple different solutions which could cost more money.
Time – if you don’t know what you’re doing, chances are you’ll be circling the drainpipe trying to find out which solution is going to be the right one. Contacting a professional pest control service will not only half the time but it will also mean you don’t have to worry about doing anything. Pest control companies are professional trained and equipped with everything they need to carry-out efficient pest removal services.
Hopefully these 5 reasons have educated you in the reasons why DIY pest control can be a tricky business! If you are struggling with pests and you don’t feel up to the task of removing them efficiently yourself, why not give AMES a call today on 0800 197 1650?
Or, feel free to contact us through our Contact Page.