Residents of Western Mass and Northern Connecticut are known to be self-sufficient and resourceful. So, it’s no surprise that many of us have little tricks to manage home and property invaders. Some tactics work better than others but how can you tell if they’re working. Let’s discuss the ways your DIY pest control might be coming up and short as well as the ways they could be better.
Solutions That Hurt More Than Help
Many homeowners use cleaning products that contain chemicals such as bleach. While this can be very effective at cleaning pest attractors like spills and food remnants, it can also cause pulmonary issues if applied without precaution. Certain chemical combinations of bleach can even be deadly. We use products that are tested and proven safe for human contact—a benefit of expertise.
Less Effective DIY Pest Control
Many of the best DIY pest control solutions are simple, tried-and-true, methods. One of the best examples of this is the classic “snap trap.” Yes—this is the small piece of wood with a spring-loaded bar that triggers from pressure. There are many off-the-shelf versions that have tried to improve on the function, such as spinning chambers. While these can be effective, they’re both more expensive and less reliable.
Making Matters Worse
Even with great care, there is still a possibility that your efforts may be making the situation worse. A notable example of this is bed bugs. When executing a treatment, you can accidentally let bed bugs hitch a ride on your clothing or in bags. This essentially spreads the infestation from the problem areas to a previously uncontaminated area.
When it comes to bed bugs, many of the over-the-counter products are either sub-par or totally ineffective. This can give a sense of comfort or success causing guards to be let down. That’s when mistakes happen.
How can I improve my DIY Pest Control tactics?
We might be a little biased, but we strongly recommend preventative treatment by a professional. That said, here are some tips that can have a beneficial impact when it comes to making pest control yourself.
- Seal any cracks in and around: windows, doors, siding, fascia, trim and baseboards, chimneys, and utility pipes.
- Repair or replace any broken window or door screens.
- Try using a vacuum cleaner to remove any live or dead insects.
- Use insecticide safely and as directed.
- Also, check out these DIY traps:
Want to upgrade from DIWhy? Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and the services to correct your infestation. Ask Graduate about our preventative annual plans to keep your home pest-free year-round!