Louisiana Pest Control

Serving metro
New Orleans and
the NorthShore
since 1969

Problems with DIY Pest Control

As easy as DIY sounds, we see many problems with DIY pest control including safety concerns and failing to properly identify the pest. Read more about this problem.

Let’s all admit it, “do it yourself” sounds like something American’s should be able to do and do well.

Thankfully, many people realize the limits of “DIY”.  After all, we don’t see many people drilling their own cavities.  But when it comes to protecting your home from the diseases and potential damage from common household pests like roaches or termites, is DIY still a good idea?


Exercise DIY with Caution

At Dial One Franklynn Pest Control, we never resort to scare tactics when it comes to discussing this topic of DIY, but the reality is that pest control typically involves the application of controlled chemicals which can potentially be harmful if not used properly.

Even in cases where harm or danger is not an issue, if these DIY products are not used properly, damage from pests such as termites can potentially cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Safety First

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that at least 10,000 young children are accidentally exposed to rat baits every year in the United States. Click here to read the study  for yourself.

Many times, the process of safeguarding the home against insects is overdone by homeowners hoping to “do well” at eradicating harmful or annoying pests. They do this by applying too many pesticides in and around their home. It is important anytime anyone deals directly with chemicals that they ensure they’re handling them properly and keeping everyone safe that comes in contact.

More Is Not Better

Homeowners often tend to overreact to the pest problems they have in their homes. However, this can be extremely harmful, especially when pesticides are mishandled. Unfortunately, in DIY solutions, homeowners tend to believe that using more of the product is better. The reality is obviously much more dangerous than that.

Every product used for pest control will come with its own label. The label will state exactly how that product can be used safely and effectively. Simply doubling or tripling the amount of product used, or combining the chemicals with other products can create a serious problem that is difficult to remedy. Because of that, it is important to consult with professionals that have a better understanding of how to use the chemicals properly and safely to ensure eradication of the pests without harming humans and pets.

Do-it-yourself baiting systems that are placed around the exterior of the home, or even in the kitchen and bathroom areas are easily accessible to young children and pets. The ingestion of any type of pest-control bait can cause serious sickness or worse. Because of that, it is imperative to always consider the proper methods of using the harmful chemicals whenever attempting to control termites, carpenter ants and other pesky insects in and around the home.

Pest Control is More than Just Spraying Chemicals

We believe that the best form of pest-control is knowledge, and it is always important to seek out professional assistance from certified technicians like those at Dial One. Our job is to ensure that family members and pets will remain safe in the environment while the insects are not only being eliminated from the home, but prevented from coming back in at a later date.

The Importance of Proper Identification

Time and time again, we see that the number one shortfall with DIY pest control is a misidentification of the species.  The bottom line is that a roach is not just a roach, and different control methods are needed based on what species of pest you are dealing with.

Oftentimes it takes the trained eye of a board certified entomologist to properly identify an insect or pest and prescribe the proper treatment method, so it’s no wonder the average homeowner would have a difficult time purchasing the right product to treat a particular problem.

Comprehensive Control Solutions

A professional will have a thorough understanding of the appropriate control methods used to control the insect population. In addition to applying the proper chemicals to treat the problem, we will identify the source of the problem and stop the pests at entry points where they traditionally make their way in and out of the home.

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