5 Dangers of DIY Pesticides

dead bugWhen pests show up in your home or business, you want them taken care of quickly, so it often seems easiest to run to the local hardware store or concoct your own pesticide to rid your property of the problem. There are problems with both of these approaches, which can often lead to more problems than the bugs themselves can cause. Below are five reasons to skip the DIY pesticides and leave the pest control to the professionals.

  1. Health Complications: Pesticides are, by their very nature, generally dangerous. Most pesticides involve chemicals that can be harmful to pets and people alike if touched or breathed in. Even if precautions are taken, accidents happen, and are more likely to happen if you haven’t been trained in how to handle these products. Professionals have training and specialized equipment that allow them to use these product safely in and around your home while minimizing any dangers.
  2. Environmental Concerns: This potential problem comes down to not only training, but what type of pesticides are being used. Most pesticides sold over the counter at big-box stores are harmful to the environment, especially if not used correctly. Many professional exterminators have ‘gone green’, using pesticides and methods that are more friendly to the environment.
  3. Long-Term Effects: This danger is two-fold: DIY pesticides might not cause immediate health issues, but many recipes for these found online include known toxins or carcinogens that can cause breathing problems, skin issues, and even cancer with prolonged exposure. It’s important to remember that ‘exposure’ isn’t just when you’re applying the pesticide; if you’re using it in your home, you’re going to be living around it for quite a while.
  4. False Peace of Mind: Everyone wants peace of mind, but what if it’s based on a lie? Sure, some DIY pesticides might take care of the immediate problem — you can watch the bugs die as you spray or sprinkle them with chemicals — but you haven’t taken care of the root of the issue. Without an expert in pests on your side that is well-versed in the reproduction and life cycles of each type of pest, you’re likely to see a recurrence, with some pests in as little as a few hours.

Wallet Woes: It might seem cheaper initially to use DIY pesticides, it can actually cost more in the long run. The initial supplies might only cost $10, but mixing the wrong things and breathing it in might result in a costly ER trip. Spraying the wrong chemicals on a painted surface might damage the finish, meaning you have to pay to repaint a room. And of course, DIY solutions are rarely long-term, so you will likely end up paying for a professional pest control company in the end anyway to get rid of the problem for good.

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