5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Try to Handle an Infestation on Your Own

boxelder bug controlPest control is something nearly everyone will need at some point in their lives, whether it’s for a mouse that has taken up residence in their garage or a larger problem like bed bugs in your hospitality business. When that time comes, almost everyone pauses to think “can’t I do this myself?” It’s possible that you could take care of your infestation on your own, but it’s much more likely that you’ll encounter one of the following complications.


One of the earliest ways that treating your own home infestation can go wrong is by misidentification of the type of pest you have. For example, did you know there are several types of rats? The type you have will play a big role in how the pest needs to be handled.

Insects can be notoriously difficult to pinpoint. Then there’s the matter of the source — even if you can correctly identify the pest, if you cannot figure out where they are coming from or what is attracting them, getting rid of the ones you have is only a temporary solution; you will just have more finding their way in, creating an ongoing problem for you.


Needless to say, if you have trouble correctly diagnosing your pest problem, you might not buy the correct supplies the first time around to take care of the problem. Buying chemicals, not to mention the safety supplies and things you need to apply the chemicals, can get pricey quick. The only way to be sure that your financial investment is going toward the proper infestation treatment is to hire a pest control professional.

Wasted Time

Similar to the wasted money mentioned above, your time is valuable! By the time you’ve inspected your home, gone to the store, pondered over the chemical and mechanical extermination options, purchased what you need, brought it home and applied it, you’ve spent a lot of time trying to exterminate your own pests. Add to that the fact that you may need to repeat this 2 or 3 times to get it right, and that’s just a big time investment. In comparison, the time it takes to call a pest control professional and consult with them in your home is next to nothing.

Safety Considerations

Whenever chemicals are being used, personal and environmental safety must be considered. Unfortunately, due to both time and financial constraints as well as simply not knowing what needs to be done, many people do not take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their homes. This can be especially dangerous in homes with children or pets. Pest control professionals, on the other hand, are well-trained to work safely.


When you take your pest control into your own hands, most people tend to focus mostly on getting rid of the immediate problem. This is understandable — there are pests in your home and you want them gone! However, half of a pest control professional’s job is helping you assess your home or business to figure out where the pests are coming from and stop that from happening. Prevention is the key to stopping repeats of this infestation in the future, making talking to a pest control company a worthwhile investment for anyone.

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