Do I Need Professional Pest Control Service?
Many people, including me, like to give do-it-yourself projects a try. Some of us may enjoy a new challenge and the satisfaction that comes from nailing it, while others of us may be looking to save money by tackling it ourselves. I don’t mind taking on a few simple tasks such as paint touch ups or fixing a loose towel bar around my home, but there are other things I’m not willing to tackle. I draw the line at plumbing, electrical lines, and anything that requires me to climb a ladder.
Most people would agree that you don’t always need to call an exterminator. GASP. Yes, I really just said that. Honestly, we all know that most homeowners can take care of a single ant, bee, or ladybug they find in their home occasionally. However, if the problem becomes persistent and prolonged, most DIY methods of treatment can actually either make the problem worse or create brand new problems. Let’s look at a few examples we’ve encountered pretty recently at a few homes in Charlotte.
Rodent Control Gone Wrong
One homeowner in Charlotte chose to control rodents in his home by going the DIY route. In short, continuous rodent baiting inside the home actually led to much larger problems. Rodent baiting should always be considered a temporary or short-term fix, rather than the whole solution. The homeowner never actually excluded (or sealed up) openings to keep mice from entering the home, and the continuous baiting became a bandage for a much larger problem. Rodent exclusion requires a trained eye and a skilled hand, which is a professional pest control service our staff Wildlife Agent will gladly assess with you.
The rodents entering the home were now feasting on and stockpiling dog food in various places throughout the home including storage cases in closets and underneath built-in cabinets. Despite common DIY myths about rodent bait, the bait does not actually dehydrate them and make the mice leave to seek water elsewhere. Rodents now began to die in various places throughout the home. You can read more about rodent control myths here.
The hidden dog food and decaying rodents now set the stage to create the perfect combination for secondary pests. Enter stage right: Carpet Beetles. Carpet Beetle larvae now had plenty to feed on: The hidden dog food and decaying rodent hair in wall voids. Maybe this should come with a “Do not read while eating lunch” warning at the top. Visuals aside, the carpet beetle larvae then developed a more mature palate. A taste that required the finer things in life: see expensive wool sweaters.
L: Hole placed in cabinet to gain access for treatment. R: Carpet Beetle larvae under cabinet
DIY Wildlife Solutions
Piggybacking off the previous example, we also don’t recommend trying DIY on major home repairs and closures. Our Wildlife Agent was called to a home in Charlotte for an inspection last year. The homeowner could not figure out why he still had squirrels in his attic since he had a friend take care of closing the gaps.
Major repairs, specifically when it comes to insect and animal exclusion, should be left to the professionals who specialize in those things. Not only does Wildlife exclusion take the physical building skills required, but it also requires a profound knowledge of breeding habits, life cycle duration, and specific character instincts and preferences to be successful. You haven’t seen fury and determination quite like a mama squirrel who has been sealed out of an attic while her babies have been left inside.
DIY Rodent and Pest Treatments
We all know there are DIY websites for just about every trade known to man. If you look hard enough, you can find it. Most anyone can walk into a home improvement store and purchase a product for a do-it-yourself home remedy. Sometimes, though, the secret isn’t just in the product you have in your hand. It comes back to that little knowledge thing we addressed above. If you have the product, but you don’t know exactly how it needs to be measured, used, or applied, we strongly recommend avoiding the temptation to DIY it.
The picture above is rodent bait. Rodent bait not being secured in a tamper-resistant station. Rodent bait not strategically placed for optimal results. Rodent bait sprinkled on the basement floor. Rodent bait where his small child or dog could easily ingest it. We don’t take pesticide application lightly, and neither does the state of North Carolina. There is a reason states have their own Agriculture Departments, Pesticide Divisions, and have rigorous licensing exams complete with FBI background checks in place. (Did you know the application just to take the NC licensing exam is over 9 pages plus the FBI background check?!) They don’t want just anyone handling pesticides and rodenticides. And for good reason.
So Do I Really Need Professional Pest Control?
DIYing household projects can be great. They can be fun. They can save money. They can be a source of pride. If you’re having a pest problem that may require extensive or ongoing treatment, we don’t recommend trying to do it yourself. As a busy homeowner, we don’t always have the time it takes to devote to controlling pest problems the right way. When choosing a pest control company, look for long-term solutions. Don’t look for short-term bandages and hope the problem just goes away. Don’t be afraid to ask what we can do to prevent or minimize problems from arising in the future.
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