Thursday, 23 November 2017

DIY Pest Control – The Cure Is Worse Than the Problem

There is no part of the world that is free from pests. Wherever you go, there are bound to be flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches or something else to create problems for you. Among pests, termites are perhaps the worst, because of the property damage and health risks they cause. Some pests you may be able to deal with yourself – sprays can get rid of a few bugs and a trap or poison will kill off a rodent or two. Anything more than that and DIY techniques are usually not just ineffective, they can also be dangerous. One area where a lot of homeowners come to grief is in DIY termite control. The average homeowner is not trained in the use of the chemicals and equipment needed for effective termite control. That is why the job is often improperly done and the results could be worse than the actual infestation itself.  This is not an exaggeration. Here’s why:


Effectiveness

Most DIY termite control chemicals make tall claims about how effective they are. While the quality varies greatly, they are never as effective as the type of materials that professionals are trained and licensed to use. There is a reason for this – the most effective chemicals could be hazardous to health if not handled and used in the right way. Besides the risk to human health, improper application, either too much or too little of the materials, could result in the termites not being completely controlled. The danger with an incomplete job is that the homeowner may think the problem is solved, while it is actually just hidden from view. He will relax thinking he has nothing to worry about while the termites continue to destroy his home. Another factor is that there are different types of termites and each one needs to be dealt with is a specific way. Professionals know how to identify the various types and what to use to get rid of them. Homeowners do not have this knowledge. There is no one-size-fits-all in termite control. It is because of their special skills that the best termite control companies offer guarantees on their work so the homeowner can really relax knowing he has nothing to worry about.

Safety

Strong chemical agents used for effective termite control could cause serious health problems for those who inhabit the house, if not used correctly. The long-term consequences can be serious. Professionals know what is safe for your family and what is not and will be able to ensure that everyone in the home has their health protected. In fact, in some cases, existing health and other issues will make the use of chemicals unsafe. In such cases, professionals will be able to use non-fumigation termite control techniques to get rid of the pests.

The Environment

In the early days, termite control meant simply spraying poisons wherever termites were thought to be nesting. The environmental consequences of this were huge and over time effective but environmentally safe products were developed to get rid of the pests without hurting the environment. Modern products are closely regulated to ensure that they meet the required norms. Amateur use of these products could result in chemicals being mixed and used in a manner that will hurt the environment. Besides the potential danger to plants and wildlife, do you want your family to live in an environment trap?

Using a professional termite control service means that your home is safe, your family’s health is not at risk, and that you are protecting the environment and finally that you have spent your money wisely.