Most common household pests are technically an invasive species, which is probably why they are so good at attacking your home. Whether they are burrowing underground, hiding in the cracks of your floorboards, creeping around in your attic, or nestling in the crevices of your mattress, once pests have established themselves as uninvited guests, they are incredibly difficult to eliminate. Instinct dictates that we immediately take up arms and protect the threshold. Lots of convenience stores stock Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Treatments and DIY Termite Treatments that pander to those who are overwhelmed by the idea that they have lost control of their property.

Before you rush to the store to buy out the Flea Poison section, please take a minute to read about what to do when it’s time to call a professional.

Preventative Measures against Pests

Like any invasion, you have a higher likelihood of success if you are fully prepared. Pest control treatments and insulation are two ways that you can keep bugs and rodents out of your home.

Additionally, adopting the following habits will help you nip any possible infestation in the bud.

  • Food: Store your food in airtight containers and refrain from leaving any leftovers on your countertops.
  • Wood: Scrap wood and damp wood are prime feeding grounds for termites and beetles. Make sure you keep resting wood heaps far away from the siding of your house and raise all wood off the ground.
  • Vacuum: While it may be disconcerting to see a full-grown cockroach, they are not nearly as ominous as a baby cockroach. Why? A baby means they are breeding in your home. Vacuum regularly to reduce the possibility of eggs and larvae.
  • Regular Inspections: Inspect your floors and walls for any holes that could possibly be the doorways to pest bungalows. (If you don’t want to worry about this step, a pest control professional will be happy to inspect your home).

    Pest Identification is Harder than it Looks

    Part of the problem with DIY Pest Control is that it relies heavily on your ability to independently identify your pesky invader. Unfortunately, the treatments for pest extermination vary depending on the species, and many species look pretty similar.

    For example, Bat Bugs vs Bed Bugs is a common (and expensive) misidentification. The aptly named Bat Bug prefers to suck blood from bats and is unlikely to infest your home. However, the shape of their body and their coloring makes them an uncanny twin to the bed bug. Jumping the gun and buying bed bug treatments will only waste your own time and money.

    Protecting Your Family

    The most important thing is your family. Everything you do is to keep them safe. But when you mix chemicals to try and eradicate a pest problem, you introduce a whole new issue: Toxins.

    Bug bombs are an example of too good to be true DIY pest control treatments. They use harmful chemicals that target bugs but can also be harmful to humans and pets. If they are not applied properly, it could lead to serious health threats to you and your family.

    Science Magazine recently conducted a study assessing the amount of residue left behind after a bug bomb. They determined that the levels of residue in areas trafficked by humans spiked up 600 percent and some of that residue stuck around up to a month later. That’s a month’s worth of poisonous floors, countertops and furniture!

    The Cost to You and Your Family

    According to Science Magazine, homeowners in the United States spend over 2.5 billion dollars a year fighting household pests. A substantial chunk of that money goes towards treatments sold at retail stores. But do these treatments even work? Studies are skeptical.

    In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, Ohio State University entomologists determined that over the counter foggers, using pyrethroids as their active ingredient, are ineffective at killing bedbugs. After observing five different bedbug populations (collected from Columbus, OH households) that were treated with over the counter foggers, they determined that only one population was mortally affected by the chemicals. However, when covered with a thin layer of cloth (such as a sheet) even this population was virtually unaffected.

    In conclusion, foggers do not reach the cracks and crevices bedbugs use to hide and nest. Only a professional will be able to treat those hard to reach places and eliminate your bug problem once and for all.

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