When it comes to pest control, it’s safe to say we’ve got you covered. Here at DoMyOwnPestControl.com, we want to make sure you have the confidence, knowledge, and products to be successful and happy with your pest control results.
That being said, we all make mistakes. But we don’t want DIY pest control to be one of those for you. Here are some common pest control mistakes that homeowners make, and ways to avoid them when you’re doing your own pest control projects.
1. Not doing sufficient research on the pest
Whether it’s incorrectly identifying a pest or using the wrong product for the wrong pest, not doing research before you begin your pest control steps can really throw your pest control efforts into failure.
It sounds basic and obvious, but correctly identifying the pest you want to control and learning where it lives, what it eats, and other habits, can better help you to control the pest. Reading through our information on each pest is a good place to start, as well as calling or chatting with our pest control experts who can help lead you started.
2. Treating only the symptoms of your pest problems, and not the cause
Setting mousetraps and not considering where the mice are gaining access or baiting for ants without cleaning up your kitchen is going to keep you in a pest control loop. It might get better for a while, but if you let little spills and crumbs build up or cracks and crevices unfilled, more ants, mice, and other pests will find a way in.
Prevention and non-chemical control steps are crucial in any pest control application. Relying solely on a product might end up costing you more money in the end, since the cause of the infestation remains unchecked, causing you to buy more product than necessary.
3. Using untested methods and remedies
These are often called “folk” remedies. For example to keep deer from eating your plants, you might have heard to hang mesh bags of human hair in trees. Or perhaps you’ve heard of putting razor blades in mole holes to kill damage-causing moles. These may have anecdotal success, but often these are not shown to be widely successful methods of control.
When you purchase a pesticide or other pest control product, it has been tested and formulated to control precisely, with no recipes or guesswork. If you are worried about using natural pest control and are uncomfortable with the idea of an insecticide or pesticide, there are so many different types of all natural, organic, and non-chemical methods of pest control on the market today that can give you consistent results.
4. Using products incorrectly/not following instructions
Now, when it comes to using products incorrectly, this doesn’t just mean pest control products. Using anything that is not registered as a pest control product should not be used in that capacity. For example, mothballs are often touted as the perfect item to use in gardens to ward of rabbits, snakes, and a host of other garden pests, as well as rodent control in the home.
Labels on pest control products are not only just the instructions, but they’re also the law. Not following these instructions fully can result in you getting a fine or misusing the product in a dangerous way.
For both of these issues, it’s very important to follow label instructions fully. Using any product “off label” can cause a host of issues, including contaminating soil and groundwater, and harm animals and children. It isn’t just about getting rid of pests, but also keeping you, your family, and your environment safe.
5. Being afraid to ask questions
Never be afraid to get an expert opinion. Even if you are doing the pest control yourself, many pest control companies will come out to do an evaluation, which can be helpful when you’re a little unsure of yourself. But most importantly, we have experts on staff that are knowledgeable in all of our products and a plethora of pests. There’s no reason to hesitate when you can get expert advice for free, any time.