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DIY vs. Hiring a Pest Control Company: Which one is the Right Option?

Pest Control
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Pests can become a nightmare, if not taken care of on time. We’ve all experienced different pest problems at some point in time; either a bedbug attack, ants taking over our vicinity, mosquito bites and diseases or rats and mice crawling all over your house. Every one of us has been through one or many of these unnerving pest nightmares. Pest problems may not seem a big issue because once they start living in our vicinity, we become so used to their presence that we start ignoring them. This is where the problem starts growing and thus becoming difficult to control. USA is home to a huge number of pest issues. In an Infogroup national survey it was found that all around USA, Florida is the state with the nastiest bug problems. Cockroaches, ants, termites – are all happily living and breeding in most areas of Central Florida. In order to control pests it is always recommended that you prevent them from entering your vicinity and turning your place into theirs. However, there are pests like bedbugs and termites, whose presence is noticed only when they’ve done potential damage. Once pests have taken over it is better to think about ways to exterminate them then and there before they start reproducing and growing in numbers.

When it comes to pest controlling, people either adopt a do-it-yourself approach or hire a professional pest exterminator. However, choosing the right option all depends on the proximity of the problem.


A do-it-yourself approach is always useful when the pest infestation is in its initial stages i.e. you’ve just seen some pest droppings, a few bugs crawling around, or some chewed up food or bitten belongings. This means that you might have a possible pest problem at home.

When opting for a do-it-yourself approach, it’s better to go for non or less toxic methods, such as use of traps, or natural pest controlling techniques.Using traps and natural techniques like using salt, vinegar or soap to prevent pests from becoming a nuisance.

There are people who want to control pests through more effective methods. There are many pesticides available at your local hardware store or over the counter, which you can buy and use to debug your house or vicinity. It is however strongly suggested that you thoroughly read the application precautions on the label and only use the recommended amount of the required product. If faced by a bedbug or any other problem, do not spray directly on your mattress or places you regularly make contact with.

Similarly, you can use baits to control rodents and other such creepy crawlers. Baits are specifically to be dealt with care if you’re using some toxic killing methods like rat kill in them. It is very important to keep these baits at points where they are away from the reach of children or pets.

Hiring a Pest Control Company:

The best technique for pest management and control is to hire a professional pest exterminator. Professional pest control companies have all the required knowledge and expertise in the field of pest management. This method may be pricey and time consuming, but it is effective in the long run. When hiring a professional pest control you should do a little research and find the best pest control companies in your area. For example, if you’re looking for a pest control professional in Lake Mary or Sanford, you’ll find many but only the best should in these areas should be consulted.

A certified pest control professional will not only rid you from pest worries but will also provide you with an integrated pest management plan to keep pests at bay from coming back. Qualified companies saves you the worries of identifying possible pest entry points and provide you a pest free space to live and work in after the extermination. When they are hired they will give your vicinity a thorough inspection to know how to control pests in the best way.

After encountering a potential pest problem, the most recommended approach to fight and finish them is hiring a professional pest control company. The cost may look big, but it provides you with a solution as compared to a Do-it-yourself approach, which is more risky in terms of not having the necessary control knowledge and information. The do-it-yourself approach may work on a lesser extent but to fight a heavy infestation this method will only end up without any results.

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