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Why Home Pest Inspections Should Be Left to Professionals

DIY Isn’t Always Best

termiteIt can be tempting to try and take on pest prevention yourself. “I’ll save money!” you think. “It’ll be more convenient!” Any home improvement store will sell you a bottle of insecticide and a pair of rubber gloves, but is that really enough to take care of your pest problem?

Depending on what kind of infestation you’re dealing with, you may be biting off more than you can chew. Termites, for example, are notoriously difficult to get rid of (even for professionals) and some pests such as bed bugs can be dormant for months before you ever realize you failed to eradicate them.

Here are a few reasons why home pest inspections should be left to professionals. Some things are better left off the honey-do list if you can help it, and pest control is one of them.

Professionals Know Which Signs to Look For

Professional exterminators have years of experience finding and identifying pest issues. You may not be able to recognize an underground ant colony or well-camouflaged wasps’ nest with your limited knowledge of pest control, and why risk it? Most people are surprised just how inexpensive and efficient a professional pest inspection really is, and many are surprised when the pros turn up bug problems they never even thought of. It’s always better safe than sorry.

beekeeperYou Don’t Have the Tools to Deal With Most Pests

Even something as simple as an ant infestation usually requires far more knowledge and equipment than you likely have on hand. Of course, an over-the-counter ant spray will likely eliminate any visible signs of bugs, but what about the thousands of ants that are probably nesting inside your walls? Pest professionals have the regulated equipment and long-lasting compounds needed to get rid of bugs after only one shot. And in cases of bugs like termites or rodents you could risk thousands of dollars in damage to your property by not taking care of the issue quickly.


Pest Control Can be Dangerous

Particularly in cases of stinging insects like bees and wasps, trying to eliminate bugs can actually be harmful to your health. Never assume you’re a safe distance away from nasty pests or that homemade “protective” gear will keep you safe. Even small insects like fleas or roaches can carry bacteria and unwanted diseases into your home. It’s always a good idea to bring in a pest professional who’s trained in safe, efficient elimination techniques when you’re worried about the health and safety of your family.

You May be Eligible for a Guarantee

There’s no guarantee when you do pest control yourself, and between all the chemicals, gear, and repeated applications you’re in for you probably won’t even save money! Most professional pest control companies offer specialized guarantees that will ensure you won’t be dealing with spiders, mice, or mosquitoes mere weeks after treatment’s completed. Pest control isn’t something you should have to think about week after week; bring in professionals from day one and forget you ever had bugs.


Still not sure if you should bring in professional exterminator? Consider the fact that using the wrong treatment can actually spread your infestation, not squelch it, and that can cost you time and money in the long run. Don’t waste another day wondering how to treat your pest problem yourself. Call a professional for a pest inspection and get back to life faster.