DIY Pest Removal: Our Top Cautions and Concerns
Having a pest problem in your home can feel like a pretty big deal. Unwanted pests are a nuisance to your family, and can come with some pretty serious health concerns, not to mention the damage they can do to your home! Is a DIY approach to pest control wise?
It can be tempting to go the do it yourself route to get them out of your space, but that’s not always the best option. Not only can it be difficult to do on your own, it can be dangerous and could even end up costing you more than a professional service would!
Things to keep in mind when considering DIY pest removal:
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Rodents carry diseases
Rodents can carry a host of diseases, so their removal needs to be approached carefully and with the proper equipment. Their nesting areas are likely full of droppings, urine and saliva, which could all be carrying diseases that might be passed on to you if not handled properly.
The pests might attack
Any time you are dealing with wild animals, you run the risk of them reacting badly to your presence. In trying to remove them from your attic or basement they may scratch or bite you, potentially inflicting some pretty serious wounds! And since rodents could be carrying a disease the possibility of attack is a pretty serious concern with DIY pest removal.
It can be difficult to determine what species you are dealing with
One of the first steps in deciding how to remove a pest from your home is determining exactly what you are dealing with. This is important because different rodents and pests might require different removal methods.
It’s also possible you may not realize just how big the infestation has grown. Depending on what kind of pest you are dealing with, you may not have any luck with a DIY method once your pest problem has grown into a full-blown infestation.
If babies are present the job becomes more difficult
Once a pest has decided to turn a part of your home into a den to have babies, it becomes much more difficult to remove them. You’d have to figure out exactly where the nest is, figure out how to remove the babies without harming them (or yourself!), then take measures to prevent their re-entry.
It can be more expensive to do it yourself
The internet makes it look pretty easy to just buy or put together a few traps and suddenly be rid of your pest problems. DIY methods often SEEM easy… but in reality, there’s a good likelihood that you’ll end up needing to try a few different methods, which can mean you’ll be spending more money than if you had just hired a professional in the first place.
DIY pest removal isn’t as easy as it seems
When it comes down to it, doing pest removal yourself seems like a great idea to save money, but it usually ends up being anything but! When it comes to most pests in your home, it’s often so much easier to just contact a professional to get it done right, right from the beginning.