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Pest Control: Should You Do It Yourself or Get Professional Help?

May 23, 2023

By Daniel Baldwin, BCE, CCFS, CP-FS

Homeowners who discover they have a pest problem often feel stressed and anxious to get the problem address immediately. Depending on the type of pest, remedies can be extensive, expensive, and exhausting. This leads many homeowners to turn to do-it-yourself options in hopes of saving money and hassle. But do DIY pest control solutions really work? Are pest control companies worth it? 

Is professional pest control worth it? 

In almost every case, the answer is a firm yes—professional pest control is worth it. While there is debate regarding pest control DIY vs. professional services, there’s no guarantee that a problem has been fully handled without a qualified professional assessing your home. Many DIY or store-brought pest control options may eliminate pests you can see but don’t address the underlying cause of the infestation or penetrate certain areas of your home well enough to remove the problem from its source. Pests like wood-boring beetles, rodents, termites, and cockroaches hide and nest deep in walls, structural wood, and nooks and crannies you don’t see daily.

Professional pest control companies have specialized equipment and extensive knowledge to remove the pest you’re dealing with using industry-leading tools and skills. Additionally, some pesticides may not be available to the general public, as they require specific training and experience to use correctly. Professionals will know how to apply helpful products without putting your family or pets at risk.

Professional pest control companies also can provide preventative measures to keep pest problems at bay long-term. Most DIY methods only tackle the here-and-now, but if you’re dealing with a significant pest problem, a plan helps to prevent a return or larger-scale problem in the future.

Professional pest control worker spraying the inside of a home

Do DIY pest control methods work? 

Do a quick search for DIY pest control methods, and you’ll find dozens of suggestions, solutions, and techniques. While some practical measures prevent, manage, or control pests around the home, most suggestions you’ll come across aren’t based on any scientific findings or clinical research.

Essential oils, electronic sound deterrents, cedarwood, herbs, and electronic zappers might offer a momentary respite for a pest problem. Still, there is little evidence that they work long-term or truly control pests. Many of these options simply cause pests to move to different areas or teach them how to make stealthier choices without actually leaving your property. DIY pesticides and herbicides can be dangerous, especially if you don’t have the knowledge or skill to safely create and administer these products. 

When considering DIY pest control, look for straightforward methods and preventative measures. Things like mosquito netting, removing debris or standing water, and cleaning with soap and water are great options for homeowners, and they don’t have potentially dangerous side effects.

Homeowner sprays a bug on their deck with a spray bottle of essential oils

How do I know if I need pest control services? 

If you are dealing with any of these situations, it’s a good idea to schedule a free estimate from professionals. Calling a professional pest control company if:

  • You have a prolonged household pest problem
  • you aren’t sure what type of pest you’re dealing with
  • you hear strange sounds in your walls
  • You see wood damage or several dead bugs
  • You have unexplained bites or scratches
  • You spot pest droppings
  • Your life is otherwise disrupted due to a pest problem

Call Hawx for professional pest control services 

If you’re looking for the undisputed leader in pest control solutions, contact Hawx Pest Control. With proven methods, qualified technicians, and the best products and services available, Hawx offers safe and affordable treatment for your current problems and preventative measures to address potential threats before they happen. Our teams ensure the highest quality results, leading to a more reliable outcome. Call us today for a free estimate to get your pest problem under control and restore peace in your home.

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