Pests – When to Self-Treat and When to Call a Professional

At some point in your lifetime of renting or owning a home, you will have to deal with some sort of pests. Some are easy to treat, and others are better handled by a professional. It’s incredibly important to understand how to safely treat AND prevent these pests.

If you are dealing with pests such as ants and flies, this can easily be handled by store-bought solutions such as ant traps, fly strips, etc. The best option, however, is prevention! Ensure that you are not leaving food out of the fridge to attract pests the best way to prevent the pesky critters from gathering around. Most bugs can carry around diseases, bacteria, and other undesirable things.

If you prefer natural treatments for these pests, there are plenty of options that you can try out. Many essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender, and citronella will not only treat the pests but also prevent more from coming along. This will solve your problem and give you peace of mind that you do not have to worry about the chemicals in the various sprays that you can buy at the store.

Now, when you are faced with dealing with more aggressive infestations of pests that create massive colonies, this is when it is best to call a professional. Types of pests such as termites, bedbugs, rodents, or bees require a trained individual’s expertise. It is important to catch these pests before they get out of hand or else, they can wreak severe damage to your home and pose a safety risk to your family.

A trained professional can pinpoint exactly what is causing the pests to be drawn in and show you how to prevent their access. If you want to do a preventative inspection, you can always have a pest control company come out once a year or so to do a walk-through of your home for certainty of prevention.

Any type of pest should be taken seriously, as you may not know how truly bad the infestation is. Typically, once you physically see the pest, this is a sign that the infestation is far worse than you thought.

The idea of your home being invaded by any of these pests can be overwhelming! When in doubt about if you can handle the pest, I recommend you reach out to a professional pest company in your area!