Every homeowner hates this word: Pests. They are a pain to have and even more of a pain to get rid of! Most people try solving their pest problems on their own. However, when is it too much for you to handle? Should you call the pros?
DIY Pest Control
DIY pest control has been gaining popularity lately. This is because it is the least expensive option and is relatively hassle-free. There is no need to make appointments with pest control companies and wait for them to arrive. Others do it themselves to enjoy the benefits of a natural remedy in eradicating pests. Some families with young children may not want professional pest control companies to come into their homes and spray harmful chemicals all over the floors and walls. This is dangerous as their toddlers who crawl on the floor may inadvertently lick and swallow the chemical.
Most household pests can be easily eliminated and this includes ants. For example, you can try using a borax and sugar mixture if you have an ant infestation problem. This mixture is particularly effective for killing ants. Simply mix equal parts of borax and sugar and sprinkle the mixture around the perimeter of your home and also problematic areas inside your house. The ants which are attracted to the sugar will come and eat the mixture. They will then eventually be killed by the borax.
You can also use borax to combat cockroaches. All you have to do is sprinkle borax in dark corners of your house focusing on cupboard and cabinets. You will soon see many dead cockroaches lying around as they are poisoned by the borax.
If fleas are your problem, we would recommend vacuuming the entire house. Do an extra round of vacuuming on rugs and carpets before spraying flea poison. Remember to dispose the vacuum dust bag immediately once you are done. Otherwise those pesky fleas may crawl out and infest your home all over again.
Mosquitoes are also a common problem in many households. They are especially problematic in summer when the weather is warm and they come out to breed. Mosquitoes breed in still water. Therefore, all you have to do to get rid of mosquitoes is to get rid of still water collected around your house. Scrub the dish at the bottom of potted plants as this is where water always collects. Eliminate empty cans or bottles around your house that can collect water as well. If you have a birdbath, remember to change the water every other day.
You can easily purchase DIY pest control kits from your local hardware store. They are inexpensive and usually cost less than $30 for a full insect-elimination kit. DIY kits are usually cheaper than professional pest control charges. This is because you are merely paying for the material as opposed to the service of a professional. Whether or not you succeed in getting rid of the pests in your home depends on the quality of the product bought and whether you used it properly.
Professional Pest Control
When it all becomes too much to handle, we would suggest you call the professionals. Pest control professionals are trained to eliminate pests and they know exactly where to look for them. They will spot problems that we may miss as we do not have a trained eye.
The downside is that they are expensive. Although the price varies widely, you should be prepared to fork out at least a few hundred dollars. The high cost is due to the fact that you are paying for their expertise. The major advantage of calling the professionals is that they will get the job done. Most pest control companies offer a 6 month warranty period where they will come back and treat infestations if any arise within 6 months of treatment. This alone may be worth the cost as you can sleep soundly at night knowing that pest problems are a thing of the past.