There’s almost nothing worse than a home invasion from pests—spiders, roaches, ants—no matter what kind of bug or critter you’re dealing with, it’s always a nuisance. Not to mention, some pests can actually be dangerous to your health and home.

So, when you’re dealing with an infestation, you want to get rid of them as quickly and efficiently as possible. But what’s the best way to do that? Should you go the do-it-yourself route or hire a professional pest control company? Here’s a rundown of the differences between each to help you make the best decision for your home.

The Differences Between DIY and Professional Pest Control

The biggest difference between DIY and professional pest control is, of course, the cost. Hiring a professional company like Patriot Pest will cost more than buying some traps or insecticide from the store.

But there are other pros and cons between the two methods that are important to consider. With DIY pest control, you have to be the one to actually do the work. That means setting the traps, spraying the insecticide, and so on. And if you have a busy schedule, that can be tough to fit in.

With professional pest control, someone else does all the work for you. All you have to do is make the call and someone will be there to take care of the problem—no effort required on your part.

Another difference is the experience level. Professional pest control companies have been dealing with pests for years and know exactly what to do to get rid of them quickly and efficiently. They also have access to stronger pesticides and traps that you won’t find at the store. So if you’re dealing with a particularly bad infestation, it’s probably best to leave it to the professionals.

Finally, when you’re doing DIY pest control, there’s always the risk of using too much pesticide or setting traps incorrectly. This can be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets. And if you accidentally set a trap in a place where children or pets can reach it, that’s a recipe for disaster. When you hire a professional company, you can be sure that the job will be done correctly and safely.

How to Decide When to Hire Professional Pest Control

So, when should you DIY and when should you call in the pros? Here are some general guidelines:

  • If your infestation is small and contained to one area, like a single room in your home, you can successfully get rid of the pests on your own. Just be sure to follow the directions on the home remedy or trap you’re using and take care to avoid contact with the pesticide yourself. If your infestation is large or spread throughout your home, it’s best to hire a professional company.
  • When you’re dealing with a dangerous pest, like termites, it’s always best to call in a professional. Termites can cause serious damage to your home if they’re not dealt with correctly, so it’s best to leave it to the experts.
  • If you’re struggling to get rid of a specific problem, like bedbugs, you may want to consider hiring a professional. Bedbugs are notoriously hard to kill and require a special treatment process. So if you’re not confident in your ability to get rid of them, you can call in the pest control.
  • Keep in mind that some DIY pest control solutions might have toxic chemicals, like insecticide. If you have young children or pets, you may want to consider a professional company that uses safe, non-toxic solutions.

Never Be Bugged by Critters Again with Patriot Pest

When it comes to pest control, there are advantages to both DIY and professional methods. It’s important to consider the size of your infestation, the type of pests you’re dealing with, and your skill set before making a decision. If you’re still not sure, you can always call a professional pest control company.

At Patriot Pest, we’re here to help you get rid of all bugs and animals that are invading your space. We’re always available to answer any questions you have and can provide a free estimate for our services. So if you’re ready to get rid of those pesky critters once and for all, contact us today!