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DIY Home Pest Control vs Pro Pest Control; My Advice

By Allyn Paul, filed under Home & Lawn Insects.

Spiders, ants, fleas, ticks, earwigs, ladybugs and the annoying, yet ever-present box elder bug can all be found in your yard and landscape. But what if they get inside your house?

Cooler weather will undoubtedly drive many bugs into your garage, basement or kitchen and you should take precautions now to prevent the onslaught.

DIY Pest Control vs Calling a Professional Pest Company

Professional Pest Control

Obviously, calling a professional pest control company to keep the spiders out of your home is the quickest and most efficient way to go.

  1. The pros have access to the right products for the job.
  2. The pros know exactly where to spray and how much to use.
  3. The pros offer guarantees and will return between regular visits if problems flare up.
  4. The pros know where bugs live and why.
  5. The cost is not as much as you might think.

Do it Yourself Pest Control

Trying to keep the bugs out all on your own will work if you hit all the spots at the right time.

  1. DIY pest control is not terribly difficult.
  2. DIY pest control is cheaper in the long run.
  3. DIY pest control works if you stay on a schedule.
  4. DIY pest control means you can schedule your treatments around your own timeframe. (ie: when you are on vacation)

Of course, we are talking about general insect and bug prevention here and not a cure for major infestations or termite issues. If you have a major bug problem or termite infestation, call a professional pest control company immediately as they know how to solve the problem before major damage occurs. Here is a Terminix Coupon below. Click here or the link to get a free estimate!

The reason I am bringing this issue up now is because I have been a little busy this summer and forgot to perform my regular insect treatments around the foundation of my house and in my basement. My wife reminded me it was time to get it done when she walked into a spider web in the basement.

Here is my DIY Pest Control Regimen

I use a general purpose insect spray from Spectracide, called “Bug Stop,” that I buy at Walmart. It comes in 1 gallon size and costs around $7. The product label says it lasts for up to 9 months, but when applied to the exterior areas of my house, it washes away and I reapply it about every 6 weeks or anytime it rains. I use this product because it is labeled for indoor and outdoor use and is nearly odorless.

Exterior Perimeter Pest Control

On my 6-week schedule, I spray around the entire foundation of my home, as well as around doors and windows. I am also mindful to apply it around any other openings to the outside wall such as where phone or electric service enters my house. I also spray in my garage around all the edges and in the rafters.

Interior DIY Pest Control

I don’t have pets, and my kids are older, so this is not a concern for me. I apply the same Spectracide product around all the edges where the floor and walls meet in the basement, as well as in between all the exposes joists.

I also spray in my kitchen behind the refrigerator and stove. In addition, I apply the liquid in the bedrooms once per year in the early spring.

The biggest drawback to doing my own pest control is that I really don’t know if I am using enough or too much, as well as I often forget to get it done on time. Afterall, I’m a lawn and landscape guy, not a bug man!

My Recommendation for Home Pest Control

I pretty much tell people that if you find spiders or webs in your lawn or landscape, then you’re gonna find them in your house too. I think it is definitely worth it to have a professional pest company give you an estimate just to see if it fits in your budget. You’ll find that they are very affordable get better results in most cases.

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    Ok Gerry, great opinions, but you do realize this is a DIY site right?

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