When it comes to do-it-yourself pest control there is a fine line between safe, preventative measures and seemingly “natural” treatments that could put your family, pets, and community at serious risk.
Here are a few home remedies you won’t want to try any time soon.
A toxic risk
A simple search of the internet will give you plenty of ideas for DIY chemical concoctions that supposedly ward off pests. And anything you can’t make at home, you can buy.
So does that make it a good idea?
The answer is a resounding “no.”
Dangerous chemicals and insecticides can pose a risk to children, your community (by way of run-off into local water sources), and animals – not to mention the homeowner. Even some household chemicals can cause problems when they are mixed.
Rather than do it yourself, you will want to invest in local pest control services that are not only dedicated to helping you protect your home from a wide variety of insect and animal visitors, but they will do it in a safe, environmentally friendly way. Bain offers GreenPro certified services all across New England.
When Wild Animals Bite Back
If you suspect you are dealing with raccoons, squirrels, mice or rats, or any other kind of animal invaders, its best to contact a professional before attempting to trap or remove them.
In general, wildlife should not be approached. Wild animals could be rabid or have babies that they are protecting. Similarly, if threatened, bees and wasps can swarm and cause fatal injuries.
They also might have made their home in a location that could put you at risk – for example on a roof or under your porch.
While just about any professional can help get rid of your unwanted visitors, not all local pest control services will do it in a way that preserves the life of the animal. Bain, however, makes a point to practice humane wildlife control using traps and safe removal techniques for large animals.
Don’t get burned
Using fire as a pest control method is dangerous, period.
Just this year, a man decided to use a blowtorch to attempt to kill spiders and get rid of spiderwebs underneath his mobile home. The result? A blaze that required the help of 23 firefighters, and an unrecognizable structure burnt nearly to the ground.
While that might sound a bit extreme, using fire to deal with unwanted pests is, sadly, not a rare event. Take it from us and don’t try this one at home.
The True Cost of DIY
While many do-it-yourself methods seem relatively inexpensive in the beginning, they can end up costing you in the long run.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation, for example, you should contact your local pest control services as soon as possible. Attempting to control your termites with home remedies might have the opposite effect, causing the termite population to increase and putting your structure in serious danger.
Many traps have a similar effect, actually causing the remaining pests to invade other, new parts of the home, aggravating the problem and driving up costs.
Better Safe than Sorry
For the safety of you, your family, and your community, don’t be afraid to call on local pest control services to help eradicate your pest problem.
Contact us today to learn more about why Bain has been New England’s choice for pest control for the past 90 years.