"How Large is the Problem?"
When deciding whether to use do-it-yourself methods or a professional pest control company, it's important to know how large your pest problem is.
Have you seen one cockroach or many? Have you found mouse droppings in your home on one occasion or are you finding them every single day?
The issue to keep in mind is that pests generally remain unseen until the problem has become quite large. This is because most pests make homes in lawns, walls, ceilings, flooring and more. Many homeowners may not realize that they have a problem until it's too late and the only option is to call a pest control professional.
If you're unsure of the size of the problem, it's always best to try do-it-yourself methods first, but keep in mind that large infestations may be unresponsive to your efforts. If this is the case, you should contact a professional.
"How Much Will it Cost?"
Another important factor is the potential cost involved. While pest companies are able to adjust treatment based on any budget, they may require multiple visits to fully service the home.
You should really consider not only the initial cost of treatment options, but also the long-term costs associated with any damage pests may cause in the future. Long-term costs may include healthcare costs, home repairs, and damage to your other possessions.
Pests like termites can cause irreparable damages to homes, while ants leave cracks and crevices, but rarely any major damages. However, any type of pest is capable of causing destruction if left untreated.
Bottom line: if you feel like you have too much to lose, it's time to call a professional.
"How Long Will it Take?"
You should also consider how much time will be involved in the do-it-yourself approach. If you're able to quickly and easily use DIY methods for spot treating pest problems, then there's no reason to contact a professional; however, if you're finding yourself spending hours researching your pest problem, purchasing treatment options and treating areas of your lawn or home, then you may want to have a pest control expert get involved.
Due to their experience, equipment and education, most exterminators will be able to handle your pest problem in one visit, saving you time now and in the future.
Finding a Solution
No matter what decision you make, it's important to make it quickly. Pests can spread rapidly throughout your home or lawn, and once they've taken hold, you start to run out of options in exterminating them.
Ask yourself the above questions to get started on finding a DIY solution or contacting a local pest control company. Find one here at a city near you.