Many homeowners have asked themselves this question – “Should I do my own pest control or should I call a pest professional?” While no one can answer that question for you, here are a few things to consider when making your decision:
1. SUPERIOR PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO PROFESSIONALS:
Many professional insecticides and rodenticides are not available over the counter and require a license to purchase. The products that are available for consumer purchase often do not have the same active ingredients which in some cases causes them to be less effective.
For example, Raid has a product marketed to exterminate wasps and yellow jackets on contact but it takes several minutes to work and can give stinging insects the opportunity to attack during the process. Professional contact insecticides for wasps however provide immediate results.
Similarly, products such as Othro Home Defense are marketed as a DIY alternative to professional treatments but do not have the same residual properties as their professional counterparts. Often this requires the products to be applied more frequently to achieve results.
2. PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:
The State of Colorado requires that commercial applicators (professional pest control operators) either hold a license or obtain on the job & classroom training (pest control operator training requirements). This means that pest control professionals must have an understanding of the rules, regulations and best practices of the industry before they start mitigating pest issues. In addition to the initial training or licensing, pest control professionals must obtain continuing education credits to maintain their standing with the state.
Pest control professionals also have a lot experience obtained from their work in the field and can bring a wealth of knowledge to a pest situation. A homeowner might be facing the pest issue for the first time, but a pest control professional has likely encountered it hundreds of times. That past experience can bring swift resolution to the pest problem and circumvent many first-timer mistakes.
3. PROFESSIONAL TOOLS FOR PEST CONTROL:
Pest control professionals provide many services and invest in tools such as power sprayers, extension poles and dewebbers that help them do their job effectively. These tools allow pest control professionals to treat more thoroughly thereby providing optimal resolution to the pest issue. While homeowners may have access to the same equipment, it is typically cost prohibitive to purchase for use on a single property. Timing can also affect the decision… When there is an active wasp nest 25 ft up under your eave, you don’t want to wait weeks for the proper equipment to arrive. You need professional assistance right away.