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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Pest Control

DIY Pest Control

If you consider yourself a skilled DIYer or you simply like to save money, it can be tempting to try your own hand at pest control. However, this is one area that is best left up to the experts. Not convinced? Keep reading to learn 5 reasons why you shouldn’t do your own pest control.

1. Misidentifying the Pest

Think you know what an ant looks like and how to get rid of it? Not so fast. In North Carolina alone, there are 113 different ant species. Some of them look remarkably the same, especially to an untrained eye. However, species will vary in how they behave, where they nest, the types of nests they build, and much more. If you misidentify a pest, you may not only waste time and money on pest control, you may actually increase the infestation.

2. Only Have Access to Over-the-Counter Treatments

If you visit the local hardware store, you will find plenty of pest control products for sale, but these may not be effective in treating an extensive infestation. Since you aren’t a trained and certified professional, you won’t have access to professional-grade treatments. You can end up spending money on multiple treatments that continue to prove ineffective.

3. Insect Behavior is Complicated

At-home pest control efforts tend to treat the pests that can be seen. However, any pest infestations go much deeper. You may be dealing with nests in your lawn, woodpiles, and walls. If you don’t treat the source of the problem, pests can continue to cause damage and you will eventually see them crawling around your home again.

4. Chemical Treatments Can Be Dangerous

When it comes to handling any type of poisonous or dangerous chemicals, you want to turn to the professionals. This is the best way to avoid experiencing chemical burns, killing plants and vegetation around your house, or even causing damage to your house. These are serious tools that require advanced knowledge and training.

5. There is a Good Chance You Will Make it Worse

It is all too common for pests to scatter during DIY treatment. This doesn’t mean they are gone. They are simply breaking ranks and regrouping. In addition, one of the goals of professional pest treatments is to prevent recurrences. If treatment is done properly, your infestation may be gone in one application. The company will also continue to monitor the situation and offer follow-up visits as needed. When you do it on your own, there is an increased chance that you will continue to experience a problem.

Without a question, the best way to get rid of pests, safely, effectively, and permanently is to hire an experienced professional. At Capital Pest, we provide Raleigh area customers with the best in affordable pest control services so that you can protect your home and family without breaking the bank. Call us today to set up a consultation.


Capital Pest is proud to be a family-owned and operated pest control company serving Raleigh, NC and its surrounding area (Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Clayton, Pinehurst, Pittsboro, Fuquay-Varina, etc). Contact us for our pest control services today!