Three Reasons To Hire A Pest Control Guy

Pest control typically starts out as a do-it-yourself project. You find a few ants in the kitchen or maybe a spider in the corner of a room. OK. That’s it. We’ve got a problem. Now your next round of errands includes a trip to Home Depot to get the biggest container of Ortho’s Home Defense Max you can find. There’s not way these little critters are going to get the upper hand on you!

You unload half the container around the perimeter of your house. You’ve set the trap and now those little buggers are dead bugs walking. You see several casualties the following morning. Like victims to a mine field, you’ve sent your message that you mean business.

There are maybe a few more casualties in the following days, and in soon time your problem is no longer visible. A few weeks go by and still nothing. Then one morning you spot a sudden movement on your back patio. Low and behold you have a visitor.

Round two! And so it continues…

So what’s all the need for an actual pest control company? Are you just paying them to do what you’re perfectly able to do on your own? Isn’t their product the same exact stuff? Is their stuff magic? Do you really have a big enough problem to warrant hiring a professional?

Here are three key difference between hiring a pest professional and doing the job on your own.

1. Quality Of Product. Products that are both sold by retailers and used by pest professionals are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are given limits as to their strength, potency, mixture rate and for lack of a better term – life expectancy. The EPA requires that a pest control product, at its most potent mixture, absolutely must break down beyond a certain level within 60 days. Harsh environments with extreme heat, UV light and rain will cause those chemicals to break down even faster. Over the counter-type products may not have a strong enough mixture, and may break down much fast than the 60 day limit. However, pest professionals typically hand mix their own products, ensuring a max dose is applied to the perimeter of the home.

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Your pest control company is also using more than one product. Up to three or four different products may be applied to the interior and exterior of the home. Pest pros often use products ranging from liquids, to gels, to dusts, to granules. To purchase these products and their applicators on your own would already cost hundreds of dollars.

Also of note is the 60 day limit set forth by the EPA. Pest control companies genuinely concerned with their customer’s pest problem will, at a minimum, suggest an every-other-month program (ie. 60 days). Companies that offer quarterly programs are doing so based on price competition and are knowingly leaving their customers exposed for at least 30 days before their next scheduled treatment.

2. Product Placement. Let’s just be honest. The common do-it-yourselfer is going to spray their store bought product in two places. First, in the regions they first noticed their unwanted visitors. Next, in the remaining corners of the house. Product will be placed where bugs have been seen, and where you think they will be seen.

Remember, insects don’t want to be in your home. They’re not necessarily trying to escape the outside elements and they are actually not looking for crumbs on your floor. Unbeknownst to you, you are offering them one important element vital to their existence. Water!

Insects are primarily looking for a water source. A food source is secondary. The most enticing water source you provide that lures them on to your property is your irrigation system around your front and back yard. The water you spray on your lawn every morning and the drippers that feed your trees are the main attractions of our properties.

How many of you honestly thought to put product around the moisture points of your yard? Do you even know if the product you bought at Wal Mart is safe to put at the base of your bushes?

Pest professionals use products that are specifically designed to be placed in exact locations around the home. Spray products are applied to surface areas. Granule products are thrown at the moisture points. Dust products are placed inside the walls of a home, away from human inhalation. These industrial strength chemicals are placed in their appropriate sectors for maximum effectiveness.

3. Life Cycles. Each insect has their own unique breeding cycling and gestation period. While environment factors such as heat, rain and cold can affect insect activity, household pests are in a never-ending life cycle. Some pests are known to hibernate during the winter months, while others have a gestation period of only a few weeks. Maintaining a constant barrier of service is crucial because pest products are not specifically designed to kill insects through their respective egg sacks. That said, even a more hefty infestation can take up a year to get under control to the point there are no bugs detected on the interior of a home.

The average Joe certainly is capable of buying his own products and applicators, doing his own in-depth research and absorbing the cost of doing the job on his own. But, remember that the average Joe is still no professional. Ants are battled much differently than spiders or roaches. Scorpions will not be affected by an all-purpose product.

So… if one is interested in hiring a professional, I recommend looking at online reviews and asking your friends and neighbors. Online reviews are opinions from the customers from the exact company you are researching. Asking your friends and neighbors will help you understand that quality of service they themselves are receiving and their pros and cons about that service. Especially when it comes to people coming in and out of your home, your friends will always be the most honest with you.

Steve Bitter is a Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, based in Mesa, AZ. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including eleven major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

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