THE MCCAULEY SERVICES BLOG
THE MCCAULEY SERVICES BLOG
DIY Pest Control: Know the Risks
We fully support you taking a hands-on approach to controlling pests and wildlife in or around your home when the problem is within your scope. Yet, you should be aware that if you do decide to take pest control into your own hands, you could be opening yourself up to some risks that you would not have to take on otherwise if you hired a professional pest control company:
Risk to Yourself
Especially if you are attempting to rid your property of wasps and hornets, you run the risk of personal injury if you are not careful (or even if you are because these pests can be unpredictable). These pests will likely try to attack you when you are attempting to remove their nest, which can lead to painful stings. Many wasp and hornet nests require a ladder to reach, so you also risk falling off the ladder if the swarm of stinging insects comes at you abruptly. Additionally, setting traps for rodents can be dangerous because if you are trying to remove an injured rodent from the trap, it could easily bite you and infect you with a disease, like rabies.
Risk to Your Family
Sometimes, wasp nests that have been built right into your home can extend into the attic. This gives the pests easy access to your home and family, which can be particularly dangerous if a family member is allergic to their sting. If you attempt to kill these wasps yourself, they could swarm into the house and attack any of your family members that are inside. Also, if you leave out poison for rodents or set traps for rodents, your young children could easily ingest the poison by accident or get their fingers caught in the trap.
Risk to Pets
Poisonous traps that are used to catch or kill pests are purposefully sweet-smelling or tasting to lure the pests to their demise. Unfortunately, your own pet might also find that poison tempting. If your dog or cat ingests the poison that you have used as a DIY pest control method, they could become seriously ill or die if you do not rush them to the vet quickly enough. You would save money on pest control by setting out these traps yourself, but then end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars nursing your pet back to health.
Risk to Property
Termites are one pest that is best left to the pest control professionals. This is because if you attempt to get rid of the termites yourself, you could actually just end up pushing them into another area of the house, where they could cause even more structural damage to your home. Wasps and hornets that have built nests around your home will continue to re-use ones that have been abandoned, so even if you successfully kill all the wasps in a nest, it is likely that they will return and extend those nests into the attic or walls, which can lead to some costly repairs. A pest control professional ensures that the entire nest is removed so the pests cannot use it again.