Do-It-Yourself pest control can be very appealing. It’s easy to find over-the-counter pesticides, baits, traps, and other products needed for pest control at your local store. The problem is, Do-It-Yourself treatments do not usually get to the root of the pest problem. You can eliminate the ants you see, but typically not the nest. You may catch the mice that are present, but they’ll keep coming back. Technician Joe Phillips explains the many reasons why you should hire the professionals to get pest-related issues taken care of.

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Interviewer: So Joe, can you tell me why you think someone should hire a professional pest control company instead of trying to do it themselves?

Technician: Yeah, I think people should hire a pest control company because we have the training and ability and what pest habits are – where they hide, where they eat, where they nest – things of that sort. And also, when you’re talking about insects, we have the products that are going to eliminate them plus also have a residual effect after they’re applied. I would also say like the stuff you buy over the counter, it’s more of a one shot and once it’s dry, it’s inefficient. And I don’t think people understand that but we can always give them the right course of action on what to take on the products that we use.

Interviewer: And what about something like buying mouse snap traps? Why would it not work for a homeowner to just put traps in their basements to solve a problem?

Technician: Right, when you use snap traps you want to make sure you’re using the right kind of bait for the environment that they’re in. A lot of people just set snap traps out there and just expect it to catch something, when you actually got to use some kind of attractant for the snap trap. We have the training and the tools to kind of look for them, where they’re nesting, where they’re entering a house or a building or something like that, so we’ll have the ability to know where to put a certain device or station or something like that. So we can kind of eliminate the problem before it turns into a bigger problem than what it needs to be.