Discovering unwanted pests in your home can be upsetting and frustrating. Besides being unpleasant, they can cause serious damage as well as create an unhealthy environment for you and your family. While it may be tempting to take the do-it-yourself route when it comes to eliminating these pests, the truth is that this method can end up doing more harm than good. When it comes to pest control, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. To prove it, here are 3 reasons why doing your own pest control can be dangerous.

1. It involves chemicals.

Pest control involves strong chemicals — chemicals that were developed with the intent to kill. Professionals are especially trained to handle these chemicals and know how to do so in a way that seriously reduces the risk involved. Pest control chemicals that are distributed inappropriately can harm you, your family, your neighbors, and your pets. Think of the safety of yourself and others when considering having anyone other than a professional take care of pest control problems. With the increase of exposure to dangerous chemicals involved in this kind of project, doing it yourself is just not worth it.

2. It can harm the environment.

Using chemicals incorrectly can pose safety hazards to yourself and others. Additionally, it can cause great damage to your environment. Professionals know not only which chemicals to use and how much to use, but also know which ones can and cannot be mixed. It’s very possible that chemicals mixed inappropriately can unintentionally cause damage to and kill other beings, such as wildlife and vegetation. Harm to these things can have larger repercussions, resulting in an even bigger problem than pests.

3. It can be a waste of money.

People often mistakenly believe that taking on their own pest control will save them money when, in fact, it often leads to spending more. In other words, doing your own pest control can be dangerous to your bank account. Professionals are highly knowledgeable and have experience when it comes to identifying pests and what exactly is needed to eliminate them. It’s possible that someone taking the DIY approach could mistakenly misdiagnose the problem, fail to fully eradicate the pests, and then have to purchase more and more product until the problem has been fixed. Hiring a trained professional to take care of the situation the first time will be the most cost-efficient solution — and your wallet will thank you.

Do-it-yourself pest control is not fun or convenient. But unless there is a trained professional taking care of your pest problem, it’s quite possible that the best of intentions is actually creating larger problems for you, your loved ones, and your home. Professionals are experienced in eliminating pests in a way that is safe, effective, and won’t put a dent in your pocket book. Plus, they are available to answer questions and trained to spot the underlying pest control problem. Consider handing over your pest control problems to someone who knows what they are doing. This approach will likely result in a solution that makes everyone — except the pests — happy.

With more than 40 years of service and a Tucson family legacy that stretches four generations, University Termite & Pest Control is well prepared to meet even the trickiest pest control challenges. Our Signature Series programs allow you to customize your service in the way that makes the most sense for you. Add-ons, from termite extermination to bee removal, ensure that your home and family are fully protected. Give us a call today at 520-886-4146 (Tucson) to learn how best to protect your home.

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