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When to Hire Professional Pest Control VS. Do-It-Yourself Options

When to Hire Professional Pest Control VS. Do-It-Yourself Options

When to Hire Professional Pest Control VS. Do-It-Yourself Options

Posted October 11, 2021

When you have a pest infestation in your home, most homeowners will choose to try to control the infestation by themselves, using DIY pest control options. While this can be effective for minor pest problems, if you have a serious infestation, professional pest control will likely save you time and money in the long run, not to mention the stress and headaches associated with controlling pests. 

Rodent Problems

Let’s use rodents as an example. Perhaps you have found rodent droppings in your home, or you’ve seen a mouse scurry across your kitchen and dive under the stove. Home prevention options such as mouse traps or sticky traps will be effective for small infestations, unfortunately, you may have many more. 

If you see a mouse running around your kitchen or living room, they are likely solitary and have just moved into your home for food and shelter. However, if you find a pile of droppings, or see a mouse in an isolated area of your home such as the basement or garage, you may have a larger infestation. Rodents look for these isolated areas of your home to move in, because they can safely forage through your home for food without being disturbed by humans. If you have mice or rats in an isolated area in your home, that’s a good time to call the professionals. 

Especially in the cold months, rodents in your home are an indicator that there are cracks or gaps in the foundation of your home. Mice and rats can squeeze through very small crevices, and if they can get in, so can other small pests such as ants, centipedes and spiders can also get into your home.

Termite Problems

Another common pest that can create serious problems for homeowners are termites. Termite damage costs homeowners billions of dollars in property damage, making it one of the most financially devastating pests. If you find mud tubes on the foundation of your home, piles of frass (termite droppings that look like sawdust), or find damaged wood in your home, you likely have a termite infestation. Termites are so invasive that if your neighbor down the street has termites, there’s a high likelihood that you have termites as well.

Home termite prevention is rarely effective, because no matter how many workers you kill, there are likely larvae and soldiers in the nest waiting for them to return home with food. Even liquid traps are not effective, because while they prevent more termites from getting into your home, if you already have termites in your home, they are happy to continue to eat the wood in your home. In addition, these options require boring into your home which creates structural damage on top of the termite damage. 

This is why professional options like Sentricon, which we use here at Fox Pest Control, are the most effective. Sentricon gives termites exactly what they want. We place the Sentricon bait stations around your home, and once the termite workers find them, they will bring the bait back to the colony and begin feasting. The sentricon bait expands once consumed, which prevents termites from eating more, and eventually starving them on a full stomach. Sentricon is so effective that it even kills the queen, stopping the damage before it becomes too severe. 

The Bottom Line

While home prevention options are a good start, the professionals here at Fox Pest Control know what you’re dealing with and will create a customized plan to eliminate your pest problems quickly, which can save you time and money in the long run. If you have a pest infestation, call Fox today, or fill out the form below to receive a free inspection and estimate.

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