5 Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Tips for Homeowners - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Monica Bird’s understanding and passion for her customer’s struggles with home pest control problems stems from a 10 year history in the pest industry. Since receiving her master’s degree in entomology, she has used her expertise in insects and chemistry to educate her customers, and recommend pest control products. Monica built ePestSolutions from the ground up, developing a trusted relationship with customers around the country. 

Rodents and insects are a major source of frustration for many homeowners. But the cost of paying someone to get rid of these pests can often seem like adding insult to injury. With so many costs rising rapidly, most people are already facing the challenges of a tight budget. The idea of getting hit with a sizable bill from an exterminator is almost as scary as the pest problem itself.

The good news is, homeowners can handle many pest problems on their own – and save lots of money in the process. Here are some tips for getting the best results from do-it-yourself pest control.

DIY Pest-Control Tips

Have a strategy

First, you need to come up with a plan. Identify the particular pests involved, and the area you need to treat. With many pests, it’s not enough to treat the specific spots where pests are visible. You may also need to treat the perimeter outside your house, or block entrance routes. Sizing up the situation and coming up with a comprehensive plan of attack before you buy anything will help you figure out exactly what you need. While you may be tempted to try and skimp – say, by only treating certain areas indoors – this may not actually be the bargain you may think. That’s because this approach may not effectively handle your problem, forcing you to keep buying more products – which can end up costing you more in the long run.

Choose a product that kills many pests

If you’re like many homeowners, you aren’t dealing with just one single type of pest. Most likely, you have at least a few different types of pests trying to invade your home at any given time. Juggling a big assortment of products isn’t very practical—and can also get expensive. Many insecticides kill a long list of bugs. Look for a product that offers comprehensive protection against a wide variety of pests.

Use a concentrated formula

Concentrated products give you lots of killing power from a relatively small amount of product. This is very convenient, while also being budget-friendly. As a bonus, you can make fewer orders or purchases, and you don’t have to worry about running out as often.

Look for the most cost-efficient (and convenient) choice

Again, this is where some foresight and planning can be so helpful. The cheapest option may not necessarily be the best choice, if it won’t provide the protection you need for a sufficient period of time. For example, a fly strip may be cheap, but it can only provide limited effectiveness for short periods of time. You may need several of them, with frequent replacements. On the other hand, investing in a fly light –  which can kill large numbers of pests over an extended period, with little maintenance on your part – may be a much better option. Also, if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and energy on pest-fighting efforts, you want to look for products that boast long-lasting effects.

 Keep safety in mind

If there are children or pets in your household, you want to be especially careful about the products you choose. Avoid putting any baits, poisons or other dangerous chemicals where kids or pets can come in contact with them. In addition, you need to be careful about using insecticides near food or cooking areas. Look for products specifically made to be safe for humans and pets. Many organic products are also a good choice for safe use near people, pets or food preparation areas.

Want to know more? Check out ePestSolutions for more information! Also, feel free to comment below with any tips that you may have!




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  1. I am looking to invest in a pest control product. Thanks for informing me that it is a good idea to use a concentrated formula. I have heard that some products can be harmful to the environment and to animals, I will need to find one that will not be damaging at all in these ways.

  2. Appreciate your suggestions, Monica. But, would be great if you could give some examples. Like when you suggest using products that kill the common pests and using concentrated formula, try to mention a couple of products and formulas we can use. This will help us double-check the ideas with our own research. Not just me, all your readers will like it when you give examples for your suggestions. Nice post though. Keep them coming!

    1. That’s a good thought. It’s definitely something we try to do with all our posts. Specific examples are always good. We’re working at doing better in the future.

  3. That is a great game plan for complete pest extermination from our homes. Thanks for sharing these pest control methods.

  4. Great advice on choosing a strategy. It requires a plan to take on most bug infestations so whatever you come up with, you should stick to it. Thanks for the great advice.

  5. Each summer my family struggles with ants coming in the house. If you leave out a bit of food, it’s pretty much a guarantee that there will soon be a line of ants helping to haul it back to the colony. I especially appreciate the last part of your article. I know a man who set off a bug bomb in his home without telling the people upstairs and they were coughing for a few days after that. It’s very important to take necessary precautions when putting chemicals in your home. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great Information! I am a fan of DIYs, but I don’t think it is applicable and effective with regards to Pest Control. Most people deceived that doing DIYs will lessen the costing, but it they are going to account all their expenses from the materials, time and labor it will cost them more than the actual cost if they are going to hire a pest control professionals. I read in an article that DIY’s is too dangerous and let me share it with you since it is beneficial to all readers here. Thanks!

  7. One of the things I try to do when dealing with pests is find organic or non-toxic options for pest control. Using certain oils and even basics like sugar water and the like can be used to trap pests while not endangering the neighborhood cats and dogs that tend to come around.

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