There’s an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and a regular pest control inspection by a certified professional is just that.
While he may not find any infestations, he may find a damp area on wood that would be a great place for carpenter ants to build a nest. Of course, when you find the source of the moisture and eliminate it, you’re not only preventing a potential problem with carpenter ants, you’re also preventing future water damage to the wood on your home.
Fundamentally, a pest control technician looks to preventative and mechanical cures and finally, if the problem’s bad enough, using pesticides specifically geared to eliminating that particular pest problem without creating as much impact on the environment.
When you include regular pest inspections in your maintenance, you’ll stop problems before they drown or bury you. While you might require some pesticides to control a bug problem, you won’t require as much, primarily because it won’t get too big to handle.
In many cases, you’ll save money on repairing damage from bugs and vermin, lower the cost of treatment and reap some savings on your utility bills from caulking open areas.
You’ll probably find that regular inspections save you large amounts of money and are far less expensive than doing repairs or fighting a full-blown infestation.
For example, if the pest control professionals come into your home every six months for thorough inspections, then your do-it-yourself inspections can be performed every 3 months.
This way, you can immediately alert the professionals if and when you detect signs of pest infestation at its early stages. Nipping the issue in the bud is still the best way to avoid letting your possible pest infestation problem get out of hand.
The reasons are obvious:
- Many types of pest infestations are not immediately observable to the untrained eye. This is true for termites, bed bugs and fleas, all of which are so tiny animals. You may then think that pests are absent when these intruders are just lurking beneath the cabinets, countertops, and curtains, for example.
- Pest control should be largely tackled by trained professionals. This is because the mechanical, chemical and biological products used in pest elimination should be handled by trained hands only lest health issues arise.
The chemicals used in the eradication of termites must be handled with the right safety gear like goggles, overalls, and masks, not to mention that these chemicals require proper mixing.
The fact is, you want to avoid worsening your pest infestation problem by increasing the health risks associated with the chemicals, the risks for injuries from the traps, and the dangers of spreading the pests.
One case in point: you may transfer the bed bugs from one bedroom to the next during a DIY home inspection.
Before you become too confident in handling pests, call the professionals and make it easy on yourself and on your family.