Do It Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Vs Hiring Contractors

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Home Pest Control
Reading time: 15min
October 19, 2022

In Phoenix, the usually sunny and warm climate is a suitable habitat for many pest species. For instance, you are very likely to come across roaches, ants, rodents, bees, and termites in your general surrounding.

In addition, Phoenix is also home to many scorpions and black widows that can cause serious harm to your health as well as your family’s. Because of this, your Arizona home needs to have frequent pest control sessions to avoid unwanted pests.

Before ordering a pest control service or going the DIY route, you need to find out how often your property will need to be serviced. Above all, even if you are going to perform the pest control session yourself, you will need to consult with a professional who will help you pinpoint any pests or risk factors in or around your home and then determine the best treatment plan to eradicate them. 

4 Easy Ways to Do Your Own Pest Control At Home.

Tools and Materials Needed

  1. Professional Insecticide
  2. Garden Sprayer
  3. Lawn Insect Killer
  4. Fertilizer Spreader
  5. Lawn Insect Killer
  6. Powder Insecticide
  7. Cockroach Killer Gel

Step #1: Spray Your House

Begin by mixing the correct ratio of insecticide and water as per the instructions inside of the garden sprayer, this will also depend on the type of pest you are trying to eliminate. Then start to spray the sides of your house up to 3 feet up the wall.

You should also spread the mixture 3 feet into the yard for more coverage. Ensure that you are spreading this mixture underneath and around all possible entry points for the bugs.

This can include: 

  • Windows,
  • Doors, 
  • Pipes going into the house,
  • Hose bibs, 
  • Vents
  • Under sinks, etc.

The mixture can also be sprayed inside the home by the doors and on the floor. However, make sure that you hide any pets in a room that is not being treated. 

Once the chemical has dried and set for about 30 minutes, the pets can be let out. Most insecticides are safe for animals once dried, however, make sure of this before purchasing your insecticide.

Step #2: Use a Lawn Insect Killer

With your choice of lawn insect killer, use a fertilizer spread for faster and more effective distribution of the product. Although it is usually sunny in Arizona if possible try to place this down before it begins to rain as the water will melt the product into the ground.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Vs Hiring Contractors

Step #3: Use a Powder Form Insecticide

This step will help you get inside the very hard-to-reach areas inside and outside your house. This is because the product is blown into the areas in question.

You would apply this mostly inside of the house, but it can also be used outside. This can be applied in areas such as behind the stove, underneath the fridge and cabinets, in the garbage cans, around pipes, etc. 

Outside, this can be used around any cracks and crevices, gas pipes, and other hard-to-reach areas. Essentially any voids found around the house can be filled with the insecticide.

Step #4: Use a Roach Killing Gel

This method is targeted at roaches but it is a very quick and easy way to get rid of them.

Essentially, the gel acts as bait to a roach. Once the roach takes the bait, it will take it back to its nest where it will infect all the other roaches and they will eventually all die.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Vs Hiring Contractors

Professional Pest Control Services

A pest control company will eliminate all of the pests in your home. They can exterminate rodents, beetles, wasps, termites, mosquitoes, roaches, fleas, termites, bed bugs, black widows, and scorpions. Bird control is also available.

After a professional contractor has inspected your home for pests and has determined how many times your home will need to be serviced in the year, they will then do a “clean out.” This means that they will eradicate any pests that are already in your home, yard, and garage.

A professional contractor will usually suggest that they conduct a multi-tiered method to eradicate the pests and ensure that they do not re-enter your home by taking preventative measures. For instance, they will seal any cracks or crevices that will allow bugs and other pests entry into your home.

For the most part, if the infestation is small, eliminating the pest will be fairly easy. However, if the infestation is much larger, or if the infestation is related to termites or bed bugs, it will be best to contact a professional. 

A good exterminator will consult with you about the necessary costs, procedures, and prevention methods that will come with the extermination. In addition, they will also notify you of the health risks that are associated with the particular infestation on your property.

How Many Times Should a Pest Control Session Occur?

Well, this will depend on the type of infestation that you have on your property.

For example, black widows can be found all over Phoenix. A single black widow can produce multiple egg sacs in the summer season with up to 400 spiderlings, it is important to find a professional contractor that can deal with these pests.

A black widow’s bite may not cause serious harm to an adult after receiving immediate medical attention, but it can cause serious illness in children, seniors, and people with existing health issues. This is why it is best to find a contractor that can perform inspections at least every other month to adequately protect your home from them.

When it comes to Scorpions, between 2005 and 2015, there was an average report of 126,000 scorpion stings in Arizona, making it the most in the nation. During the warmer months, bark scorpions are the most active type of Scorpion in Arizona.

If there has been a scorpion sighting, then the yard and exterior of your home should be looked at regularly. When there is heavy scorpion activity in your area, a monthly pest control session will be necessary, however, when there is moderate activity, the sessions can be every other month. 

It is most probably better to hire a contractor to take care of your pest infestation, as it can save you some time and effort to do it all by yourself and potentially miss a few steps that will be detrimental in the long run.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Pest Control Vs Hiring Contractors

How to Maintain a Pest-Free Environment.

It is important to keep track of the pest control sessions you have, as the more frequent you have, the better maintained your property will be.

Due to the warm climate in Arizona, you are more likely to have pests returning than in other states. That is why for effective prevention, it is recommended that you schedule pest control sessions at least every other month to ensure the potency of chemicals used.

At Agro Pest Control, we are the best for this job. We provide you with outstanding customer service with a professional team of experienced technicians to give you tailored services at affordable prices, we even have free inspections!

We are a one-stop shop for all things related to pest control for local Phoenix homes and businesses. All you need to do is contact us at 480-780-2476 and we will do the rest for you.