10 Benefits of Using a Professional Pest Control Company
When your home becomes overrun with small pests like wasps, spiders, or ants they can be dangerous to both your family and your property. And, larger pests, such as squirrels or raccoons, can be an even more alarming problem as they work their way into your attic or walls. Regardless of what type of pest you are dealing with, a lot of property owners attempt to deal with the problem without the assistance of a professional.
Although small pests, like ants, seem easily taken care of with a few sprays of some repellent, there is always a potential problem of deeper infestation in your home or property. Additionally, larger problems, such as skunks, bats, and raccoons can carry rabies. They may look cute, but these pests should be handled by a professionals. That said, many people might remain unconvinced.
1. Hidden signs
Pest control involves eradicating pests, but it also involves recognizing signs of deeper infestation. For instance, ants are easy to spot when they are trailing across your kitchen floor, but an exterminator will know how to track the source of the infestation. Additionally, a pest control company is much better equipped to handle such things as termite infestations, which can significantly impact the value of your home. Termites, for instance, might appear here or there, but only a professional can identify the signs along studs in your home, in your basement, or in your attic. When it comes to your home, attempting to handle pests without consulting pest control services can end up costing you thousands in repairs.
2. Trained against mistakes
Capturing a larger animal is tough business, and an exterminator is trained against both the common and uncommon mistakes a novice is sure to make. For instance, trapping a raccoon is difficult enough, but picking up a cage containing a hostile raccoon can be disastrous. Raccoons are notoriously fast, and if you buy the wrong cage, they can easily escape. If you pick up the cage incorrectly, they can claw or bite you before you are physically able to move out of the way. In terms of pest control, a professional is trained to avoid harmful mistakes you are almost guaranteed to make due to your lack of experience, and being bitten or scratched by an animal that also is known to carry rabies is on-the-job training you do not need.
3. Proper gear
In terms of the aforementioned raccoon, proper removal gear includes gloves. You might be thinking that, of course, you have gloves. However, you might not have respiratory equipment that can protect you against animal droppings and spores. You might not have a full-body suit to protect you as you walk around your basement attempting to spray a spider infestation. Additionally, you might not have the right spray gear, so you might not be spraying with the full force necessary to soak an area. You might not have the right poison stakes to insert into the ground when you are dealing with buried termite nests, and you might not have the right mix of poison that a pest control company will have in abundance. Simply put, since you did not pursue pest control as a profession, you understandably do not have the necessary gear.
If you have ever done anything that is new, you understand the slow pace at which it requires to be done well. Even something as simple as bike riding takes time. An exterminator, however, has already been through professional training and undergone countless hours on the job, so what you find new, he or she will have seen a hundred times. Consequently, he or she will be able to zip through the job, doing it well and thoroughly.
5. Ability to consult colleagues
One of the perks someone in the pest control service industry enjoys is being able to call a colleague with questions about any pest control problems. Your friends, however, probably do not know much more than you.
6. Accepts the danger of injury
Even if an exterminator is trained, things might go wrong. However, an exterminator accepts this potential danger and is actually able to anticipate it–much better than you can. Additionally, if you are bitten, you might think that you would not have undertaken the task if you had known it would result in a trip to the doctor. An exterminator working for a pest control company, however, gets paid for just this sort of danger. Because they are good at what they do, they actually enjoy the job. Furthermore, what is dangerous for you is not actually as dangerous for them because they are prepared.
7. Know how to assess ancillary damage
You might think that removing a squirrel from the attic is a job well done. However, an exterminator will be able to look for secondary damage, such as chewed wires or shredded insulation. If you missed the shredded insulation, it can cost you higher utility bills. A chewed wire can be a fire hazard. Waking up to a blazing inferno caused from a chewed wire that you failed to see is not how you want to go through life.
8. Paid to clean the tough stuff
In the same way that removing a raccoon or a squirrel from the attic might qualify as a job well done, a pest control company pays an exterminator to actually clean up all the feces and the bio-hazards left behind. This is definitely something you do not want to be cleaning up. Fleas, for instance, are another problem that might even be listed under ancillary damages because they carry the plague. Additionally, raccoons might bring dead animals into your home. They eat these animals, and what is left will rot. You might not want to clean this up, but an exterminator will do a thorough job.
9. Aware of the laws
Pest control involves using pesticides and poisons, and laws govern the usage, storage, and disposal of these chemicals. If you take it upon yourself to complete your own pest control services, you are likely not versed in these laws and could end up facing fines.
10. Saves value of your home
All the damage you are capable of doing to your home from lack of experience and the mistakes you will likely make can easily result in repair bills. However, the thing about doing your own pest control that is worse than repair bills is putting your home on the market and getting an offer only to have an inspector find something your DIY pest control missed. In fact, when you then have to disclose that you oversaw your own pest control services, the potential buyer of your house could easily back out of the deal because you are unable to offer a guarantee for the pest control services or the safe handling and disposal of the chemicals.