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The Dangers Of Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Products

Customer beware in dealing with the pitfalls and dangers of Do-It-Yourself Pest Control products. Termites, roaches and bed bugs are everywhere creating havoc on homes and businesses. Restaurant owners, homeowners, and building managers are looking for solutions. They’re searching the internet for that magic bullet. Of course, the internet is full of answers but doesn’t distinguish between good and bad choices. A pest pandemic is a perfect opportunity for scam artists to take advantage of people who are desperate for help. So keep these tips in mind for when you can’t sleep tight.

Ordering pesticides off the internet is not a good idea. DO NOT DO IT! You have no way of knowing what you are really buying.
Pesticides banned in the US are often still available in other countries.
Sellers may intentionally misrepresent their products, when in fact; they are worthless in controlling the bugs your having a problem with.
Some products should not be used indoors or around people or pets.
Most insecticides are not effective at killing bed bugs, or they kill bed bugs very slowly.

If you do choose to try an over-the-counter pesticide for termites, cockroaches or bed bugs, or any other insect, just remember…the label is the law and the label matters. The label is there to ensure your health and safety. If the product is not labeled for your desired bug or not labeled for the treatment area, do not use it. Doing so puts people and pets at risk.
Misapplications or over-application can be a problem. Follow the label exactly. More is not always better.

Other concerns to be aware of

Health Risks

Regardless of whether it’s a pest treatment applied is by a professional or a spray can that you buy over the counter at a store, effective pest control often utilizes chemicals. That means that there are potential health risks.
Pest control methods used to stop invasions of insects are designed to kill the pests and prevent them from returning. This often involves using an application that contains chemicals, and with that, there is potential to harm pets and people if not used properly.

For example, if there is a wasp nest on your property, the temptation may be to go to the store and buy a spray can. Because the can makes it seem so easy, the temptation might be to then go home, open the can, aim and spray without reading the warnings. The spray may be effective, but there are a number of potential health risks to keep in mind while using:
Are there kids or pets nearby?

Is the cloud of chemicals headed toward your neighbor’s house?
Are you close enough for the chemicals to be useful?
If agitated, some stinging insects may swarm and sting anything that attacks their nest. Attempting to remove a stinging insect

nest could result in being stung. Other people in close proximity to the nest might also be stung.
Pesticides need to be treated seriously and used properly. Reading all of the instructions is key and they must be followed to the letter, or risks can greatly increase.

There are even stories of people trying to remove spiders and other pests using fire and ending up burning their homes down. A recent viral video of a man trying to remove a spider near his gas tank, at a gas station, by using a lighter that nearly sets the entire station on fire. So, whether it’s chemicals or other methods, seriously consider leaving the pest removal to the pros.

Environmental Risks

Did you know that there are strict rules in most municipalities against using chemicals on honey bees?

Honey bees are a key part of the environment and using chemical treatments are heavily regulated in most places. Professional pest control technicians are trained and certified in removing honey bee hives without damaging them or their environment.
Improper use of pesticides may lead to chemicals leaking into water supplies, vegetable gardens and possibly the air inside your home. Many DIY pest control chemicals have the potential to contaminate the ground and air around your home if not used properly.

There are lots of DIY pest treatment methods out there, and dangers are present with many that you should be aware of.

Monetary Risks

In addition to using over-the-counter chemical treatments, there is no shortage of supposed methods of pest prevention and removal that claim to be entirely environmentally friendly.
While some of these treatments have been discussed before, and may even be effective for a time, oftentimes they are not as effective as treatments provided by professionally trained and experienced pest control experts.

What does this mean for you?
If you attempt to take care of a pest infestation yourself through DIY methods and the infestation returns, you could end up spending more money on additional treatments. And if you’re a business, this could also cost more in lost inventory, crops, work time, etc.

The other potential risk of do-it-yourself treatment is that the pest invasion could get worse, as the method used may not be effective enough. If this is an attempt to get rid of termites, for example, this could end up causing additional damage if not completely eradicated and turn into costly damage to your property.

Professional Pest Control

Professional pest control exterminators know how to find the pests that are invading, where they are coming from, how they got in and how to stop them. Plus, they are trained to find the reasons why the pests are there and offer methods of preventing further infestations.

We offer a complete solution that will protect your property from numerous pests while also keeping the environment in mind.

There are safe and effective ways to eliminate pests. We encourage you to contact a pest management professional in your area who will outline all the options available to you.

When choosing a pest management professional you should ask the following:

Are they licensed and insured?
Are they members of an accredited association such as the National Pest Management Association?
Do they do background checks on their employees?
Do they have any guarantees?

For professional service call Doug’s Bugs at (516) 328-0850. Family-owned – Licensed and Insured, Doug’s Bugs serves the Long Island and the NYC area.
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