They say that fish and house guests begin to stink after three days. This is particularly true if your house guests are of the six-legged demographic, and you never invited them to stay in the first place.
Having a pest issue can be a huge bummer. Some pests can be dangerous to the health of your family and pets. Some pests can wreak thousands of dollars in damage on your home. Some pests are nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.
As a homeowner, it’s important to know the distinction between when your pest control strategy only needs to involve a rolled up news paper, and when you need professional pest control services. Some pest control situations are dangerous to tackle on your own. Some pests become aggressive when threatened, and are more likely to attack you and the inhabitants of your home when you try send them packing. Some pests are experts at hiding in the woodwork and behind the wallpaper, so that to the novice eye, you might think you’ve nipped it in the bud, but they are still at work, destroying the structure of your home. There is never a bad time to call a pest control company, but here are four occasions when it is important to let a professional deal with your pest extermination issue:
Three Times to Call a Pest Control Company
- When your pest issue poses a threat to the safety of your family and animals.
Some pests are more than just annoyances. Some pests sting or bite humans and animals, and should not be treated without the help of a professional. If your issue is with bees, wasps, bed bugs, fleas, spiders or ticks, they pose a threat to your family, and you should not cutting any corners while dealing with them. As we mentioned some of these bugs become more likely to swarm and attack when disturbed, so they are a heightened risk if you try to remove them on your own.
As an added risk, a person can develop an allergy to bug bites or stings at any time, even if they’ve never exhibited any reaction in the past. This is particularity true if a person gets repeated stings or bites in a single episode, which you are at a heightened risk of if you are swarmed while removing the pest. Over two million ER visits per year are a result of allergic reactions to bug bites. It’s not worth putting yourself or your family at risk to save a few bucks by DIYing your pest control issue.
- When you pest issue poses a threat to your home’s structure.
Pests such as termites and carpenter ants are not interested in the inhabitants of the home, but instead feed on the home itself. Exterminating these types of pests by yourself is difficult, and it is easy to assume the issue is gone, while they really hide and fester for years and years. If you see the signs of a home-destroying pest (such as termite tunnels and droppings, or weakened walls, ceilings, or floors), you should call a pro in to rid your home of them right away.
- When your pest issue keeps coming back.
As they say, if you see one cockroach, there are thousands more hidden in the walls. Just tackling the pests that are visible doesn’t even put a dent in the issue, so that they keep coming back. Pests such as cockroaches and bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of on your own. Sometimes you’ll think you’ve won the war, but a small invisible pocket of them will be missed, and pretty soon you’re back to square one. If you are dealing with a seemingly invincible pest, call in a pro, and take care of it once and for all!
Sometimes a pest issue can be tackled without the help of a pro. But when your pest issue involves bugs that pose a threat to yourself and the other inhabitants of your home, when they are literally destroying your home’s structure, or when they keep coming back, do yourself a favor and call in an expert. It’s not worth the potential damage they pose to try to take a crack at it yourself.