Professional pest control Vs DIY (do-it-yourself) pest control

Professional pest control technicians are better prepared than DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Pest Control individuals. Professionals benefits from proper training, but also from the  accumulated experience of the technician but also of the company as a whole. And if this was not enough, professional pest controllers got all the required equipment and professional grade products that will allow them to treat any pest infestations, whatever may be the specific circumstances.

So it would seem to be a no brainer? Not so much? Actually things are not as straight forward. The cost associated with hiring a professional London pest control company can be quite significant, and not everyone can afford the expense. So there is a balance that any home owner need to strike taking into account the following:

  • How much do you suffer from the infestation
  • How dangerous is the pest in question
  • How notoriously difficult is it to get rid of the pest
  • How much commercial chemicals would set you off
  • How much time would it actually take you to do it to the right standard
  • How much hazards would you expose the member of the household to
  • How long should you wait if what you do is not resulting
  • What professional company should you rely on to take care of the issue

From there, it is mostly a matter of perception. What you may call an awful situation others may only dismiss as “just creepy crawlies”. So here are some guidelines to help you through it.

1- The more you suffer the quicker you want to act. Mouse phobia is a terrible thing to suffer, so it would be reasonable to have someone coming as fast as possible. In the meantime all goes. Place towels under the doors, place sonic devices, switch on the TV, whatever makes you feel better. But do not place poison indiscriminately at living space level as the last thing you want it to have mice going there in first place.

2- If you are allergic or have children, having a wasp nest by your front door can be daunting. But the urge to do something could seriously put you at risk. 

3- Bed bugs are very much the pest you want to leave in the hand of professional. Simply put it is the hardest pest for us to deal with so DIY pest control stands no chance. Even putting the furniture in the dump and replacing it at great expense would not cut it. Actually our treatments are strong enough to save the furniture, so it would be cheaper in most instance to have a professional pest control company to do it. And where pesticides are not appropriate, we can do a Heat Treatment.

4- Most would have thought only of the cost of a bottle of commercial insecticide would be. But not necessarily of how many bottles would be required to do it properly, and how much time it would actually take to apply to the right standard. But there is another cost people often overlook entirely. Spraying for cockroach will kill some cockroaches but will not get rid of the infestation. As one sprays, cockroach run deeper within the walls and to the neighbours where they are safe and keep on breeding. So not only your infestation will get worse and worse, you will have now to content with the infestation of your neighbour that is sure to bounce back at some point in the future. 

5- There are insects that are quite easy to kill such as moths. However getting rid of moths require to break the life cycle of the insect and that make take 3-4 weeks to achieve. There would be 2 downsides for the DIY pest control individual. It would take possibly 6 cans/bottles of commercial insecticides to treat a 2-3 bed flat. But since the strength and residual activity of commercial insecticide is much lower, it would be necessary to spray on a weekly basis so possibly a total of 24 bottles and 4 hours of labour. 

6- The main concern of professional pest control in London is Health and Safety. Pest control require use of hazardous products that the individual using them should be protected from. But the products can also affect others member of the family or non-target species. Placing or applying them in the wrong setting may have adverse and dire consequences.

7- The rule of thumb is that if you keep on doing the same thing and the result do no change, it is that you are doing the wrong thing. You may treat and alleviate the problem for a while and have it reappearing every so often. Was it ever gone at all at any point? Is it that the solution would be mouse proofing for mice?, or using Goliath Gel for cockroaches? 

8- London pest control companies are of all size and reputation. But there are rules that govern a good company or a good technician: honest, dedicated, proficient, well equipped and using the best products for the best job.

Whenever possible, I should always advise the use of a reputable London pest control company vs Doing It Yourself. And whenever it is not possible for whatever reason, the DIY pest control individual should call professional for guidance on how to do it best. It is our job and duty to give the best advice so never hesitate calling us.