Why DIY Pest Control Is Risky

March 22, 2024

Do you ever get that itch to take matters into your own hands when it comes to kicking pests out of your home? It's tempting, right? Grabbing a can of bug spray or setting up a few mouse traps might seem like a quick fix to your pest problem but hold on just a sec. DIY pest control might sound like an epic move, but it’s not without its risks. 

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First off, let's talk about those store-bought pesticides and sprays. 

Sure, they promise to eradicate insects, but have you ever read a label on one of them? Those chemicals can be seriously potent stuff. They're designed to kill bugs, after all, but here's the catch – those chemicals can be poisonous, and if used improperly, they can put your family and pets at risk.

And it's not just chemicals. Using those traps and baits are not without pitfalls either. They might sound like a simple enough fix, but are they really? The answer is no!  Pest control products are not a one-size-fits-all solution for whatever’s bugging you. In fact, using the wrong chemical, trap, or bait could target the wrong pest and even make your existing pest problem worse. If you want to exterminate browntail moths, ants, mice, and other pests, there’s a better way and we’ll tell you about it further down.  

DIY pest control isn't just risky for your health and safety

Unfortunately, it can also end up costing you more in the long run. Sure, those store-bought products might seem cheaper upfront, but what happens if they don't work (and they very likely won't)? You're back to square one, only now you've wasted time, energy, and money on a solution that didn't have a positive result. In other words, you still have pests, and what’s more, they’ve probably increased in number and spread to other parts of your home. 

And let's not forget about the potential damage to your home

Pests such as carpenter ants and rodents can be more than just a nuisance - they can cause significant damage to your property if not dealt with properly. While attempting to handle these pests on your own may appear to be a viable option, the expenses associated with repairs may leave you regretting your decision later. 

So what's the bottom line? 

DIY pest control might seem like a quick fix, but it's often riskier than you think. From potentially harmful chemicals to ineffective traps, there’s plenty of room for error. So, instead of taking matters into your own hands, why not leave it to the team at Pine State Pest Solutions? 

Home pest control services that deliver results

Rather than waste time and money on solutions that will not actually solve your problem and that may make it worse, contact the local pest control specialists at Pine State Pest Solutions.  Offering home pest control services in Auburn, Yarmouth, and Norway, as well as throughout our multi-county service area, homeowners can count on our team to exterminate existing pest activity and prevent new infestations from developing! Check out our plans and pricing below or give us a shout to discuss your pest problem today. 

*initial start-up fees may apply.


Say goodbye to browntail moths too! 

Here at Pine State Pest Solutions, we eradicate browntail moths before they have a chance to leave the trees they’ve been wintering in! When you contact us for browntail moth control, we’ll inspect your property and recommend a treatment option that could include:

  • Tree micro injections
  • Tree spraying
  • Vehicle-mounted spraying for properties with 1+acres of trees 

For more information about any of our pest control services or to get started today, please reach out! 


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