12 Reasons Why You Need Regular Pest Control
When you are a homeowner, you are constantly faced with decisions to either fix a problem yourself, or to hire a professional to do it for you. There are many situations where it makes more sense or it is necessary to hire a professional. It’s always best to know what the best solution to a problem is, so we made a list of the top reasons why it would be better to hire a pest control company versus doing it yourself.
Save Time and Money
Think about how much money you make per hour. If you’re a salaried or a commission based employee, take how much you plan on making this year and divide it by the hours you anticipate you will work (usually 35-45 hours per week for most people). Now, most of the time, if you were to try and do your own pest control, it would take about hours per month of work.
Take your estimated hourly wages and multiply it by 3. For a regular pest control service, the cost is usually between $30-40 per month. If your wages multiplied by 3 is more than $30 or $40, then it would make more sense to hire a pest control company than trying to do it yourself.
Eliminate Pests the Right Way
Unfortunately, there isn’t a product on the market that will eliminate all pests under the sun (wouldn’t that be nice). Different pests require different products to get rid of them and they can sometimes require a special license to use the products. Long story short, a professional is going to know exactly what products to use and where.
More Effective Products
Over the counter pest control products tend to be used more for spot treating or contact killing. The products that a pest control company has access to and uses are more effective and longer lasting than the products that can be bought at the store. It’s important to be able to break up the egg cycle of insects, so having a residual effect is especially important to eliminate your pest problems. If you can’t break up the egg cycle, you will most likely not get rid of the pests for good.
Less Property Damage
Pests like termites, silverfish, rodents and plenty of other bugs can permanently damage your home if they aren’t taken care of soon enough. Once again, the products that a pest control company will be using are much more effective than the over the counter products from your local store. When it comes to the structural integrity of your home, it’s a dangerous gamble to try and apply a temporary band aid with store bought products.
Keep Food Safe
Pests need a source of food and water to survive. Your pantry and kitchen are like heaven on earth for insects and they will do anything they can to get to your food. Indian meal moths can eat through the cardboard of cereal boxes and mice can chew through bags and containers of food. Having a regular, recurring pest control treatment plan will ensure that your food isn’t being shared with any critters.
Keep You Healthy
Insect droppings can have harmful effects to humans. Not only are their droppings harmful, but most insects are covered in germs and even diseases, so it’s important to keep insects away so that you and your family aren’t at risk for any diseases or sicknesses. In addition to being carriers of germs, some pests like bed bugs or mosquitoes will bite you, increasing your chances for infection.
Advice from the Experts
Pest control companies, aside from providing value through regular pest control services, can provide valuable information to a homeowner about how to help prevent future infestations. You can think of your pest control technician like a personal pest consultant. They will tell you exactly where and how the pests are getting into your house and what actions you can take to keep them from getting back in and nesting.
A Customized Solution
When it comes to pest control, there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution. When you hire a local pest control company, they will be able to customize a plan that will perfectly fit for you and your family’s needs. Pest control technicians take into account the square footage of your home, the season of the year, the weather outside, the types of pests you are seeing and even where you are seeing the pests. All in all, having a custom solution will be the most effective way to pinpoint and eliminate all of the pests on your property.
Proactive vs. Reactive
Think about the last few doctor or dentist visits you had. Were they routine checkups like a physical or a dental cleaning? If you’re staying on top of your health and hygiene, you most likely visit doctors before problems show up, rather than after. This way of thinking makes perfect sense in terms of your health, but the same concept is easily translatable to pest control. Unfortunately, most people don’t hire a pest control company until the problem is well established and harder to get rid of. Just like preventive maintenance with doctor and dentist visits, it’s important to have preventive maintenance with pest control by hiring a pest control company. A proactive and regular approach to pest control is the most effective way to keep your home pest free.
Peace of Mind
After a long week of work or taking care of things around the house, worrying about insects invading your home is probably the last thing you want to do. When you hire a pest control company, the burden of eliminating pests longer rests on your shoulders but rather on the shoulders of your company. When it comes to quality of life and peace of mind, having a pest control company regularly servicing your home is well worth it.
Higher Resale Value
When trying to sell your home, the value that is placed upon your home is crucial. Anything that can increase the value of your home is definitely worthwhile. Although it’s something that many homeowners don’t think about, having a regular pest control service can help increase the value of your home. Being able to say to a potential buyer “I can guarantee that there aren’t any bugs nesting or breeding here” can be just the thing that could close the sale, especially in an area like Pearland where termites and carpenter ants are very common.
Pest Free Guarantee
When you purchase a pest control product from your local store, what happens if you use the product and it doesn’t get rid of the bugs? Well, you’re out of luck and you will have to buy more product. When you use a local pest control company, they usually give you a pest free guarantee, meaning that if you see any bugs between your regular services, they will come back for free to eliminate the problem. Even if that free return visit doesn’t quite get rid of all of the insects you’re seeing, most companies will keep coming back for free visits until the issue is eradicated.
In the end, there are plenty of worthwhile reasons why you should consider a regular pest control service. Not only will you have the peace of mind that your home and family are protected, but long-term you will save time and money by hiring a professional.
If you’re convinced that you’re ready for a regular pest control service, then contact us today.