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Should you do your own pest control and be buying pest control products?

June 10th, 2016 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services

If you do your own pest control and are spending money on pest control products, there are a few things you should know.

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The downside if you do your own pest control and use over-the-counter pest control products

If you already do your own pest control, keep doing it, however there are a few downsides to solely relying on over-the-counter pest control products for your home pest control. The most effective solution for home pest control, if you want to do your own pest control, is to combine it with a professional pest control service. When it comes to pest control, there are a variety of pest control products that may or may not work based on what kind of pests you have and tolerances or resistances certain pests may have developed. When you get over-the-counter pest control products and they are having little effect, you are basically out of luck. When you hire a pest control service they can switch up the treatments and/or products to something else that can get the job done.

Another benefit a pest control service can do for your home pest control.

An additional advantage for working with a pest control service is they are allowed to use pest control products that require a license.  A certified pest control company can use pest control products that you would have no way of getting if you do your own pest control. These products have some great additional benefits that over-the-counter pest control products won’t have. For example, most over-the-counter pest control products are easily washed away in the rain. The pest control products that a professional pest control service uses have a much longer shelf life and utilize adjuvants that make it so it can stay in place even if it rains. There is also a residual and time release component to products a pest control company uses for home pest control. Depending on what products are being used, they can last anywhere from a month to several months. Your average pest control products from the store won’t last that long.

Does your over the counter pest control product come with a service guarantee for your home pest control?

Service guarantees vary from company to company depending on what type of pest activities you are seeing. Many pest control services will return between their scheduled services if there is excess pest activity for free. Rove Pest Control, for example, will come back between their quarterly pest control service if you are experiencing pest issues. If your home needs an additional treatment they will come free of charge. Is the company that sold you the over the counter pest control products going to come to your home and help you keep your home pest free if you are still seeing activity after you use their products? Probably not. So if you do your own pest control, feel free to keep doing it, and also be sure to add on a pest control service to keep your home safe. If you are in the greater Minnesota Metro area and are experiencing pest issues be sure to set up a free consultation with us at Rove Pest Control!

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