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Why DIY Pest Control Using Insecticide Sprays Don’t Always Work?

Every now and then, we find ourselves plagued by a pesky mosquito buzzing around our homes or spot a dirty cockroach creeping around our bins. Our first natural instinct is to run for our nearest can of insecticide, hoping we are fast enough to get to those little critters before they escape.

And while this gives us an initial sign of relief that the insect is killed, the effect is temporary and short-term at best.

You see, insecticides are effective at only killing pest that surfaced from their hiding place. It works wonders when our goal is to kill the pest that we can see but not those that are hidden.

In other words, if you find yourself in the midst of a pest infestation, DIY pest control methods like using over the counter insecticide sprays will not help you solve your problem.

Here’s why…

In most cases of a pest infestation, you may not realise that you have a colony breeding right under your nose until the infestation becomes really severe. The roaming cockroaches you spot in the day are those that have been pushed out of their nest.

Just killing that single cockroach doesn’t solve the problem at hand. You need to tackle the root of the problem and find its nest.

This is why many Singaporeans turn to a professional pest control company when faced with pest problems in their homes; DIY pest control methods are just plain out not effective.

What Can Homeowners Do Instead?

Thankfully all is not lost, and there is something you can do to tackle the problem before it goes out of hand.

For starters, prevention is always better than cure, hence you should work towards keeping your home bug free. There are many off-the-shelves solutions that are affordable and effective in repelling or keeping these little pests away.

The key is active prevention. Make it a point to wipe your countertops and other kitchen surfaces to remove food particles and any odour. Do you have a leaky tap or pipe in your house? Fix any leaky faucets as insects are attracted to leaks. It provides them with a good source of water for their survival.

The goal is to keep your home clean and tidy.

What Should You Do If An Infestation Still Occurs?

This part may get a little tricky as you first have to identify the type of pest you’re dealing with. This is important to help you decide if it is a pest that moves with a colony or does it move around alone.

In most cases, you have to find its nest for a total eradication. Killing the stray pest that pops up would not solve your problem, especially since most pests breed very quickly.

Learn more about the pest you’re dealing with and if in doubt, contact a pest control professional to come in and remove them for you. Keep in mind that it can take a few weeks to completely clear your house of those pests.

You’ve read our views on DIY pest control and its effectiveness. What are your thoughts? Do feel free to share them by commenting below.

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