You might never have thought about taking on your own pest control duties, but it is remarkably easy and cheaper than you might think. With DIY pest control centers opening up all over the country, it is easier than ever to get started. Let’s look at just how much you can save with DIY pest control and then put you on the right track to become a capable bug stopper.
Mosquito Treatments – $1200+
Mosquito control treatments are all about giving you back the outdoors. Almost everyone can benefit from it, but children and those sensitive to mosquito bites will yield the best results.
The treatment for mosquitos involves spraying a safe chemical, usually Permethrin on locations where mosquitos like to linger and lie in wait. To people and pets, the chemical is non toxic because we have the ability to break it down, but it kills mosquitos on contact.
As far as cost goes, the bill for mosquito control will depend on the size of your home. For most homes under a half an acre, expect to pay 300 to 500 dollars per quarter. That cost covers a spraying about every 3 weeks. With this high cost, the potential savings are obvious. Learn to do mosquito control yourself and get 1200 dollars to 2000 dollars a year back in your pocket.
General Pest Control – $400+
General bug treatments can take several forms. A pest control company can simply spray the exterior of your home, creating a barrier, or they can spray inside your home. Either method will generally yield the desired results unless you are dealing with an existing infestation.
Whatever the case, these treatments are something that you can do yourself in order to save money. In fact, you could argue that you may be able to do the job better since you will be more motivated to actually spray all of the areas you need sprayed.
But how much can you save doing your own general pest control? An easy estimate would be 400 to 1000 dollars a year.
Termite Control – $500+
Termites are pests that can do quite a bit of damage to a home’s structure. That being said, fear of termites can cause home owners to fall for some pricey termite control programs. Termite control can come in a lot of forms, none of which are overly complicated or really merit such high costs.
You can have a chemical barrier sprayed around your home, you can treat the structure itself or you can use bait stations to monitor termite activity. All of these are things that you can easily do yourself with just a little effort, effort that you will be highly rewarded for. How much can you save doing your own termite control? Around 500 dollars to 800 dollars a year on average.
Now, let’s add up all of these costs and get our grand total which comes to 2100 dollars to 3800 dollars a year. That is a lot of money to spend on bug control, especially when you can do the work yourself. Sound like money you want to save? Here is how you can get started.
Getting Started With DIY Pest Control
Saving money on pest control could not be easier. Simply locate a DIY pest control store online or preferably in person. You might have never heard of these stores, but they are out there. Stores tend to be located in smaller strip centers and off the beaten path. That can make them a bit harder to find than the big box stores.
Speaking of which, you can usually find DIY pest control at the big home improvement stores, but it is not the best option. The quality of the products available is not as good and you do not get the expertise which is what you are really looking for.
Find a local store and go in for a visit with a little time on your hands. When you are done, you will walk out with all of the supplies you need and the knowledge to go with it.
Should you not have a local store to turn to, go to the online market. You should still be able to find the products you need, you just will not get the experience. Not a problem though. For the experience, turn to YouTube. There are plenty of videos out there that can teach you everything that you need to know about pest control.