When you find a pest problem in your home, it is all too common that your first instinct is to treat it on your own. You head out to the nearest hardware store (or maybe order online), looking for a can of spray to eliminate the ants that have arrived in your kitchen. But this may not be the best idea; in fact, neglecting to call the professionals can leave you with a much larger problem than you anticipated, and you may end up spending a lot more too! The St. Louis pest control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions would like to offer a few tips on “what not to do” when you have found cockroaches, ants or a mouse infestation in your home.
DO NOT: Run for a can of spray
Pest control sprays that promise to kill the ants, cockroaches, or other pests may seem like a great idea at the time, but there are some downfalls to the use of such sprays. Even though over-the-counter sprays will kill the pests on contact, what you may not know is that they leave a barrier of repellent chemicals. This repellent will cause the pests to find new places in your home to hide, since the spray does not get to the source of the infestation. By the scattering of bugs, this creates a much harder task of finding the source of your pest problem and getting rid of it. So not only do you still have an infestation, but after spraying, it is a harder infestation to locate.
DO NOT: Check only the bed for bed bugs
Contrary to their name, bed bugs do not just live in your bed. Although you may wake up in your bed with bed bug bites, bed bugs don’t always hide here. Bed bugs are night time feeders which means they are looking for any dark spaces to hide during the day. This could mean that your headboard, night stands, under carpets, behind art work, or electrical sockets are infested with bed bugs. Any place that bed bugs can hide in the dark is good enough for them. On your next vacation, you want to make sure you are looking over the entire room so that you don’t bring the bed bugs back home with you.
DO NOT: Inspect for pests during the day
Just as with bed bugs, many other pests, including German cockroaches, come out at night. So if you are seeing signs of an infestation (like mouse droppings, cockroach feces, shed bed bug skins) but not the pests themselves, they are probably just waiting for you to turn out the lights. During the day there is more human activity and a much greater chance of pests to be caught, so don’t be surprised if you are only hearing the pitter patter of mice at night and then nothing during the day. Due to the trickiness of finding pests and identifying the source of the infestation, inspections are much more effective when done by a professional pest control company.
Although generally small in size, pests are not any easy fix, especially if you are guilty of the “what not to do’s”. You may not see an infestation such as ants as a huge problem, so it is easier to assume that a do-it-yourself fix will work. However, an infestation is a complex problem and only the St. Louis pest control pros are trained and educated to be able to identify and eradicate your home infestations. Next time you spot the ants or cockroaches, don’t run for the can of spray, run for the phone and contact Rottler. Our pest control company will be much more efficient than your efforts to exterminate the problem on your own. Leave the hard work to the professionals and rest easy knowing that ants are not marching and bed bugs are not biting.
This blog was originally published on January 18, 2012, but we have updated it to reflect the most recent and accurate information available in helping you combat frustrating pest problems.