The Hazards of DIY Pest Control

Seeing evidence of bugs around your home can be alarming. Whether you spot a cockroach or a wasp nest, bed bugs, or ants, one thing is certain – you want them out, and you want them out fast.

Some people will call a pest control professional like Modern Pest to address the issue. But “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY)-enthusiasts are likely to grab a pesticide from a nearby store and attempt to tackle the infestation on their own. But can there be hazards to DIY pest control?

As trained and licensed professionals with years of experience in the field, the Modern team is aware of the risks involved in pest control. Any DIY attempt to drive out household pests without careful planning and proper preparation can easily backfire.

There have been various incidents where homeowners suffered physical harm, inadvertently damaged their property, and even caused fires while trying to get rid of an infestation.

You certainly don’t want a tiny creature to wreak havoc in your life.

Here’s a detailed comparison of professional vs. DIY pest control that will help you understand why it is important to leave this job to the pros.

Health Risks

Pest control professionals know how to safely apply materials in the smallest amounts needed to address your issue. They know precisely where to target the pests to stop them in their tracks.

Applying materials yourself could result in overuse and ineffective application in the wrong areas. Using materials incorrectly can also result in respiratory issues or allergic reactions.

Spraying cans of pest repellent anywhere you spot an insect can also put your family and pets at risk of inhaling the product. Skin and eye irritation can occur if these materials are used haphazardly.

Hiring a professional pest exterminator significantly reduces the health risks for you and your loved ones. A pest control professional will inform you of the necessary safety measures that must be taken with each application. The extensive training and experience of the Modern team keeps everyone safe.

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Home Damage

While you might be able to kill off a bug or two without the slightest damage to your belongings, can you keep your stuff safe when dealing with an entire colony of insects?

One of the biggest hazards of DIY pest control is possible property damage. For instance, you might ruin your linens when dealing with bedbugs. Or you can leave stains on the walls when spraying materials in the nooks and crannies around the house.

It is not uncommon for homeowners to notice structural damage in the house, especially if they were unsuccessful at driving out carpenter ants on the first attempt. And before you notice their presence again, they might have already caused considerable damage.


Placing traps around the house to catch rodents can be dangerous, especially if you have kids or pets on premise. Many people go for other insect-killing substances such as mothballs to prevent the growth of larvae and keep nuisances like ants and cockroaches at bay.

What they fail to realize is that these materials might not be suitable for eliminating the particular pests in the first place.

If you hire a professional pest control company rather than taking matters into your own hands, you can rest assured that the pests will be exterminated efficiently.

Pest control experts have up-to-date information about the best products in the market and are fully aware of what materials will drive out these invaders in the least amount of time and inconvenience to you.

Don’t let a few pests become an infestation, call Modern Pest!


Buying an insecticide off the shelf and applying it yourself might seem like a more cost-effective solution as compared to hiring a pest control service. While hiring a professional might cost you a little extra, it is a more permanent solution and actually proves less expensive in the long run.

DIY pest control products are usually cheap, which often means that they are not as effective in eradicating the infestation as the high-quality products used by professionals.

With repeated failed attempts, you might eventually be forced to seek help from pros like the ones at Modern. You will likely save money  by calling in a pest control provider like Modern directly. The Modern team can also treat your home year-round and get ahead of any seasonal pest issues you might encounter.

The Modern Solution

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of professional vs. DIY pest control, it’s time to call Modern!

Modern’s Homecare Green program protects against over 55 common household pests, including mice, rats, stinging insects, carpenter ants, and cockroaches. Our Homecare Mosquito, Flea, and Tick service protects against all three disease-spreading vector pests. We also have plans that target bed bugs, wildlife, and more! Call Modern today at 1-800-323-7378 for more information or to schedule service.