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Which pests should you leave to the pros?

When it comes to pests like bed bugs, cockroaches, and termites, DIY treatments will simply not suffice. These pests, and many others, can be notoriously difficult to eradicate. Bed bugs, for example, can hide in tiny cracks and crevices, making them challenging to locate and eliminate. 

These pests can pose significant health risks and property damage if not properly addressed. For example, termites can weaken the structural integrity of buildings, leading to costly repairs and potential safety hazards. 

Professional pest control technicians have the knowledge, experience, and treatment solutions necessary for thorough and effective pest control. They can accurately identify the extent of infestations, customize treatment plans based on the pest species and infestation severity, and provide ongoing monitoring and prevention measures to prevent re-infestation. 

Professional bed bug exterminator

Bed bugs are pests that are best handled by professionals due to the risks associated with DIY treatments. DIY methods can worsen infestations and spread bed bugs to other areas of your home. Bed bugs can cause itchy bumps on your body, or worse if you are allergic to these pests. Along with physical discomfort, they can also cause psychological distress. 

Finding and eliminating all bed bugs in your home can be difficult. These pests can hide in hard-to-reach places like electrical outlets, baseboards, and drawer joints. DIY treatments also fail to address bed bugs at all life stages, allowing them to reproduce and infest the home. Bed bug populations only take a few weeks to grow, so it is crucial to act quickly once you spot them. Professional pest control ensures thorough eradication and prevents future infestations with targeted treatments and ongoing monitoring.

Bed bugs in mattress

Termite extermination 

Termites are widely regarded as one of the most damaging pests to homes and are best handled by professionals. DIY methods often fail to eradicate termite colonies, leading to continued structural damage and costly repairs.

Termites on wood

Termites typically live in dark and damp environments within the wooden structures of homes, causing significant damage. They can be found in crawl spaces, basements, attics, and inside walls or furniture. DIY treatments may not effectively reach hidden termite colonies or adequately protect against future infestations. Professional pest control services utilize specialized techniques and products to eliminate termites and safeguard properties from further damage.

Cockroach pest control 

If you see one cockroach in your home, there’s a high likelihood more are hiding. On top of that, roaches hide in areas you may not think to check, like in drawers, behind refrigerators, and under the stove. 

Cockroach on sink

DIY roach control remedies often fail to eradicate cockroach infestations, allowing these resilient pests to multiply rapidly and potentially spread to other parts of your home. Cockroaches are pests you don’t want to mess around with. They’re known carriers of bacteria, allergens, and pathogens, posing significant health hazards such as food contamination, allergic reactions, and respiratory issues. 

If you have cockroaches, contact a professional about pest control services for residential areas. These experts possess the knowledge, tools, and treatments necessary to eliminate cockroaches effectively.

Professional ant treatment and removal

While DIY treatments may offer temporary relief from ants, they often fail to address the root cause of ant infestations, allowing colonies to persist and expand. Ants can contaminate food supplies and spread bacteria, while other species can cause structural damage by nesting in walls, floors, and foundations. 

Ants eating bread crumbs

DIY ant control solutions can accidentally cause some ant colonies to bud. Budding only occurs in some species, not all of them. This highlights the importance of identifying the correct species so proper treatment methods are taken. Budding can present a significant challenge for pest control efforts. When a colony buds, it can quickly multiply the number of nests and satellite colonies, making it even more challenging to eradicate the infestation. 

Professional pest control technicians can identify ant species, locate nests, and implement targeted treatments that eliminate colonies while minimizing risks to the occupants and property. 

Professional bat removal

Attempting to remove bats from your property can pose significant risks to both you and the bats. Improper handling techniques may result in bites or scratches from bats, which can transmit diseases such as rabies. Attempting to exclude bats from your home without the proper knowledge or equipment can lead to incomplete removal, leaving trapped or displaced bats inside the building. 

Bat inside home on the ceiling

DIY methods may inadvertently harm bat populations. Bats have a crucial role in ecosystems by controlling insect populations and pollinating plants. Professional pest control services offer safe and humane solutions for bat removal.

Remove snakes from your home

Snakes present unique challenges that are best addressed by professional pest control services. DIY attempts to remove snakes can be extremely dangerous and may result in bites, injuries, and even hospitalization if the species is venomous. DIY efforts may also inadvertently harm snake populations or disrupt local ecosystems. 

Snake on back porch

Professional pest control services offer safe and effective solutions for snake removal, minimizing risks to humans and wildlife. 

Why should you hire a professional pest control company?

Ehrlich is here to protect you and your family from pests. Our technicians will identify the pest(s) in or outside your home, create a tailored removal plan, and offer prevention advice. Schedule your free inspection today! 

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