DIY Pest Control Gone Bad


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In todays cash strapped world, an increasing number of us are choosing to ‘do it ourselves’ when it comes to jobs around the house. Anything from painting and decorating to laying flooring, to building extensions – it appears we can do pretty much anything we set our minds to.

However, there are a few jobs that are best left to the experts, one of those being pest and vermin control, especially jobs that require the elimination of stubborn pests and vermin, such as bed bugs, rodents and termites.

There are several online tutorials and ‘how to’ guides talking you through the process, which sound relatively easy and effective. However, they often leave homeowners out of pocket and injured, usually without even fully sorting the problem.

Here are some examples of DIY pest control gone very bad:

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In 2010 a woman and her mother tried to take the fight against bed bugs into their own hands. Bed bugs cannot withstand high temperatures, so the two women decided to try to heat the bedroom to sauna like conditions using a camping grill. This resulted in a fire and an unscheduled visit from the fire department, who couldn’t quite believe their eyes.

The crazy idea was formed from some advice the pair read on the Internet, which seriously backfired. And guess what? They still have bed bugs!

Fogger Disaster

A lady in North Carolina was so frustrated with having bed bugs she bought 18 cans of fogger to try to eliminate them. However, if not used in the correct way, fogger spray can cause serious injury and in some cases even death. Sadly, this lady died shortly after administering them around her home without the correct protection.

Squirrel in the attic

A British Man was recently fined a significant amount of money for drowning a squirrel he had caught in a cage trap. Another was fined for incorrectly setting a squirrel trap and inadvertently trapping and killing a woodpecker.

Glue Boards

Glue boards are frequently seen as quick and easy solutions to vermin and pest problems. However, it’s worth noting that professional pest controllers will only use them as a last resort. There have been numerous incidents where cats, kittens and owls have been caught on a glue board, causing unnecessary suffering and trauma.

So it’s pretty clear to see that DIY pest control may not be the great, cost effective method of eradicating pesky bugs you think it will. More often than not people end up spending more money on DIY pest control than if they had just called the experts in.

The pest control industry is heavily monitored and regulated and puts it’s employees through extensive training before attempting to operate in people’s homes. Young children and pets are particularly at risk when chemicals are misused or overused by amateurs in the home.

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  • MArk November 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    It is better to leave the chemicals and pest control to professionals. No matter how cheap you are, safety comes first.

  • Mary Gutierrez April 28, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I always rely on professional to handle the exterminating of pest when a harmful chemical is involved.

  • Troy Rivera June 27, 2016 at 3:12 am

    We do chemical to exterminate insect they died but the bad thing is they continue multiply, and I observe every time I used chemical I’m killing my self instead the insect, it’s hard to breath when using chemical and my concern is my little kiddos so I stop using chemical.. Now I’m thinking of what is the best way to terminate pest without needing chemical, I hope there’s anyone give advice that can help me into my problem..

  • Julena Redman July 5, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Impressive article information you shared. Appreciated..!
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  • Christina October 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Your point about the dangers of glue boards with small pets is probably a good warning for homeowners who have them. And your warning using the 2010 women who tried to get of bed bugs will probably help some readers as well.

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  • Mark Sauls February 22, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Excellent talking point…

    DIY pest terminator is better than chemical for me.
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