answer is…maybe. There are many things to consider when deciding to hire a
professional or try a task yourself. How difficult is it? Is it dangerous? Is
there a steep learning curve? How much is it going to cost and what is my time
summer as I drove around, I noticed many people out applying Round-Up or other
weed killers to their lawns. You can buy it over the counter so it must be
safe, right? There is a HUGE settlement in California against the manufacturer
for people claiming they got cancer due to applying Round-Up. And
yet, you can see non-trained people using this product every day! Most that I
saw were wearing shorts and tee-shirts and flip flops. Not wearing the proper
protective clothing when applying is a big no-no! And it tells you right on the
label what you’re supposed to do. So my question to the victims who got cancer
would be, “did you read and follow label directions”? My guess is the answer is
And this is
just human behavior. Nobody likes to read the directions. My experience with
DIY types when it comes to pesticides is if a little is good, a lot is better.
So your typical homeowner will double or triple the amount of concentrate
called for, thinking they will get a better result. What they actually get is a
population of insects that become resistant to the chemical, and that makes
them harder to control in the long run.
Do you have
the right storage spot for chemicals away from children? Every year poison
control centers get thousands of pesticide poisoning calls. And chemicals need
to be stored within certain temperature ranges and with proper ventilation. Do
you have that at your home?
about someone setting off bug “bombs” and blowing up their house or apartment
in the process. Not only are these aerosols not very effective, they can
explode if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s expensive and dangerous.
Look, if you want to use a vacuum and some bay leaves or an ultrasonic contraption to control seasonal pests, go ahead and give it a try. But when it comes to the health and safety of you and your family you may find that it’s cheaper, more effective and safer to call a professional.