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4 DIY Pest Control Projects That Rarely Work

The internet is a magical resource that can help the average consumer accomplish some amazing tasks. By watching a few YouTube videos, you can learn to sew a dress, fix a car, or build a pallet board table. But there are some projects you shouldn’t attempt at home – even if your favorite YouTube star suggests it’s doable.

Oftentimes, pest control is one such project. It can quickly turn into a sticky situation if you go about it the wrong way. It’s true that there are many forms of pest control that you can handle yourself. For example, setting up sticky traps for hobos is a simple, effective, non-hazardous job. However, when it comes to more serious infestations, like the following scenarios, it’s always best to leave things up to a professional.

  1. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one infestation that very few people have success handling themselves. These little critters burrow into your mattress, sheets, comforter, carpet, furniture, and every other conceivable hiding place. Then, they come out at night to feed off the inhabitants of the home. Some people are not affected by bed bugs, while others develop rash-like welts as a result of their bites.  

There are many over-the-counter bed bug control methods, but the problem with bed bugs is that they can burrow so deep into all of your things that it’s almost impossible to eliminate them completely, without some kind of industrial chemical.


The other risk with bed bugs is that they can easily be transferred through your clothing, hair, or bag to a hotel room, airplane, school, or any other public place. Nobody wants to be the person that started a bed bug infestation, so it’s best to take care of it right away before the problem spreads.

  1. Major Ant Infestations

Ants are another pest you don’t want to mess around with. They may seem harmless, but they can contaminate your food and carry diseases. There are actually several things you can do at home to get rid of a small ant infestation, like sealing up cracks, storing food properly, and eliminating crumbs. There are also over-the-counter sprays that can be applied to windowsills and doorways to prevent ants from gaining access.

However, when you have a major ant infestation, and none of your DIY methods have made a difference, it’s time to call the professionals. They can find tiny cracks and other issues that are allowing ants to get inside your home, and seal those cracks up.

  1. Large Rodents

If you have a problem with large rodents (anything bigger than a mouse), it’s not safe to tackle yourself. Squirrels and raccoons may look adorable and friendly, but if you enter their space, you’ll find out just how frightening and territorial they can be. You’ll wind up with scratches and bites, and likely be nowhere near solving the issue.

Even if you’re not afraid of a few scratches and bites, you should still be wary. Large animals carry diseases, like rabies, salmonella, and Hantavirus. A pest control professional can safely remove the offending rodent and make sure it doesn’t return. 

  1. Termites or Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage to a home. They may be small, but they’re large in number, and they make it their mission to chew right through the supports around your home, which poses a major safety risk to you and your family.

This isn’t something that can be easily handled with some bug spray and caulk, like many other pest control issues. Instead, it must be handled with professional care. An expert can assess the damage, rid the home of the pests, and then make recommendations on how to go about repairing the damage.

When it comes to ridding your home of the worst kinds of pests, it’s best not to chance it. Leave the difficult stuff up to the professionals and only take care of the little things at home.