A young man in Maine recently set his family's house on fire while trying to exterminate ants with lit matches. The fire started when he accidentally ignited combustible materials.

The house and all of the family’s possessions were lost. The man was fortunate to escape with only second-degree burns and smoke inhalation. None of his family members were at home, but three loving pets perished in the flames.

Do-it-yourself pest control is rarely safe, effective or cost-efficient. Here are some good reasons to consult the experts:

Pest Control Requires Knowledge, Training, & Experience

There are more than 1,000 species of ants in the U.S. Are you good at identifying them? Do you know what makes your home attractive to roaches, mosquitoes or rodents?

Our technicians have extensive knowledge of pests’ preferred habitats, life cycles, and breeding habits. You can count on them to correctly identify your problem and offer the most effective solution.

Pest Control Is Dangerous Business

The chemicals used in pest control are designed to kill. If you’re not trained to handle them or don’t know that some shouldn’t be mixed, you might put your family, neighbors, pets or the environment at risk. Proper storage is also a critical concern for families with small children or pets.

Do-it-yourselfers endanger their health through exposure to toxic substances. They start fires unintentionally. They damage property and contaminate perfectly good soil. They unwittingly threaten wildlife and harm vegetation. They are stung by insects and bitten by rabid animals.

With so much at risk, it's wise to play it safe.

Home Methods Often Cost More In The Long Run

To an untrained eye, termites can go unnoticed for months. By the time an infestation is discovered, significant damage has already been done. Many homeowner policies don’t cover the costly repairs.

Also, what works for fleas and ticks rarely works for bedbugs and carpenter bees. There are no one-size-fits-all methods when it comes to pest control. You could waste a lot of time and money buying the wrong chemicals.

In short, do-it-yourselfers don’t know what to look for when they inspect their properties. They miss breeding sites that a veteran could easily pinpoint. They don’t have the necessary training or equipment to do a safe, thorough job, and there’s no one to answer their questions.

Let Premium Termite & Pest Control help. Our courteous technicians are trained in up-to-date, effective methods, and every product that we use conforms to Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Don’t wait until home methods have failed to admit that you need professional help. Call us today for an inspection, and enjoy a safer, more relaxing weekend.