Homeowners find a sense of pride in taking care of their properties. You keep the lawn green and trim, you keep the roof in good shape, and you locate and destroy any destructive pests that may be lurking about. Homeowners sometimes feel like they need to tackle every task themselves, “my house, my problem.”

Although you may feel this way, in most cases it is better to call trained professionals. This is especially true when dealing with cockroaches. Cockroaches are not a challenge for amateurs to try and tackle. When it comes to cockroaches, there is too much on the line for a DIY-guy to attempt extermination on his own. Cockroaches spread over 30 diseases and transmit six different parasites. If you have cockroaches, the health of your family is at stake.

Here is how NOT to handle a cockroach infestation:

Leaving Loose Debris

Don’t leave food readily available for pests. They live to eat, and if you leave dirty dishes in the sink or your kids leave their plates in their rooms, your house is effectively a cockroach buffet. Keep pet food in sealed containers. Trash cans need to have a sealed lid and you must keep your garbage containers away from your house. If you have already spotted cockroaches, it would behoove you to not provide them with a catered lunch.

Thinking You Conquered the Colony

People who attempt to handle their own roach infestation mistakenly think they have defeated the invasion of the cockroach army because they have trapped a few or left a few carcasses in their wake. It doesn’t take long for them to realize there they did not get them all. Rarely will an amateur be able to completely eradicate an entire colony.

Don’t buy Toxic Pesticides at the Store

As a homeowner you may feel inclined to tackle each threat to your investment on your own. The sprays that can be purchased over the counter at the stores are effective in killing cockroaches on contact, but they do nothing about the colony. Cockroaches multiply at a very high rate, so killing one or two with spray is not solving any problems. In fact, the sprays are full of harmful pesticides. These toxins are powerful enough to kill the bugs but can also be extremely harmful to your pets and your family.

Not Calling a Professional

The biggest takeaway is that you need to call a trained professional to get the job done right the first time. Don’t risk the health of your pets and your children by haphazardly spraying the house like a mad man. You will be one person standing against an entire legion. You are going to need some backup for this war.

Be a real hero to your house and schedule an appointment with the highly trained professionals from Premium Termite and Pest Control.