Professional Pest Control...Or Just Do It Yourself?

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Fri, Jul 03, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

Professional Pest Control …Versus….Do It Yourself




Let’s face it; we are all looking to save a buck when it comes to the upkeep of our homes. From changing out our landscape to drought tolerant plants, reducing water consumption to DIY pest control. All great ideas, but sometimes these so called “DIY” advice can cost you more money in the long run if you don’t have the proper training or knowledge about what you are going to take on. Pest control is just one of those jobs some feel they can do.


Sure most home stores have a DIY pest control aisle full of all kinds of products and equipment. I find myself walking through these departments on the weekends and heard a coversation fielding all kinds of questions:

  • What do you have for controlling….?
  • Do I need special equipment to apply it?
  • Do I need to wear a respirator?
  • Will this harm my pets?
  • Do I need to leave the house?
  • Do I have to mix it or just use out of the bottle?

These are just a few of the questions I have heard. Sometimes the answers scare me, which is the reason I decided to write this blog.


Yes, we can run off to Sears and buy an elaborate collection of Craftsman tools to fix the family car, but having the tools will not make you a mechanic. Having a cart full of pesticides, sprayer(s), and determination to rid your home of pest is great, but it won’t make you a professional. What about knowledge of the specific pest? What aisle will you find that on? Sure some think, “I will just spray everywhere and everything I see, I am sure I will kill everything” That you might, but killing everything isn’t, or shouldn’t be the objective.

Nature is a funny thing; killing off beneficial pest sometimes causes a bigger problem than the one you started with. I heard yesterday a conversation between one of our licensed technician on the phone explaining what we would use in their situation and the potential client said “oh, I tried that, it doesn’t work” and promptly hung up. When you try things on your own without the knowledge of what you are doing, you will likely get results that are less than favorable and just blame the product for the failure.

When I started in this industry 40 years ago, I would say my level of knowledge was pretty much at this DIY guy’s level and quickly realized I was going to be just a “spray jockey” if I didn’t learn more about what I was doing. I quickly realized that the “just spray everything“approach to pest control wasn’t going to yield the results I wanted and my customers would not be happy. So I went to school and learned as much as I could about pesticides, mode of action, pest biology and identification and choice of treatment just for starters.

Today’s pest challenges are not always about pesticide. Greenleaf incorporates many tools in solving pest issues, and many have nothing to do with pesticide. We use an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach. Low impact products when needed along with cultural and mechanical changes. If you have questions about your pest control needs, we are always here to help, and that is always FREE.



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