A Low-Cost Do It Yourself Home Pest Control Solution

To bad professional home pest control isn’t free. If it were free, we could all save a few bucks each month. I don’t know about you, but I hated paying $250 or more per year for pest management services? My motto is “Why Pay More When You Can Kill Pest Yourself For Less?”.  I have reduced my pest control cost down to around 50 dollars per year and you can too. Let me show you how.

My service technician would show up every month like clockwork. He’d spray around the house, in the yard, and a few times each year he would come inside and spray. The bug exterminator kept coming to my home with no end in sight.  I did see an occasional bug or two whenever the seasons changed. But for the most part, my house was bug-free.

But the technician still kept coming back again and again. This got me to thinking what would happen if I turned off pest control service? Would the vermin return right away? Then one day my technician told me something that commercial pest companies don’t want you to know. He said the monthly service calls were not needed and that I could get rid of unwanted vermin myself.

My Low-Cost DIY Pest Control Solution

The service technician, I told you about earlier let me in on some insider information. He said monthly treatments were not needed and that I could buy professional-grade chemicals to kill pests. He even told which professional-grade products I should buy.  Let me share the solution he gave me that has worked so well and continues to be effective to this date.

You’ll need two things for this DIY pest management control solution:

1. Hand Pump Sprayer

For starters, you will need a hand pump sprayer. A one-gallon capacity sprayer is enough to get the job done for most homeowners. Sprayers range in price from a few dollars to a few hundred. Don’t go out and buy the most expensive sprayer you can find. We recommend you start with something effective and inexpensive that can be used to apply pesticides in and around your house.

Chapin is the brand I like most and recommend. This name-brand sprayer is high-quality and affordable (under $20). Better yet, if you look closely Chapin is the brand that is used by most professional exterminators and lawn care professionals.

Click here if you’d like to buy a Chapin Hand Pump Sprayer online.

2. Chemicals

You will need a professional chemical product to spray that will eliminate and exterminate pests. My old technician suggested two products that are highly effective at control pests. The products are Talstar P (insect killer) and Demon WP (bug killer).

Talstar P is an inexpensive professional-grade chemical that you can buy online. Talstar P is odorless, does not leave behind unsightly stains, is rated for indoor and outdoor use. I bought a bottle of this insecticide three years ago and it’s still over half full. I spray my house twice per year and at this rate, my supply of Talstar P will last for at least a few more years. With this particular insecticide, you can target a range of household bugs and insects including ants, bees, earwigs, flies, fleas, mosquitoes, roaches, spiders, tick, and wasps.

Read some reviews and buy Talstar P online.

Demon WP is another professional-grade pest exterminator product to target and effectively get rid of ants, bees, chiggers, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, fleas, flies, mosquito, scorpions, silverfish, spiders, termites, ticks, and wasps. This pesticide comes in powdered form, mixes easily with water, and sprays effortlessly through a hand pump. Demon WP is labeled for residential and commercial use in, on, and around buildings and structures.  This is the product a friend of mine uses most often. He sprays inside his house every three months and has never seen a live bug since starting treatment.

You can buy Demon WP online or locally if it is in stock.

How to Spray and Treat Your Home For Pests

Okay by now you know my recommendation for home pest control. You know what equipment to buy and what pesticides to use. Now that you have your hand pump sprayer and one of the professional-grade products I recommend (Talstar P or Demon WP) you probably want to know where is the best place to spray. You can pray the bug directly – that’s what my common sense told me. Or you can be more strategic when spraying to totally eradicate those vermin.

To keep your home pest-free I recommend you spray every three months. To get the best effects and kill the most vermin you should spray and apply in the following areas:

  • Around doors, garages, and windows
  • Around the perimeter of the house
  • Directly on nests and mounds
  • Baseboards
  • In cracks and crevices
  • In and behind cabinets
  • Underneath and behind major appliances
  • Underneath sinks

Home Pest Control Options

When it comes to home pest control there are a few ways you can go about getting rid of your pests. You can do nothing, hire a professional exterminator, or do it yourself. Anytime you see a pest, you must take action if you want to keep a pest-free home.

Option 1

Option 1 is to “Do nothing”. This is the least preferred way to deal with bugs, insects, or any other pests problem. Your house could be invaded and overrun with bugs and insects if you decide to do nothing. Obviously. this is not the approach we recommend you take. The last thing you want is to have your home infested with pests because you failed to deal with the problem.

Option 2

Another option is to call a professional exterminator for help. You could pick up the phone and call your local pest management company. They will send a service technician to your house right away. You will be told they can not kill all the bugs with just one treatment and will be asked to sign a contract for monthly pest management services.  This option is the most costly and is unnecessary in most cases.

Option 3

A third even better option for home pest control is to do it yourself. If you’d rather do it yourself I have a low-cost pest management solution that will take care of just about every bug you will find in and around your house.

Pest Control Safety

There are a few things to consider about safety before you go off and do your own pest control. Pesticides are harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or when absorbed through the skin. You should be careful and wear protective gear whenever you work with pesticides. The health risks and effects are different for each type of chemical you use, therefore, you should always read the label before using a product.

The label will generally tell you when, where, and how to use the product as well as provide advice on what safety equipment you should wear.

At a minimum you must wear the following safety equipment when working with the professional strength pesticides and insecticides:

  • Chemical resistance gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Enclosed shoes and socks
  • Pesticide-Rated respirator (when spraying)
  • Dust mask (if using dust materials)

Here is another great piece of advice. After treating your house with pesticides, you should wash your clothing and take a shower. This way you can remove any chemicals that came in contact with your clothing and skin.

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Related Questions

What is the best product for home pest control?

I have researched and tested many pesticide and insecticide products for home use and found a few that work really well. The commercial pesticide and insecticide products I recommend are Demon WP and Talstar P. Both of these professional-grade pest products are rated for home use and will take care of your pest problems. When used as directed they are safe for family and pets.

If you are in need of commercial solutions that are effective at killing over 100 different bugs and insects then Demon WP and Talstar is the way to go. I have gotten the best results using these to deal with pest problems in my home and business.

What is the average cost for pest control service?

There are several factors that affect how much you will pay for services to remove or kill pests in your home. Square footage, type of pest, and treatment options are just three considerations that drive pest pricing. That said, the average cost for pest control in the United States is $250 – $400. These figures are national averages and such you can pay more or less depending on where you live and your individual situation.

The best advice I can give to you is to call around and compare prices before deciding on a service provider.

Can I do pest control myself?

Yes, if you have an insect or bug problem and a burning desire you can protect your property and family from pests. To get the job done you will need a sprayer and chemical pesticides to take care of any bugs and insects in the home. If you have rodent problems you will need to place traps throughout the house to deal with this issue.

But in most cases, as a homeowner, 9 out of 10 times you should be able to take care of your pest issues unless you have a full-out infestation. For termite pest infestations, you’d be better off calling in a professional exterminator to control the issue.

What do professionals use for pest control?

Service technicians and exterminators use many of the same products and pesticides that you can freely by in today’s marketplace. They use professional-grade insecticides and pesticides to kill and control pesky bugs and insects. For rodent control and extermination, professionals rely most often on baits, poisons, and traps to capture & kill mice and rats.

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Lynn Edwards

I founded DIY Pest Control Guide with the intention of sharing practical, user-friendly pest control strategies. If you need assistance, reach out to me at lynn@diypestcontrolguide.com - I'm here to help you reclaim your peace of mind.

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