Nobody plans for a pest infestation or outbreak, so it’s understandable that many find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to bringing in the experts, or, rather, perhaps not bringing in the experts.

With that in mind, it can be helpful to have a reference point for how to know what to do when the worst happens, or even when it hasn’t happened yet. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and never is this truer than when it comes to pest control.

Here are four common mistaken approaches to pest control.

Once the worst has already happened, there’s no rush

One commonly-held view about pest control is that, once you’ve got a problem, you’ve got a problem, so you may as well deal with it when is convenient for you. After all, the worst has already happened, and the only benefit to this is that it can’t get worse – so at least you have nothing more to fear, and you needn’t rush your way to the nearest pest control professional.


The worst has never already happened. For you, one visible pest may be the bottom line, but seeing one usually means there’s more, and given how quickly many pests multiply, it often means that, soon enough, there’ll be plenty more. Do not leave pest control to the last minute. If you suspect something, deal with it then and there.

Visible infestations are the only ones that warrant action

As we’ve already established, seeing one doesn’t mean there’s only one – it probably means there are many more. Similarly, seeing nothing doesn’t mean there aren’t any pests. Apart from the fact that many pests have evolved to hide, termites, for example, don’t result in visible infestations and certified termite technicians are the only people who’ll be able to tell you if you’ve been sharing your home with the not-so-friendly creatures.

Pest control operates on a one-size-fits-all model

This is certainly not the case. You may think you’ve correctly identified a risk, and may respond with a certain pest-specific control measure, but a) it’s easy to mis-identify pests and b) one measure which kills all pests of a certain kind in sight may not even remotely bother another kind of pest.

DIY methods can match professional methods

DIY pest control methods can be effective, but their effectiveness is often very limited, and extremely time-sensitive.

For instance, many over-the-counter methods are only effective when wet, and will only affect those pests who come into direct contact with it, leaving the numerous hidden pests unaffected. Some pesticides can even be actively harmful, and remain in your home for years, leaving your family exposed to toxic chemicals.

If you think you may need the services of a professional pest control company and live in the Southern Ontario area, then call Mr Pest Control on 1-888-794-PEST for a consultation.

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