Best Practices for DIY Pesticides

Picture of a pesticide warning signIt goes without saying that if you should so happen to discover a full-blown pest infestation in your home that it is in your best interest to contact a professional exterminator. However, if you happen to notice a few pests here and there. An abundance of pest control products is available at your local store. It is crucial to know exactly how to apply these products/treatments correctly to not only rid your home of pests, but to also protect the health of you and your family. There are many resources available online and articles published by organizations such as the EPA. These resources will provide you with best practices regarding what products to use and how to safely apply them with minimal side effects to you and your home. To save you time and research, we have created a brief rundown of some of the most basic, yet effective rules to follow when using these products in and around your home.

Control the pests you mean to control

Logically, it doesn’t make much sense to buy wasp spray to keep mice out of your cupboard. But you would be surprised as to how simple it can be to misread a label and suddenly have a problem that is exponentially worse than the one you started with. A lot of American homeowners will try and cut corners to save a few bucks here and there, which is perfectly fine. But cutting corners ion the wrong places can end up not only being a waste of money, but a waste of time as well. If you are in possession of a pesticide product that treats spiders, there is a pretty good chance that it will not be effective on treating mosquitoes. Not only will it be ineffective, but it can also be potentially hazardous.

Understand the vocabulary

There three important words that the EPA uses when it comes to the risks of applying pesticides in or around your home: Caution, Warning or Danger. Each one of these words is self-explanatory for the most part. Read from left to right represents the amount of attention you should pay when applying the product that has one of these labels. Please understand that this is not to say that labels that have the word “Caution” on them should not be treated with care as well.

Safety first

Picture of a man spraying pesticide on flowers

Alarming doesn’t even begin to describe the number of homeowners who will store the pesticides they use near the same soap that they use to clean their dishes with. Not even to mention that these poisonous substances are within an arm’s reach of children and pets. Pesticides are dangerous and can be potentially fatal if ingested. There are EPA approved recommendations listed on the side of every store-bought pest control product. These instructions include safe storage recommendations, temperature specifications and an expiration dates. The labels also include the proper precautions to take when applying the products. Make sure to use goggles, cover any exposed skin and use gloves when applying these store-bought pesticides.

Of course if these EPA best practices are too hard to follow, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional pest control expert. They know the correct procedures, chemicals and applications to make sure that your home is pest free for good!