Pest control is like love: it is illustrated in various forms and definitions: first love, unrequited love, and self-love among others. But even history dictates that the most complicated love is a long-standing love called ‘pragma’ which one usually feels towards their romantic partners.
Just like pest control, any long-standing treatment takes time, effort, and energy to do. It is best when it works complementarily with the pest that you are trying to get rid of. So, for example, if you are trying to kick out rodents, you cannot use solutions that are fit for bedbugs. In much the same way as you cannot use bedbug-control solutions for termites.
But like love, pest control is very confusing. Solutions differ depending on where you are in the world, what house you are living in, your lifestyle, and the way you manage your household. That is why there are various solutions offered in pest control, and there is absolutely no one-size-fits-all treatment. What works for you may not work for your neighbor, so a professional exterminator is needed if you need to get rid of these pests.
If only pest control is as easy as 1-2-3, then people wouldn’t have much of a problem. But it does not work that way, unfortunately. Experience is always the best teacher when it comes to pest control, so the more experience your hired pest exterminator has, the better result will be.
There is no set algorithm just yet to say that Solution A will work for everyone. There are many factors involved, and even the most experienced exterminators can even commit mishaps. It may be easy to hire a contractor for your pest control needs, but many times, your expectations may not be met. So, you get frustrated with the exterminator even though, in all honesty, it is not his/her fault all the time. The number of years of work experience will also not guarantee that the treatment applied is fool-proof.
There are several reasons why pest treatments fail. Here are some of the most common reasons:
1. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment
What works for you may not apply to your neighbor. In much the same way as what works for your neighbor may not work for you. There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to pest control because there are many factors involved. Some factors include climate, current weather changes, house materials used, and household and city waste management. These are some of the many factors involved and many times, these are out of the professional exterminator’s control.
Say, it’s the rainy season. For sure, there will be lots of pests getting out of their hiding areas during this time of the year. Even if you hire the best exterminator, there may still be sights of pests around the house. It is mainly because of the wet season which is something that many homeowners would grow to hate. Also, if you live in a city where garbage collection is only done once a week, then for sure, there is the big possibility of having pests lingering inside and around the house all the time. Waste attracts pests, so if you don’t get to get rid of garbage on a regular basis, then there is a big chance that you are attracting pests, too.
If you understand these factors, then you will not blame the exterminator for possible problems that may arise. But if the contractor is not good at all, then that’s a different story altogether.
2. You do pest treatments frequently
It is understandable as to why you would want to do pest treatments frequently. It may be because of your fear of pests invading your home, and you don’t want to subject your place into more damage. However, doing pest treatments frequently do more harm than good. According to Broadway Exterminating, it is because pests grow resilient to treatments the more that you expose them to these solutions, so instead of getting rid of them, you feed them and keep them in your home for longer.
The best solution to this is to not overdo on treatments. Remember, some of the worst pest invasion cases only allow for up to six months of once-a-week treatment. Any more than that is not recommended. Instead of doing pest treatments frequently, also do regular monitoring in your home. Check for possible pest infestation areas, and apply homemade solutions to them. Get rid of junk lying around the house, clean your home, and make sure to fix any leaky faucets. Leaky faucets, waste, and junk can attract pests, so if you get to fix these problems, then you can lessen the possibility of pests staying in your home.
These are some of the main reasons why pest treatments fail. The blame should never be placed on the exterminator alone. There are many factors involved, and remember that pest treatment is always a two-way street. There is no point in arguing with the exterminator if your house is a mess, or you do not even bother to get rid of junk in your house.