Finding bugs in your home can be very distressing, especially if you’re unsure what type of bug it is and whether or not it poses any danger to you or your family. Should you hire an exterminator? What kind of exterminator should you hire? What if you don’t need an exterminator at all? In this blog post, we’ll explore these questions and more as we answer the question Should I hire an exterminator to spray for bugs in my home?

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Pest control technicians are trained to identify and safely treat for pest issues to protect your family, home and businesses.

What's Causing the Pests

If you see bugs or other pests running around your home, you’re probably wondering what’s causing them. Before hiring an exterminator to spray for bugs, it helps to first eliminate any potential causes inside and outside of your home. Spend a few minutes checking both areas and, if possible, eliminating any obvious problems that could be contributing. For example, check under appliances in your kitchen and make sure they’re clear of food particles; clear out pet food bowls; remove clutter from closets; throw away trash; fix leaky faucets, drains, and pipes (and unclog toilets); seal up holes where mice might enter from outdoors. Also think about whether there are times of the year when you tend to notice more bugs—if so, pay extra attention at those times.

The point is: Address all possible pest-causing issues before bringing in someone to spray for bugs in your home. You don’t want these issues to come back after the exterminator has left! Even if you decide that eliminating and preventing pest issues is not something you want to do yourself, these are issues that a pest control technician will likely recommend be addressed by you. Problems such as these are what we refer to as conducive conditions that can attract pests.

Do I Need to Call An Exterminator or Can I DIY?

If you’re thinking about undertaking a DIY pest control treatment, it’s a good idea to weigh your options first. But, first things first: do some research. You don’t want to try out a DIY method on your own without knowing what you’re dealing with or understanding how best to handle these pests—it could end up doing more harm than good. The CDC recommends you call a professional exterminator if you have spotted bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, and ticks; their bites can cause rashes and other skin conditions. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets can be dangerous if you are not careful or if somebody is allergic. Some homeowners feel comfortable dealing with stinging pests, while others prefer to have a professional handle these potentially painful pests.  

Whether you feel comfortable trying a DIY approach or calling a professional exterminator is often a personal choice. Should you go the DIY route, be sure to follow the label carefully. Using ‘just a little extra’ or not following the directions carefully can and has led to fatal results.

Tips for Finding a Good Pest Control Company

Here’s how to find a reputable pest control company that will do its job effectively. Ask for recommendations from friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors who have had pest problems before. Check online reviews about various companies – people love reviewing businesses! Read the good and bad reviews. No company or person is perfect! Read the company responses as well. Finally, don’t hesitate to call and speak with a representative at a company you feel is reputable; if they won’t talk with you, it may be a red flag. At My Pest Pros, our customer service team is very knowledgeable about all our treatments and services. However, a service manager or field technician is usually the best person to answer technical questions.

How Much Does It Cost To Call An Exterminator?

Imagine going to a restaurant and asking how much it is to eat. The price of your meal would vary greatly based on what you order unless they have a price fixe menu.

Similarly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question when it comes to pest control costs. This is one of the most frequently asked questions our office receives. The price of hiring a professional exterminator can vary greatly depending on factors like location, time of year, size of the home or property, the specific pest if it’s a major infestation or minor issue, and conditions in and around your home.

Our office can usually quote and schedule services over the phone, but some pest issues such as bed bugs, roaches, or termites usually require an in-person inspection.

Is it Time To Call An Exterminator For Insect Control?

You may want to consider hiring a professional exterminator if your home is plagued by infestations of bugs. A professional pest control company such as My Pest Pros can provide the peace of mind of knowing that your family and home are protected from major issues or even minor annoyances.

Call My Pest Pros at 703-665-4455 to protect your family today!