With the temperatures falling and autumn just around the corner, every home owner has the season of fall pests to look forward to. From mice to crickets and every pest in between, you can avoid frustration by avoiding these Do It Yourself pest control fails.

1. Don’t Leave Mouse Traps in the Middle of the Floor!
When you’re trying to do your own pest control, it makes sense to put the mousetraps out in the open. Rodent pests are inquisitive, but due to their poor eyesight they often travel parallel to surfaces and use the same routes. The orientation of the trap is essential to effective pest control, so look for droppings and place traps perpendicular to the wall.

2. Are You Using Folk Remedies?
Pest Control Fails altWhen it comes to home remedies, folk cures, or untested methods for treating fall pests – don’t. The most effective way to get rid of pests is to use pest control methods that are tested and proven effective – whether you’re dealing with crickets, mice, or any other type of pest. Even if you choose to use natural remedies, research to find the most effective method of pest control. Electronic rodent deterrents? Save your money.

3. Speaking of Research – Know Your Pest
A common mistake when you’re trying to treat fall pests is not doing enough research. You may think that its common sense to just set traps or spray pesticides, but it’s important to know what type of pest you have and their habits – whether they are nocturnal, nesting patterns, etc.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask a Pest Control Expert
If you are treating for pests but they keep coming back, or you seem to have a problem eliminating the problem entirely, consult an expert. In some cases, it may be necessary to hire an exterminator for large infestations or persistent problems. While DIY may work for many problems, some require professional extermination.

5. Follow Directions
Don’t always assume more is better, or that you already know how to use a product. Whenever you start treating for pests, it’s important to make sure that you read and follow directions carefully to make sure that you are getting the most effective results from your pest control

6. Indoor, Natural or Organic Pest Control is Not the Same as “Safe”
Most pest control methods for treating rodents and insects are relatively safe if used properly. However, keep in mind that if you have small children or pets, there is always some risk when using pest control. Keep this in mind when you are treating for pests to make sure that your children and pets can’t get hold of traps or ingest poisons.

7. Look for the Source
No matter how effective the methods of pest control you utilize are, they can only do so much if you are not treating the cause. Clean the yard or house (or both) to get rid of areas where pests may nest or feed.

Want help? Contact the trained pest control experts at My Pest Pros today!