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Hiring a Pro vs. DIY Pest Control: Your Best Move for Keeping Bugs Out of Your House

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pest control professional spraying outside house instead of DIYCreepy crawlies making their way into your home may be a subject of your nightmares. If you’re like most people, you are concerned about keeping bugs out of your house—where they belong.

Of course, if you’re not taking action by spraying outside of the house for bugs, they very well may find their way in. Bugs are opportunistic and are after 3 key things—food, water, and shelter. If they think they can find those in your home, you can bet they’re going to try.

With these concerns in mind, you may be weighing the options of DIY pest control or hiring a pest control company in Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky. You want to feel confident about making the best move to keep bugs away.

Why Does Spraying Outside of the House for Pests Work?

When you think of pests, you might automatically think of an exterminator. But there’s another solution that may actually work better for your needs. The best way to keep outdoor pests from coming in is to meet them where they’re at—outside. After all, wouldn’t you rather get rid of bugs before they make their way inside (instead of addressing the problem after they’re already there)? The goal of perimeter pest control is to prevent interior pest problems in the first place by treating the exterior perimeter of your home.

Some of the pests that perimeter pest control works best on include spiders, ants, centipedes, millipedes, crickets, and earwigs, among others.

DIY Pest Control vs. Hiring a Professional

Now that you know that spraying outside of the house for spiders, ants, and other bugs can be highly effective, you might be wondering whether you should just try a DIY pest control spray or whether you should hire a pro. We have talked to customers who previously performed their own pest control and they’ve given a number of different reasons why they find hiring a professional to be the better option.

Here are a few things they have told us.


When a professional is handling this pest control service, you don’t have to worry about preparing or storing chemicals, cleaning and maintaining the equipment, or running out to buy more product when you need it. With the service being performed for you, it’s one less major hassle to worry about.


We’ve also heard homeowners tell us they simply feel safer having a pro handle these products. If you have young children or pets, you might not want to store concentrates of products in your shed or garage where they could accidentally have access to it. You might also be worried that with a DIY pest control spray, you’re applying it improperly or could make a mistake. Having a pro handle it takes away the uncertainty.

Better Results

Oasis pest control professional spraying shrubsHomeowners have also told us that since hiring a pro, they’ve had better results. There are a number of reasons this may be the case. For one, while everyone has the best intentions when they decide to perform DIY pest control, life often gets in the way. You may have intended to put down product four times throughout the year but only did it twice. As the barrier starts to break down, your home is suddenly not fully protected.

Sometimes homeowners inadvertently make mistakes or take shortcuts that also limit the effectiveness of the products they’re using. They might mix something improperly or perhaps their equipment is less effective than that of a pro’s. A professional is going to be using a truck-mounted sprayer that’s going to deliver the best possible results.

This type of sprayer delivers the active ingredient carried in a greater volume of water. This means getting products deeper into cracks and crevices where bugs frequently hide. As products penetrate deeper, it also increases their potential to remain effective for a longer period of time.

In addition to better equipment, a pro will also have access to professional-grade products and a background that includes extensive training. You can expect that better equipment, better products, and better methods are going to add up to better results.

Comparing the Cost of Perimeter Pest Control with DIY Pest Control

With all of the benefits that come with professional pest control, the only hold up to taking the leap is the question of cost. Most homeowners assume that hiring a pro is going to cost significantly more than performing the work themselves. However, when you add up the cost of premixed, diluted gallons of product as well as the equipment that you’ll need to apply that product, your DIY cost can quickly start to add up. Your time and hassle in having to run back and forth to the store any time that you need new product is also a consideration.

The fact is, if you’re already having (or considering) tree and shrub control and/or mosquito control performed, to add perimeter pest control to your services with Oasis is not that much more money. There are also no big contracts and “locked in terms” that a lot of big pest control or exterminator companies in Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky require. Once homeowners recognize all this, they can easily see the value.

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Keeping Bugs Out of the House with Professional Control

professional spraying perimeter pest controlBy choosing professional perimeter pest control, you’re making the choice to keep your home protected from unwanted pests. At Oasis Turf & Tree, we utilize a five-application program that begins in the late spring and runs through early fall, when pests are active. This will help add a great level of protection, year round.

Our program is thorough and effective, and generally costs less than what others charge. That’s because we use some of the same high-quality products to those that exterminators utilize on a regular basis to treat the exterior of your home.

Don’t let the pests win! By letting us create a barrier around your home, we can help restore your peace of mind that pests will stay outside where they belong. You can cast aside your worries and get back to life as usual.

If you’d like to learn more about perimeter pest control for your Cincinnati, Dayton, OH, or Northern Kentucky home, call us at 513-697-9090 or get your quote online and help us find the program that is best for you, then sit back and relax knowing these pests are being kept away.

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