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Why You Don't Need to Call an Exterminator for Bugs

Updated on December 8, 2011

What Exterminators Do

In general, bug exterminators spray a mixture of pesticides in corners, behind furniture, around the entrances and in out-of-the-way parts of the house. The exact mixture of bug spray that is used often depends on the company that the pest exterminator works for and the type of bugs that are being sprayed for.

If you have a roach problem, exterminators often use a mixture that will kill roaches as well as keep the ones that survive from reproducing. This is often a lot more effective than using a regular pesticide spray because of the resistance that bugs are building up to the standard commercial pesticides. After decades of use, these pesticides are killing fewer and fewer bugs, leaving the expensive practice of hiring pest exterminators less than effective.

Roach Bait

A pest control service may use roach bait or ant bait to make up for the ineffectiveness of the bug sprays. Exterminators who both spray and use roach bait or other bug baits are taking advantage of the effectiveness of baits to make up for the ineffectiveness of the sprays. Roach bait is far less expensive than calling in a bug exterminator, and it's extremely simple to do.

And, using roach bait is less toxic than having the house sprayed with bug spray. The sprays that are used by exterminators have known carcinogens in them, including permethrin. These can cause countless health problems, including cancer, skin rashes and neurological damage.

Killing Bugs Without an Exterminator

There's no need to call in an exterminator if you can get your hands on some roach bait, ant bait, glue traps and some bug gel. None of these will harm the air quality inside your house and you will save hundreds of dollars every year on exterminator bills.

When you think about what exterminators actually do, the prices they charge, often $100 a month and up for regular treatments, is really kind of outrageous. For about $10 you can have a nice arsenal of bug killers at home that will work for several months- and you don't have to worry about the health problems that bug sprays can cause.

If you're paying $100 a month for treatments from an exterminator, for about $10 you can take care of the bug problem for six months. That means a six-month savings of $590, and a yearly savings of $1,180. Imagine what you can do with that much extra money per year- personally I'd probably blow it all on dog toys, but it's also possible to use it to pay down debt or take a weekend vacation.


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