When to Call a Pest Control Professional

Have you ever wondered when pest control is too much to handle on your own and when to call a pest control professional? Knowing where–and how much–nature belongs in your home is a balancing act. Achieving a completely pest-free home in Minnesota is not realistic. Your goal should be to maintain a tolerable level of pests, keeping in mind that tolerable means different things to different people. Our experts have provided the following information to help you navigate when to get professional help!

When do I need professional pest control?

Getting expert pest control help is necessary when the infestation level or type of pest poses a health risk, causes significant damage, or disrupts daily life (including extreme phobias of pests). Below are the common reasons a pro may be in order:

  • Severe infestation: If you have a severe infestation of pests you cannot handle on your own, it’s advisable to call a pest control company. Examples include widespread bed bug infestations, carpenter ant damage, or a large mouse population.
  • Health and safety concerns: Certain pests can pose significant health risks or safety hazards. For instance, if you have a wasp nest near high-traffic areas or individuals with allergies, it’s best to seek professional help to remove it safely. Similarly, pests like mosquitoes, ticks, or rodents can transmit diseases, and their control may require professional expertise.
  • Structural damage: If carpenter ants or rodents have caused significant damage to the structure of your home, it’s essential to involve a pest control company. They can assess the extent of the damage and implement effective control measures to prevent further harm.
  • Your personal threshold has been exceeded: This will vary widely, depending on the individual. For some, spiders and millipedes are part of having a basement in the Twin Cities. Seeing six or more legs on one creature causes extreme distress for others. An ongoing pest protection plan is advisable if you are highly pest intolerant.
A wasp next on your home
A bunch of boxelder bugs
pest control technician showing homeowner hole in garage where mice enter

Why should I use a trained professional for pest control?

  • Specialized expertise: Some pests require technical knowledge and equipment to handle them effectively. Proper identification and understanding of a specific pest’s behavior and reproduction cycle are critical to finding a long-lasting solution.
  • Regulatory compliance: In certain situations, calling a pest control company may be necessary to comply with local regulations or requirements. For example, if you run a food establishment or commercial property, pest control services may be needed to maintain a safe and hygienic environment and meet health code regulations.
  • Prevention and regular maintenance: Pest control companies can also provide preventive measures and regular maintenance to help minimize the risk of future infestations. 
  • Training and licensing: A licensed applicator must perform all pesticide applications in Minnesota. Proper use of products, as well as safety measures, are an essential part of this training.

Choosing a professional for pest control

Researching and choosing a reputable pest control company that employs safe and environmentally friendly practices is important. We have compiled a list of questions to ask a pest control company so that you can identify a company with the proper credentials.

Regular preventive measures and timely professional intervention can help you achieve a comfortable and pest-controlled living environment. Additionally, trained pest control professionals can set up monitoring and are able to detect activity to ensure measures are effective.

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