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"DIY pest control and integrated pest management is a combination of using chemical products, along with enacting preventative, mechanical, and cultural practices to control your target pest."

DIY Pest Control: How To Do Your Own Pest Control

Whether it's your home or place of business, you may at some point have to deal with a pest infestation of one form or another. Pests of all types can commonly invade a home -- flies, spiders, ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and rodents just to name a few.

Each pest has its own tendencies and habits which is why it's important to know a little bit about the pest to recognize what they like and what they don't like as well as what application method is the best way to eliminate them.

This page is dedicated to performing general do it yourself pest control. Rather than targeting one pest, we'll go over the steps you can take and the products you can use to treat for multiple pests, inside and out, for both curative and preventative pest control.

Since Solutions Pest & Lawn is a DIY pest control supply store, you can rest assured that the products we suggest are the best out there for your specific pest problem. 

For a more detailed treatment plan for your target pest, you can browse our library of specific common pests. They will contain nuanced guides and specific products for control and prevention. 

Identification

If you've seen an increase in pest activity, it does help to know what pest exactly you are treating in order for a more effective and focused application. When you're trying to identify a pest, there are some things you must consider that will help you get an idea of what you're dealing with.

  • Is the insect pest you're seeing crawling or flying (or both)
  • What are it's physical characteristics -- size, shape, color, leg count, and presence of antennae.
  • Where you are seeing them (indoors or outdoors?) and the time of day.

Answering these questions will help you to determine which pest or pests you have and, as a result, will help you get an idea of how to approach DIY treatment.

Inspection

Once the pest has been identified, you will want to look around for any environmental conditions that may be causing your pest issues. Most of the time some basic maintenance on a structure can help reduce pest activity.

Pests can enter a home or building through tiny cracks and crevices or voids around the structure. Doing a proper inspection of the property and noting where the pest activity is highest will help you achieve a more targeted application of pesticides. Once you have identified and corrected the conducive conditions then you can implement a proper DIY pest control treatment program.

Treatment

When conducting DIY pest control, it pays to use high-quality products that the professionals use over what big box retailers carry in the pest control aisle. This is because those generic retailer products are heavily diluted or watered down pesticides that may not effectively eliminate the pest problem.

The products that actually will work effectively are professional-grade DIY pest control pesticides and insecticides which we carry. Professional pesticides kill pests quicker, stay effective for longer, and only a small amount is needed per treatment so they will last you a long time.

After getting confirmation of where the location of pest activity is and/or their harborage area or nesting sit, you can move on to treatment. Before beginning any DIY pest control treatment, always wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and apply responsibly, being mindful of restricted use sites, drift, and limiting contact by people and pets to treated areas until safe. 

Indoor Insect Pest Control - Indoor pest control is 50% having preventive measures in place and 50% minimizing possible infestations.

  • Step 1: Our preferred general DIY pest control treatment indoors is a semi-annual preventative spray of Novacide Aerosol. If you don't currently have an infestation this product is amazing because it does the following: delivers a quick knockdown on any current adult pests, applies a residual insecticide that will kill new adult insects, and carries an insect growth regulator (IGR) to prevent new pest populations from forming for up to 7 months.
  • Step 2: For treating in hard to reach or liquid-sensitive areas, use D-Fense Dust with a handheld duster. This is an insecticidal dust that you can apply as a thin layer for insects to crawl through. This is ideal for treating areas like under appliances or behind electrical wall plates.
  • Step 3: Practice proper sanitation. Most pests indoors are either looking for food or water. By preventing those sources from being readily available you will cut them off at the source. This means cleaning up crumbs, oils, and other organic matter as well as regularly removing trash and making sure things being brought into the structure (food, furniture, clothing, electronics, etc) do not have active infestations.

Outdoor Insect Pest Control - Outdoor pest control is safe and easy. Insects generally enter in the same spots no matter the structure so eliminating and treating those target areas will provide excellent results.

  • Step 1: You will first want to eliminate all the environmental conditions that may foster pests. This includes vegetation, soil levels, moisture, cracks in foundation and walls, gaps in windows, doors and eaves as well as any holes in the structure where plumbing or electrical penetrates. You can do this using copper mesh, expanding foam, and caulk.
  • Step 2: Next, you will want to apply a quarterly treatment with a residual insecticide. Begin by using Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules. Because this is a granular insecticide, it can be evenly spread across the lawn to target any pests in the turf. After application, water in the product for deep soil penetration and long-term control.
  • Step 3: Create a protective insecticide barrier around your property by applying Supreme I/T liquid concentrate with a pump sprayer. Supreme I/T is a lethal and repelling insecticide that has a broad label and can be used on many surfaces (wood, concrete, vinyl). Mix this with water and spray around foundations, windows, doors, eaves and home penetrations to create a barrier that will kill any insects who cross it.
  • Step 4: You can also puff D-Fense Dust into voids around the structure, such as in weep holes or where plumbing or electrical wires penetrate the walls.

Indoor & Outdoor Rodent Control - Like insect pests, rats and mice will also enter the home or building if there is a hole or void large enough and if there is available food and water sources. 

  • Step 1: The first thing you need to do if you have rodent activity, is sanitize and seal up your home. Be sure that food and water are not easily available to the rodent. This means cleaning regularly, keeping trash in sealed trash bins and taking it out every day, and putting away pet food and water. After that, you will want to seal up any hole or void that a rodent could enter around the structure. If the hole is larger than a dime, seal it.
  • Step 2: For indoors, use Solutions Easy Set Rat Traps. These are durable, plastic snap traps that are easy to use and clean. Bait the traps without setting them and place them up against walls in areas that are common pathways for rodents to travel, such as under sinks, behind furniture, or in crawlspaces and storage areas. Rodents are skittish, so we bait and place without setting to first gain the rodent's confidence. After about 3 days, re-bait the traps and set. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the traps to keep your scent off the traps.
  • Step 3: For outdoors, use a combination of Eratication Rodent Bait and Solutions Bait Stations. Eratication is a powerful, multi-feed rodent bait made with peanut butter scents is irresistible to rodents. When rodents feed on the bait, they will die within 2 to 4 days. Place the bait in Solutions Bait Stations to provide a dark and enclosed space for the rodent to feel safe and eat the bait. The loaded bait stations will need to be placed against walls where rodents travel. These stations are tamper-proof; they come with a key that is required to open the lid. This will prevent children and pets from tampering with the station's contents.

Prevention

Prevention is the final key to total control of your specific pest problem. What you must do here mainly consists of environmental modifications to reduce the likelihood of reinfestation and making preventative pesticide applications. 

  • Keep the yard maintained, minimizing clutter, yard debris, and leaf littler. If you notice vegetation creeping toward the home or building, trim it back.
  • Keep your home or business clean by regularly taking out the trash, and removing any available food and water sources.
  • Fix any leaky faucets and address high moisture areas.
  • Be sure to also re-apply Supreme IT Insecticide every 3 months for continued control of a broad range of common household pests.

Key Takeaways

You Can Successfully Do Your Own Pest Control 

  • When you wish to conduct home pest control, it is always best to have an idea of which pest you are targeting and the conducive conditions. Identifying the pest followed by a detailed inspection is helpful in figuring out what product to use and where to focus your application.
  • Using a combination of expert advice from DIY pest control pros and professional quality pesticides will ensure you effectively eliminate your specific pest problem.

How To Perform DIY Pest Control

  • For total control, use a combination of pesticides, such as aerosols (like Novacide), liquid concentrates (such as Supreme IT), and dust (like D-Fense Dust). While a single pesticide can be enough to treat small infestations, using a multi-pronged approach is the best way to ensure you have complete and effective coverage.

Preventing Future Pests In Your Home

  • Remember to perform environmental modifications in your home or business to reduce conducive conditions that attract pests. Regularly check for any cracks, crevices, or voids, both inside and out, and seal these spots with caulk to keep pests out.
  • Preventative applications of a residual insecticide like Supreme IT Insecticide can deliver long term control of pests when performed quarterly.
Questions and Answers
  1. Q:We used FiPro to treat our termite problem…the solution worked perfectly but now we have huge small nat or fruit fly problem…I have read the nats/ fruits flies eat the dead termites and larva in the walls…is there a pesticide that will kill these flies…I have tried drain cleaners aerosol bombs and light traps please help!
    6/25/24
  2. Q:Do you put any water in the hose sprayer or use full strength
    5/23/24
    A:Most hose end sprayers mix product with the water that is being output as it sprays., but you will want to add water to the reservoir with your product. For best results, we recommend using a mixture that is 1 part product, 1 part water, and 1 part surfactant.

    Colin Travis

    6/7/24
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