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The temptation to buy some sprays or traps on your monthly grocery when pests make themselves at home in your home feel like a real alternative when you consider whether paying for pest control is worth it. In the long run, the benefits of professional pest control will often save you disappointment, money, and time. Let’s break down the benefits of going with a professional pest control service like Flick.

When you scroll through Takealot or your local grocery or hardware store you’ll see so many DIY pest control solutions, sprays, poison baits, sticky traps, and essential oils, that all make big claims of ridding you of your house of ants, rodents and other pests. When you look at the cost of these you will often wonder if this might be the solution, and for some small infestations, you may even be able to handle the issue yourself. However, if the pests have managed to properly make themselves at home or start causing damage to your home, they may prove to be a bit tricky to get rid of without professional know-how and equipment.

Is paying for pest control worth it?

Benefits of a Professional Pest Control Service

In general, shelling out for professional pest management services costs more than doing it yourself—at least in the short term. However, if you don’t take care of your pest problem quickly, it can turn into a full-blown infestation. If this happens, you may end up spending more on DIY solutions than you would if you’d hired someone at the first signs of an infestation.

1. Professionals Have the Proper Equipment and Training

Getting rid of an infestation may require speciality and knowledge of the pests you are trying to get rid of, which homeowners often simply don’t have. Most professional formulation strength ratio pesticides in relation to the LD50 ratio, are also not available to the public, as they require training to be applied correctly and safely. Professionals know how to use these pesticides, insecticides and rodenticides without endangering yourself, your children or your pets. (Read more about our treatment procedure here)

Professionals also wear adequate personal protection equipment like overalls, masks and gloves, protecting them from insecticides during the application, and sometimes against the pests that may carry communicable diseases.

2. Professionals Can Provide Proactive Pest Control Services

If you are the kind of homeowner that prefers to be safe than sorry, you can proactively schedule routine inspections to get a professional to give your property a once over and prevent any future infestations. As pest professionals, we often find secondary infestations upon entering a site and can advise on how best to treat the problem at hand as well as the preventative measures you can take to prevent an infestation from recurring or spreading.

3. Professionals Can Provide Peace of Mind

When you hire a professional, you buy yourself some peace of mind, and you don’t have to wrestle with the problem yourself. You won’t have to apply and reapply pesticides, check or empty traps, or remove nests, saving you time and giving you time to do more of the things you enjoy. Additionally, a professional that can take care of the problem quickly with much higher accuracy, protecting your home and belongings from sustaining any damage from pests.

DIY Pest Control vs. Professional Pest Control

Here’s how professional and DIY pest control compare on a number of factors.


DIY Pest Control

Cost Services may be more expensive in the short term Solutions may be more affordable in the short term
Severity of infestation Can treat all levels of severity Best for small infestations
Time Quicker and more efficient May take longer to get rid of pests
Health and safety A professional pest control service should have the proper training and liability insurance to protect you and your home You’re responsible for the chemicals you use and any potential damage to your belongings or home’s structure
Preventative measures Often included in services Likely not a priority

If you are ready to take the leap and let Flick help you take care of your pest problems, it may be time to give us a call.

If you suspect you have a problem and would like a professional assessment done, please contact us today for a no-obligation free quote, and assessment by one of our trained sales representatives.

Remember “One Flick and They’re Gone”

Give us a ring on 087 056 1021, drop us an email at enquiries@flickpest.co.za or drop us a comment on our blog or social media platforms.

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