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Fighting pests yourself?

Infestation by pests within your own four walls is always inconvenient. In most cases, homeowners instinctively follow the urge to eliminate this infestation immediately. There are many reasons for this. Be it for fear or disgust, in order to prevent a spreading of the pests or from hygiene doubts.

And the latter are justified: Insects and pest rodents bring bacteria and pathogens with them, which makes pest control a necessity.

Do-it-yourself pest control?
The Internet, the richest knowledge library in the world, is not stingy with tips, tricks and tutorials that encourage homeowners to do “quick and easy pest control” on their own. But despite all their zeal, there are risks that are often not even considered or misjudged:

Is the use of certain chemicals harmful to my health?
Or that of my relatives / roommates?
What influence do pesticides or biocides have on the environment?
Are they harmful to my pets?
And what if children come into contact with toxins?
Pest control is not as easy to carry out as it seems at first glance.

A professional pest controller, or pest controller, as the saying goes, usually calls the trained experts, is of course associated with costs, which leads some homeowners to carry out the pest control themselves.

But we, as pest experts, often learn in customer contact of medium or severe consequential damage, which on the one hand is caused by improper control measures and which, which is much more regrettable, could have been avoided by a professional!

Companies such as Rentokil are subject to strict statutory regulations and, through highly specialised training programmes for their employees, ensure that there is no damage to health or the environment.

Health risks
Effective pest control, which not only eliminates pests but also prevents new pests from settling here immediately, almost always requires the use of chemicals. However, the effects and consequences that these chemicals can have are often underestimated.

An example – you discover an actively inhabited wasp nest on your terrace. The nearest DIY store is not far away and it may be obvious to want to become master of the situation yourself with wasp spray. Rarely, however, is one questioned:

Which active substances are actually contained in the chemicals?
Can children or allergy sufferers come into contact with them?
Does the fog cloud or aerosol cloud that develops when the chemicals are used move to a busy neighboring property?
Can you get close enough to the active wasp nest so that the chemicals can act at all?

Wasps that feel threatened swarm out and attack anything they consider a threat in the nest’s environment. An unsuccessful attempt at control does not only mean a health risk for you, but also for relatives or neighbours. Careful and cautious use is recommended, especially with pesticides.

Environmental risks
Did you know that bees or bumble bees are protected according to the Federal Species Protection Ordinance (BArtSchV)? Honey bees are regarded as beneficial insects. They react sensitively to interventions in their habitat and environment. Professional pest controllers are specially trained to relocate bee nests in case of danger without damaging them if your nesting site is a danger.

Companies in particular are required to call on the professional help of a pest expert in the interests of their employees and customers, but also of their goods or their good reputation. The self-use of pesticides is subject not least to certain requirements of the Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV, Annex I, No. . 3). Therefore, do not take any risks and contact a trained pest expert directly. He knows potential risk areas in the commercial environment, as well as suitable measures to eliminate pest infestation and prevent it with active measures.

Conclusion
Always weigh up the risks of pest infestation and treatment methods. In case of doubt, it is worthwhile to consult a professional pest control services for health, ecological and often not least economic reasons.

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