Why DIY Cockroach Treatments Often Fail

Often considered one of the most disturbing pests to deal with, the cockroach is a common pest for homes and businesses alike. Just the thought of these small, dirty creatures scurrying around on a kitchen counter or bathroom sink is enough to send shivers down the toughest person’s spine. For this reason, it is no surprise that many homeowners and business owners want to run to their local home improvement store immediately for DIY cockroach treatments instead of waiting for the time it may take to schedule an appointment with a professional.  

Unfortunately, many commercial treatment options that are available only focus on a symptom of the problem and may not provide the long-lasting relief from cockroaches that homeowners and business owners are looking for. This is particularly true if the baiting systems or DIY cockroach treatments are not properly applied or are not placed in the most strategic location possible for the best results. As you might imagine, this approach often leads to a resurgence of cockroaches after a short period of time because it only treats the visible problem instead of attacking the entire population – wherever they may be hiding. 

Problems with DIY Cockroach Treatments 

Where there are some pros and cons that are associated with DIY cockroach treatments, there are many typical problems that homeowners or business owners will encounter if that is the approach they decide to take. Perhaps the most pressing is that no inspection is completed to determine the extent of the cockroach infestation that is present or where they may have created nests. This is important to remember since seeing a single cockroach out in the open may mean that a hidden nest has become too large and individual members are being pushed out and forced to seek new food sources and potential nesting locations. 

One other problem that occurs when attempting DIY cockroach treatments is that the recommended type may be drastically different depending on the species of cockroach that is present as well as other pest problems that may be occurring at the same time. Without the assistance of a knowledgeable pest control professional, DIY cockroach treatments may be being used for no reason. Effectively, this means that business owners or homeowners are wasting their money on ineffective DIY cockroach treatment options that provide little or no value when an infestation is already present. Other common problems that may be associated with DIY cockroach treatments include: 

  • Underestimation of the Infestation 
  • Only Treating the Symptoms or Visible Pests 
  • Simple Human Error and Risk of Injury 
  • Increased Expenses and Failed Attempts 
  • Treating for the Wrong Pests or Species 
  • Not Receiving a Thorough Pest Inspection 

A Better Option for Cockroach Control 

While DIY cockroach treatments may be beneficial for some, the vast majority of property owners will likely need the help of a professional to successfully remove the entire infestation; however, investing in preventative pest control and taking the steps needed to prevent cockroach infestations from recurring or allowing these pests establishing a population indoors is typically the best approach. Fortunately, effectively removing cockroach populations  

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.