DIY Pest Control is More Difficult Than You’d Think

Bugs are small and you’re large, relatively. So, there should be no question to who comes out on top if you decide to go toe-to-toe (toe-to-antenna?) with household pests that have invaded your home.

But much like anyone with a laptop thinking they can be a successful blogger, nothing is as easy as it seems. Otherwise we’d be out of business, replaced by homeowners/part-time pest control exterminators.

Some aspects of DIY pest control are good for homeowners to start with, particularly preventative strategies but for a complete, diligent job in eliminating large infestations, you’ll need a professional pest control company.

Termite control

DIY termite control is ineffective because, ironically, the liquid termiticides from your local Rona are too good.

Termites that come in contact with termite bait won’t survive, but they’ll die so fast that they’ll be unable to make the journey home, and the termiticides will never reach the colony. And with colonies reaching upwards of tens of thousands strong, they’re a resilient bunch that’ll need more than a poison nugget or two to overcome.

This doesn’t factor in the general high costs of termite bait, or the costs to your home’s foundation if your DIY termite control solution is ineffective.

Bug baits and sprays

Whether you’re fighting an ant infestation or cockroach colony, you’ll find endless choice of baits and sprays to bear arms with.

They seem to be felicitous bug-squishing equipment: No odors, no mess, no chemical exposure, targeted placements. Admittedly, there are a lot of products with great ingredients in them.

But the majority of DIY bug control products are one-fifth, maybe up to one-half, the strength of what a professional pest control company will use for a pest problem. Plus, you get the added assurance that they’ll get the job done correctly, and you don’t have to get near gross bugs.

Baits typically come in small, containerized housings that look neat and tidy on your floor, but don’t kill as many bugs as you’d hope. If you’re dead set on DIY pest control, consider sprays over baits for a more flexible, deadlier (for bugs) solution.


Don’t rely on faceless pest control products to manage the integrity of your home. Contact the professional pest exterminators at Terminix Canada for effective pest control solutions in Toronto and across the GTA for both residential and commercial properties.