Before you read the title of this post and get discouraged because you have (almost) zero DIY skills remember this; you are receiving this money saving tip from a guy who has
(almost) zero DIY skills himself. However, I insist on doing the few house related DIY things that I can do myself, (mowing the lawn, painting, and insulation – dang that’s a short list) and now I can add one more thing to that list – do it yourself pest control.
Bug removal is something that, if you are anything like me, you are spending upwards of $300 a year on. Well you don’t have to. After a bit of research I found out that I can buy the same spray (safe for children and pets) that the pros use and do my own bug zapping. And in my case, I’m pretty sure that I am now using better stuff than my former pest control company.
Ok, so here is how you get the do it yourself pest control ball rolling!
Don’t go to one of the big home improvement retailers.
They only sell the low class stuff. You want the pro level elixir because it lasts longer and is 10 times more effective (scientific study not included). You really won’t be happy with the results if you stick to what those big box stores have to offer. It’s cheap and ineffective.
Amazon.com actually sells some of the professional products
Lets be honest, they sell everything. But I actually ended up turning to this site (current coupon code offer of $5 off $50 with “givemea5“). There are several sites like it but I really appreciated the customer service and prices here. They spent 20 minutes on the phone with me calming all my DIY fears. Thanks to the internet, purchasing the stuff that you really need to do it yourself is really easy.
It is a well rounded pesticide that handles a variety of bugs with effectiveness. With that and a sub $15 sprayer I was good to go. And with that much solution I can demolish pests for years to come. Seriously, it will make 96 gallons. If you aren’t sure about the application process there is a great video on their website that gets you up to speed in no time.
Don’t forget to do the free things that keep bugs away as well like trimming bushes and trees back from off the house and cleaning up any standing water. Not leaving food out for extended periods of time helps keep the bugs at bay too.
I was spending $70 every quarter for my super small house to get sprayed for bugs. I spent less than that on everything I needed to outfit myself for Bugmageddon (that is when the bugs decide to revolt. I’m surprised you haven’t heard about it). My poor math skills lead me to believe that I’ll now be spending roughly $10 a year on bug remediation through the beauty of do it yourself pest control. Now that I own two homes, one primary and one rental, it is even more crucial for me to find outside of the box ways like this to save money.
Are you willing to try do it yourself pest control to save money at your own home? What do you do around the house yourself in order to keep money in your wallet?
If you are interested in more DIY thoughts here’s another post on how a Youtube video saved me $132 on a water heater fix.