Saturday’s Saving Tips – DIY Pest Control

Last summer I posted about my efforts to save money by treating my own house for pests instead of paying someone to do it! Here’s an update!

In a effort to try to cut costs, I decided that I was no longer going to pay a pest company $75 every three months to treat my house for bugs. I went to Wal-Mart and bought Raid Max Bug Barrier.  It’s supposed to be as good as the stuff the professionals use, guaranteed to kill bugs up to 12 months (what?!? I’ve been paying people to do it 4 times a year!) and is easy to use!

When I initially I got it, I treated the inside perimeter of the “man cave” which is in the basement (and really the only place we see bugs) and then I sprayed around the doors and windows in the garage. I also sprayed around the doors and windows of the house from the outside and around the edges of the porches.

I did end up spraying inside around the edges of the walls in the kitchen and bathrooms because we had a terrible ant problem last summer.

In 10 months (other than the ants) I have not seen a single bug upstairs.  As far as the basement, Hubs says he’s seen no more than usual.  I still have some of this jug left and since I paid less then $10 for it (I used a coupon too!) I have saved myself over $290! ($75 every 3 months x 4 for a years worth of professional service is $300!  I did for $10 what I was paying someone $300 to do!)

Do you pay a pest service or do you DIY?

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