5 reasons why you should fire your pest control company


Updated on July 15, 2024

In today’s fast-paced world, the convenience of professional pest control services is undeniable. However, it's crucial to question whether these services align with your desire for sustainability and less-toxic living.

Dr. Killigan's is here to offer a different perspective on managing pests, one that respects the intricate balance of our ecosystem and prioritizes the health of your family and the planet.

Here's why rethinking your relationship with your pest control company could be one of the best decisions you make for your home and the environment.

1. Achieve natural balance without harsh chemicals


Contrary to fear-based marketing tactics often employed by pest control companies, coexisting with nature doesn't mean living in discomfort or compromising your home's cleanliness.

2. Recognize the critical roles of insects in ecosystems

It’s easy to overlook the vital role insects play in our backyards. Here are three key functions they perform:

  • Pollination: Many insects, especially bees, play a crucial role in the pollination of fruits, vegetables and flowers, supporting plant growth and food production. 
  • Nutrient recycling: Insects help break down organic matter, returning nutrients to the soil, which is essential for plant health.
  • Food source: They are a fundamental part of the food web, providing essential nutrition for a wide range of animals, including various birds, mammals and other wildlife.

    Without these contributions, the delicate balance of our local ecosystems would collapse, leading to a domino effect of problems for all living beings, including humans.

    Insecticides, while aimed at controlling pests, often do not discriminate, harming the very creatures we enjoy and rely upon for a healthy garden. The decline in insect populations has a ripple effect, impacting everything from plant pollination to the survival of animals reliant on these insects. Recognizing insects as beneficial contributors rather than nuisances highlights the need for alternative pest control methods.

    3. Uncover the hidden dangers of insecticides


    The widespread use of insecticides often harms not only the intended pests but also non-target species such as beneficial insects and reptiles. Reptiles, which play a critical role in natural pest control, frequently suffer from the collateral effects of broad-spectrum insecticides. This disruption can unintentionally lead to increased pest populations, undermining the initial purpose of using these chemicals.

    More concerning is the introduction of these toxins into environments frequented by children and families. There is growing evidence that exposure to such chemicals poses long-term health risks, especially for children, raising significant concerns about the safety of commonly used pest control methods in spaces where families and children spend time together.

    Note: To understand more about the potential links between pesticide exposure and serious health issues such as cancer, read 'Can exposure to pesticides cause cancer?'

    4. Expose the myths of pest control

    Pest control companies have mastered the art of convincing homeowners that their services are indispensable. However, this narrative often overlooks the power and efficacy of DIY pest management strategies that empower homeowners to take control. By understanding the behaviors and needs of pests, you can implement targeted, non-toxic measures that prevent infestations before they start, without needing ongoing professional intervention.

    Educating yourself about the specific needs and weaknesses of common household pests enables you to create an unwelcoming environment for them, naturally reducing their numbers without harm to your family, pets or the ecosystem. Explore these practical DIY strategies to start managing pests on your own:

      These resources provide effective alternatives to traditional methods, allowing safe and natural handling of common pests. For more DIY tips and strategies across a wide range of insects, visit our full blog collection.

      5. Embrace the benefits of DIY pest control


      The inherent toxicity of conventional pesticides poses risks to more than just targeted pests; it can also affect human health and non-target wildlife. This has led to a growing shift towards DIY pest control solutions, which offer several clear benefits:

      • Health safety: DIY methods often use natural or less toxic ingredients, reducing the risk of adverse health effects associated with traditional pesticides
      • Environmental impact: By avoiding synthetic chemicals, DIY pest control supports a healthier ecosystem. It prevents chemical runoffs that can harm soil health and water sources, protecting local wildlife and plant life.
      • Cost-effectiveness: Managing pests yourself can be more economical in the long run. It reduces the need for frequent professional services and allows you to tailor solutions specifically to your needs, minimizing waste.
      • Empowerment and education: Taking charge of your pest control educates you about the pests and their behaviors, enabling more targeted and effective interventions. This knowledge allows you to implement preventive measures, reducing the likelihood of future infestations.
      • Customization: DIY pest control offers the flexibility to use methods that fit best with your household's specific conditions and ethical considerations. For instance, you can choose treatments that are safe for use around food preparation areas or sensitive plants in your garden.


      Switching to DIY pest control is a commitment to a sustainable and health-conscious lifestyle. By moving away from traditional pest control services, you embrace a more natural approach that respects and enhances nature. This shift benefits your home environment and supports the broader ecosystem.

      Dr. Killigan's offers a range of effective pest control solutions, including Six Feet Under Plant-Powered Insect Spray. Designed with safety, effectiveness and environmental responsibility in mind, this product provides peace of mind to health-conscious homeowners. It exemplifies how plant-powered solutions can effectively keep homes pest-free without the risks associated with synthetic pesticides.

      Start making a positive change today. Explore Dr. Killigan's collection of eco-friendly pest control products and begin your journey towards a safer, greener and pest-free home. 

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