Do you have what it takes for DIY pest control?

Do you have what it takes for DIY pest control?

DIY pest control can be an effective and empowering approach to address pest infestations. However, it requires certain qualities and skills to ensure success and safety. Take this quiz to assess if you have what it takes for DIY pest control. Answer each question honestly and keep track of your responses. At the end, we'll tally your score to determine your DIY pest control readiness. Along the way, we'll provide information to help you understand each aspect of DIY pest control.

DIY pest control quiz:

1. How comfortable are you with conducting research and learning about pests? 

  1. Very comfortable - I enjoy learning about different pests and their habits.
  2. Moderately comfortable - I am willing to research and learn as needed.
  3. Not comfortable - I prefer to rely on professional assistance for pest control knowledge.

Conducting research and learning about pests is crucial for effective DIY pest control. By understanding pests' behavior and habits, you can develop targeted strategies for prevention and control. Regular research will keep you informed about new methods and products.

Woman researching on computer

Dr. Killigan's can be a valuable resource in your research and learning journey. Through blog articles, product user guides and our knowledgeable customer service team, we provide educational resources and informative content that guide you through different pest control topics and offer insights into the behavior and habits of common pests - from those most common in your kitchen, your house, your bathroom, your pantry, your garage, your fruit bowl, your bed and your clothing. Our goal is to empower homeowners with the knowledge and understanding necessary for effective DIY pest control.

2. Which approach do you prefer for insect control: using non-toxic insecticides or avoiding pesticides altogether?

  1. I prioritize using non-toxic insecticides and follow recommended precautions to ensure safety.
  2. I am open to using insecticides, but I prefer natural or eco-friendly alternatives over traditional pesticides.
  3. I have reservations about using pesticides and would rather explore alternative methods for insect control to avoid them entirely.

When it comes to insect control, you have two main approaches: using non-toxic insecticides or avoiding pesticides altogether. (Find out how toxic mothballs really are.) Non-toxic insecticides are formulated to target pests while minimizing harm to humans and the environment, often relying on natural ingredients. On the other hand, avoiding pesticides involves preventive measures, natural pest control methods, and integrated pest management strategies to minimize pesticide use and prioritize ecological balance. The choice depends on personal preferences, values and considerations for health and the environment.

At Dr. Killigan's, we offer a range of natural and eco-friendly pest control solutions that prioritize safety, environmental responsibility and customer satisfaction. Our products are formulated with plant-based ingredients, such as soybean oil and palm oil (in Six Feet Under) and vinegar (in Sweet Surrender), and essential oils, such as cinnamon and clove (in Six Feet Under) and peppermint and rosemary (in Dust to Dust). These non-toxic ingredients provide effective pest elimination while minimizing risks to human health and the environment. With a commitment to transparency, our products are backed by scientific research and testing, ensuring their efficacy and safety. By choosing Dr. Killigan's for your pest control needs, you can confidently handle and apply our products, knowing that you are using safe and responsible methods for DIY pest control while contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to insect management.

3. Can you accurately identify common pests and their signs of infestation?

  1. Yes, I am confident in my ability to identify pests and their behavior.
  2. I can recognize some pests but may need assistance with certain species.
  3. I struggle to identify pests and their signs of infestation.

Identifying pests and their signs of infestation is essential for targeted pest control measures. Proper identification allows you to apply the most appropriate strategies and treatments for effective pest management.

We at Dr. Killigan’s provide resources and information to help you accurately identify common pests - such as ants, flies, gnats, silverfish, earwigs, moths, small house-infiltrating insects, spiders, garden pests and cockroaches - to name a few, and their signs of infestation. Our website offers detailed pest guides, allowing you to learn about the characteristics, habits and indicators of various pests. 

Note: If you are unsure of the exact pest that you have, know that Dust to Dust targets 100+ insect species and Six Feet Under is a kill-on-contact spray for 50+ insect species. 

4. Are you patient and persistent when dealing with pest control?

  1. Absolutely, I am committed to regular inspections and ongoing maintenance.
  2. I try my best to stay consistent but may need reminders or prompts.
  3. I find it challenging to maintain consistency and follow-through.

Successful pest control requires patience and persistence. Regular inspections, preventive measures, such as the use of Pantry Moth Traps and Clothing Moth Traps, and ongoing maintenance are key to managing pest infestations effectively.

Mom and daughter cleaning their home

At Dr. Killigan's, we understand the importance of patience and persistence in DIY pest control. That's why our products are designed to provide long-lasting protection and effective results. We offer solutions that target specific pests and offer residual control, reducing the need for frequent reapplication. Our products are formulated to address common pest problems and help you maintain a pest-free environment with regular use. With Dr. Killigan's, you can rely on our commitment to quality and effectiveness, supporting your efforts to be patient and persistent in your pest control endeavors.

​​If you find your patience being tried during your DIY pest control endeavors, rest assured that we are here to lend a helping hand. Our commitment to customer satisfaction extends beyond providing high-quality products. If you encounter challenges along the way, whether it's a particularly stubborn infestation or a need for expert advice, our customer service team is ready to assist you. We understand that pest control can sometimes test your patience and persistence, and that's why we're dedicated to providing top-notch support and guidance. You can count on us to be there for you, ensuring that you have a positive and successful DIY pest control experience.

5. How comfortable are you with utilizing preventive measures to reduce pest infestations?

  1. I am proactive in implementing preventive measures and maintaining cleanliness.
  2. I am willing to make some changes but may need guidance on specific measures.
  3. I prefer to rely on professional services for preventive measures.

Preventive measures play a vital role in reducing pest infestations. Being proactive in implementing preventive measures, maintaining cleanliness, and making necessary changes can significantly minimize the risk of pests.

When it comes to preventing pest infestations, proactive measures play a crucial role. At Dr. Killigan's, we believe in the power of prevention. Our range of products not only helps you eliminate existing pests, such as fleas, flies, ants, bees, wasps, cockroaches, silverfish, wasps, chiggers, aphids, earwigs, gnats, clothing moths, fruit flies, spotted lanternflies, stink bugs, spider mites, spiders and pantry moths, but also provides effective preventive solutions. We offer tools (such as The Insect Buster) and treatments that are designed to target specific pests and create barriers against future infestations. Whether it's our insecticidal sprays, sticky traps or plant-based repellents, our products are formulated to keep pests at bay. By utilizing our preventive measures and maintaining cleanliness in your surroundings, you can significantly reduce the risk of pest infestations and ensure a pest-free environment for the long term.

Scoring and results for DIY pest control quiz:

Now that you've completed the quiz, tally up your points to determine your readiness for DIY pest control. Remember, DIY pest control requires research, implementing pest control measures, pest identification skills, patience and persistence. If you scored high, you have what it takes to tackle pest control on your own. If your score was moderate, there are areas you can improve upon with further learning and practice. If your score was low, professional assistance may be the best option for your pest control needs.


  • For each (1) response, assign 3 points.
  • For each (2) response, assign 2 points.
  • For each (3) response, assign 1 point.


  • 13-15 points: DIY Pest Control Champion. You have a solid foundation and the necessary qualities for successful DIY pest control.
  • 8-12 points: DIY Pest Control Enthusiast in the Making. You have some knowledge and skills but may need to brush up on certain areas to become more confident.
  • 1-7 points: DIY Pest Control Learner: Professional Assistance Preferred. While DIY pest control may not be your strong suit at the moment, there are opportunities for you to develop your skills and knowledge through further learning and practice. Consider starting with smaller pest control tasks and gradually expanding your expertise. Seeking guidance from our outstanding customer service team can also be beneficial as you continue to learn and grow in your DIY pest control journey.

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