Here’s how easy DIY pest control can be…

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Here’s how easy DIY pest control can be…
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Tired of spending $300 or more a year for pest control? You can take that price down to around $10 or $15 a year by doing it yourself with professional-grade supplies!

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Don’t call the exterminator!

Nobody likes to have bugs around the house. Ants, spiders and roaches just have a way of making your skin crawl.

Some people like the natural approach to ridding themselves of pests. That typically means using things like boric acid, vinegar and diatomaceous earth.

Other people like to use over-the-counter products you can buy at your local supermarket.

But sometimes, the situation is a bit out of control and a bottle of Raid won’t do! That’s when you’ve got to use the stuff professionals use to remediate the situation.

If this is the route you want to go, you’ll need two simple things:

The sprayer

No need to spend a fortune here! This $10 sprayer does the job for me and my family. Plus, it gets a ton of great reviews on Amazon.

The chemicals

Here’s where you don’t want to skimp. But don’t worry — quality pesticide doesn’t have to break the bank!

I use Talstar One. It’s a professional-grade chemical that sells for anywhere from $30 to $50 depending on how much of it you buy.

With just one bottle, you’ll get years of use. I bought a smaller bottle about three years ago and I’m nowhere near using it all up. There’s no printed expiration date on the bottle, so this stuff doesn’t lose its potency with age either.

Talstar is safe for pets after it dries and it’s non-irritating to your skin if you get some on you. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying. Or better yet, wear gloves.

Joel of our team also does his own pest control. Check out his blog to read about his experiences.

Here’s how to mix up the chemicals and treat your home

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Theo Thimou About the author: Theo Thimou
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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