I try to damn-near “DIY” (do-it-yourself) everything. If there’s a YouTube video or tutorial available for it, I’m gonna try it. If I can buy it used, I’m gonna buy it from the thrift store (haha, with the exception of underwear and mattresses). If there is a recipe to “make my own,” I’m liable to try it.
I’m just cheap thrifty like that.
But if something causes you more mental (and physical!) exhaustion than you want to bear, it’s totally okay to forego “DIY.”
Because one thing I am not gonna DIY is pest control!!!
So today I just signed up for Terminix for a whopping $756 for the year.
(I love how they try to make it sound more “manageable” at $63/month. It’s still $756 a year, dammit!!)
At this time last year, which was our first spring in this house, I had no idea that the house was built on an ant hill (or so it seemed!). I’m not kidding that we literally had ants coming out of EVERY room in our house! You should have seen me…..I was like Rambo, ready for war, my eyes scanning every surface and floor, my bug spray aimed and ready, just looking for nasty invaders. I even had freakin’ nightmares about ants!
WARNING: The following images are creepy!
This is what parts of our house looked like last year when I attempted DIY extermination–hoards of ants flocking to the ant bait. A success, yes?? But it takes a strong stomach to walk past this “goings on” along your baseboards and have to resist the urge to smash them!
This spring, I knew the ants were coming, and–yep!–I saw many of them today trying to get through my front door in the foyer, as well as a couple on the kitchen floor, scouting for food.
It hurts financially to put out that kind of loot for professional help to come, especially because I’m the queen of DIY (well, at least in this household, I am)……but I just can’t mentally wage the war like I did last season. I just can’t. And won’t.
Some things are just better left to the professions, yo!
How about you guys? Do you have ants?? How do you battle them? Do you DIY them, or hire professionals?
And is there anything else that you decided you just won’t DIY?
P.S. I’ve been sick for the past several days, and I’m still feeling achy and a bit dizzy due to this cold, but no worries– I’ll be back to DIY projects and thrift diving as soon as I’m close to 95% better! And a BIG THANKS (!!!!) to all of my new subscribers!!
LIFE shouldn't be financial suicide! Thrift Diving is about finding cheap solutions to life's expenses, via thrift stores and second-hand goods: I paint used furniture and decorate my house with it....my family rocks cute thrift store clothing.....and I invest tons of DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement hours into fixing up our old 1973 single-family home. Thrift Diving is about turning the "expensive" into the "affordable." Thanks for joining me! Happy Thrift Diving!