Oftentimes, frugal folks like to make repairs or do projects themselves to save some money. In certain circumstances, that’s a bad idea.
Take today for example.
I was walking out to Shane’s car to put a box in his trunk. The car was wrecked in February and has been sitting for quite some time (really long story). I saw a bee near the trunk keyhole, but thought nothing of it as I put the key into the lock and popped the trunk.
Suddenly, I saw about a dozen of them. Not your friendly bumble bee, but wasps!
As you might imagine, I got the heck out of there.
I wondered if getting a can of Raid would do the trick, but I was worried about Shane being exposed to the toxic chemicals or possibly getting stung. It didn’t seem like a worthwhile attempt, so I thumbed through the Yellow Pages to find an exterminator.
I explained what I saw and got a few estimates. It would cost anywhere from $90 to $150+ for them to take care of it. Yikes!
I had an exterminator come out and take a peek at the wasps to give me a more concrete estimate.
He immediately saw one nest, and told me it would be $150 to solve.
I told him that I had lower estimates from other companies, and while he wouldn’t match it, he did come within $10. Sold.
He sprayed and did his thing and discovered three nests with two varieties of wasps living inside. Lovely.
The problem was much bigger than I thought–much bigger than some amateurs with some Raid could safely solve.
As annoying as it is to pay $100 to solve a problem like this, it was worth it to have someone else tackle it.
Lesson learned: It’s probably better to let a trained professional solve a potentially dangerous problem. Let them do it and avoid an ER visit for getting stung repeatedly by angry wasps.
And, if you have a car that’s been sitting for an extended period of time–watch out!