Pests, they leave signs of their presence. Maybe you will notice the food in your cabinets disappearing or that the clothes in your closet have been damaged. Sometimes they will leave other physical signs: damage to walls, droppings, crumbs. They are disgusting and can spread disease and go by many names: bedbugs, roaches, flies, rats, mice, termites. They are household pests, and if not controlled and exterminated they can cause damage to your home and hurt your property value. An infestation can happen to anyone but it doesn't have to ruin your life. There are many methods of pest control and prevention. Here we will discuss some of the various types of infestation as well as most effective means of residential pest control and prevention.

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Insect infestation
Insect pest control is best left to professional exterminators. There are thousands of different types of insects and depending upon where you live you can find cases of flying insect infestations, ants, bedbugs, roaches, fleas, silverfish, spiders; the list goes on. Getting rid of them completely without the help of a pest control professional can be difficult as special chemicals and application techniques are often required. If you live in a rural area, you may be prone to finding wasps or bee nests in the eaves of your roof, or in some cases even in your attic. These usually just require removal and destruction of the nests that they build. The venom in the stinger of these insects can cause severe reactions; in persons who are allergic to their venom they can be deadly. In the case of insects such as these that can swarm and sting, it is safest to use a professional exterminator but there are many commercially available products that will do the job if you are brave enough.


Roaches, fleas, ants, and other crawling insects that can invade your house are a little more difficult to get rid of. They can get into your food, your clothing, your walls and stake a claim if you do not get rid of them. They can also bite and leave droppings which can affect your health. There are many do-it-yourself products on the market which can be effective in the case of minor infestations. These run the gamut from sprays and foggers to less toxic devices such as baits and traps. These are fairly inexpensive and some use the same types of chemicals used by professional exterminators in a reduced strength. There are also a number of natural solutions which can work quite well. In more severe infestations it is necessary to call in a professional. They are highly trained and knowledgeable about the different types of household pests, prevention, and pest control. They can identify the means of entry and the breeding places, get rid of the pests, and make sure that they do not return.

Rodent Infestation
Rodents are a little bit different, and although they are not as numerous as insects they can cause quite a bit of damage and can become a health hazard. They can also harbor fleas and ticks, thus increasing your household pest problems. The traditional means of rodent control was to use poison or spring traps, but these can be dangerous to your household pets if not used with caution. There are non-poisonous and non-lethal methods of rodent control which are available from the Humane Society and similar places which trap the rodents so that they can be released outdoors. Just make sure you take them far away from your home to prevent their return. Many profession pest control services can eradicate most types of infestations, but there are some that specialize in removing small animals and rodent control.

Preventing an Infestation
Once you have the problem under control, or before you have a problem to begin with, you need to focus on prevention. For outdoor solutions there are several plants such as mint or citronella that pests find very unappealing. These can be planted around the foundation of your home to keep them from coming close enough to get in. It is also important to locate any sources of entry such as cracks through which insects and rodents can find entry. You should try to keep your home clean and free of clutter. Household pests find a home much more attractive if their are places to hide and food to eat. Use covered containers for the food in your cabinets. It is also a good idea to fix any structural or moisture problems in your home.

For more ideas on prevention and solutions to your pest problems it is best to call a professional exterminator. WebTracker