Any homeowner, at some point, will require an exterminator to handle a situation with unwanted pests.  Pest Control is a necessary evil when it comes to home ownership.  Nature is wonderful, but all of it’s creatures need to stay outside of your home.  And depending on what part of the word you live in, the type of pests and insects can differ greatly.  Also, pest control is not something you want to put off.  An infestation will likely occur if a pest situation is not remedied immediately.  And the longer you wait, the worse the problem will become.  These issues do not go away on their own.

So what should you look for in your home when it comes to pest control.  Basically, anything that seems like it should be outside should be enough to prompt a call to an exterminator.  Rat droppings, spider webs, dead insects can all be signs that a pest control situation is developing inside of your home or business.  Often times, a pest control situation can be controlled with simple means such as rat traps or ant traps.  If you are feeling brave, you can go to the hardware store and buy these traps yourself.  However, an experienced exterminator will know exactly where to place these traps inside of your home to most efficiently remedy the pest situation.

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There are other simple ways to prevent insects and other rodents from taking up residence in your home.  It is important to keep all counter tops clean and free of food particles and other things that may attract insects.  Keeping your floors clean can also prevent rodents and insects from entering your home.  Moisture is another trigger for insect infestations.  Ants particularly are attracted to moisture and will show up by the hundreds if they find a water source during the summer months.  There are ant traps you can purchase at any hardware store, but once again, calling an experienced exterminator is the best way to go as the traps will be placed in appropriate areas.

Larger rodents, such as mice and birds can cause a whole other array of problems.  Mice love to enter your home in the colder months and may live there for some time before you discover them.  Mice can hide behind walls and in the ceiling where they can wreak havoc on wiring and other functional parts of your home that are not in plain site.  Small birds are notorious for entering your home through small cracks between the roof and brick walls.  They can also get trapped inside your home, die, and then cause horrible odors that will drive you mad, because dead birds are extremely hard to locate.  Make sure you keep all holes and gaps in your roof protected from rodents and birds that may enter.

In summary, your best bet is to contact a qualified exterminator to deal with any and all pest control situations.  Time is also of the essence when dealing with unwanted pests in your home.  The problem will only get worse and there is no telling what damage these pests may cause.  Good luck.