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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call the Exterminator?

Most people can’t tell the difference between pest problems they can handle and ones that require an exterminator. Find out when it’s time to call the pros.

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Don’t Wait Too Long to Call the Exterminator!

If you own a home then there is a high probability that at some time in the past you have had to deal with at least one pest problem. Many homeowners understandably try to handle pest problems themselves. In many cases, hiring a professional exterminator or pest control service can be considerably more expensive than driving to your local hardware store and taking matters into your own hands. However, there are several instances in which it is more than worth spending the money to have the job done professionally. The trick is in knowing what issues you can handle yourself, and what issues you need the pros for. Read on for a quick guide to help you determine if and when your bug problem calling in the pros.

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Are You in Danger?

Some household pests — scorpions, spiders, wasps, bees, yellow jackets, and rats, among them — can pack a powerful sting, or potentially infect you or your loved ones with a disease. If you have seen a couple of dangerous pests in your home than there could be many more that you have not seen. A couple of yellow jackets coming out of a nest buried in the backyard can be the sign of a colony that could actually be much larger. Bees and wasps can be provoked to swarm, and when swarming, can be dangerous to even those who are not allergic to their sting. At the end of the day, saving the difference in money between handling the extermination yourself and calling in a pro is hardly worth your life, or the lives of your loved ones.

You Can’t Seem to Conquer the Infestation

There are many kinds of infestations that need to be dealt with swiftly and decisively by someone who has real experience, or they simply never go away. Roaches, ants, bedbugs, termites, and other small pests are adept at moving away or hiding from your amateur attempts at exterminating them, and then coming back in droves once your efforts slack off.

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Do you feel like you are killing the same colony, only to have it come back time and time again? If the answer is yes then it’s definitely time to call an exterminator.

You Just Don’t Have the Guts

Many people are afraid of spiders, wasps, bees, and rodents. It’s understandable, and it’s probably for the best, as all of these pests do bite when provoked. If you can’t bring yourself to get close enough to deal with the problem or the thought of killing rodents to get rid of them is beyond what you are willing to handle personally, then bringing in a professional is the best call for you.

Your Pets, Your Children, and Your Other Loved Ones Will Thank You

Pets, the elderly, small children, and anyone with compromised health may be considerably more susceptible to having an adverse reaction to an animal bite or sting. As a homeowner, calling in a professional to deal with an infestation is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the life you save could be your own. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.
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Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.

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