Pests in and around the home can be more than an unsightly nuisance. They can be an expensive problem if left untreated. Mice might be a health hazard and scary to some but they and their larger cousins rats can chew through walls and cables causing damage that costs money to fix. Ants are also annoying and hard for a homeowner to contain but their cousins, termites, can destroy the wooden framework of a house. These are two examples of pests that must be treated with a small cost early to avoid much larger and more expensive costs down the road.
The process of preventing pests usually involves an exterminator. One approach for insects is to spray a coating of repellant around the outside of the home. One of the best ways to prevent rodents is to place traps in areas that rodents frequent. Naturally, an exterminator would be better at finding these areas and would also be able to spot pest related problems that the average homeowner might miss.
There are also different treatments based on the time of year. Fall and winter are times where pests look to get inside a home and need to be stopped or deterred. Spring is a time when pests become more active and reproduce, so nests and burrows near or on the home need to be dealt with.