[AD:foo]Whether your have to deal with a small beehive on your front porch or are facing a large scale infestation of insects, controlling pests is a necessary skill for any homeowner. While most pest infestations don't pose a risk beyond extreme annoyance, some can actually pose serious health threats to you and your family. Being able to identify the nature of your infestation and knowing how to control it can be tricky to the untrained eye. In fact, what may seem like only a couple of bugs could be the sign of a larger and far more serious infestation. Dealing with these pests can employ several different methods including lifestyle changes, using the right pest control products and of course calling professional pest control companies. The best thing you can do to prevent and control pests is arm yourself with knowledge. Asking the right questions is a great way to get started.

How do I choose the best pest control products?

When choosing a pest control product without the use of a professional exterminator, you should do a little research first. It is important to know what exactly you are dealing with. This is because most pest control products are designed to work with a specific pest and won't work as well when used on the wrong one. For instance, to the untrained eye it is easy to mistake an infestation of termites with ants. But a little research will tell you not only how to identify them, but also how to properly apply the pest control product in order to achieve the best results.

When should I call for professional pest control services?

Pest infestations can be tricky. What may seem like a small, isolated colony of pests may actually be the sign of something much larger and widespread. If you know that the area in which you live is prone to large infestations of specific pests you should call an exterminator as soon as possible. The same goes for if you can identify the species of pest and know that they only are present in large colonies. A professional exterminator can examine the nature of your infestation and take the steps necessary to get rid of it for good.

What are some best practices of pest control to prevent infestations?

The best way to stop future pest infestations is prevention. With only a few simple lifestyle changes you can dramatically reduce your chances of a serious pest infestation. The best preventative step is to simply keep your house, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, clean. The food scraps and extra moisture are huge draws for all sorts of undesirable pests. You can also spray pest control products around your house that will kill any unwanted pest from reaching your home in the first place.

How should I prepare for pest control companies?

When you have an exterminator coming to deal with your pest infections the most important thing you can do is know where to lead them in order to show them where you noticed the pests. This will give them a better idea of where to start the process of extermination. Be sure to tell the exterminator where you first saw the pests and how frequently they show up. Some pests will require specialized prep that your pest control service will help you with.

How do I tell the difference between ants and termites?

Ants and termites are among the most common pests that cause infestations. Unfortunately, to the untrained eye they look extremely similar. The first thing to look for is how many distinct body parts they have. Ants have three primary parts apart from the legs that are clearly separated with a 'waist.' Termites look more rectangular. Termites eat wood, whereas carpenter ants live in it. So if there is a pile of sawdust near the nest, you know you are dealing with ants. Termites will live in brand new hardwood, whereas ants will seek older and more moist wood.

What happens when my house is fumigated?

In some severe cases a home or office will need to be completely fumigated. Fumigation involves all of the human occupants and their pets to vacate the building for at least a week while their home or office is saturated with a specialized pest poison. During fumigation the building will be isolated from the outside world with a large tent like tarp. The success rate of fumigation is very high and should prevent future infestations if preventative measures are taken.

When are pest infestations more likely?

Pest infections can occur during any season. During the colder months, insects that have survived the cold will seek homes due to the fact that they are warm, most, and filled with food. During the summer months insects are more plentiful and will seek human dwellings, especially if there is an abundance of food and places to live.