Angie's LIST Guide to
Household pest control

A homeowner's guide to common household pests such as mice, termites, bedbugs, ants, roaches and other insects that may take up residence in your home. Learn how to spot an infestation problem before it spreads, and what methods you can try before resorting to an exterminator.

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Pest Control Quick Tips

Termite damage can sometimes look like mild water damage on the surface of wood.  Prod it with a screwdriver to see if it's soft.

Read more about Termites.

 

When eradicating dangerous pests or insects that sting or bite, it's often a good idea to call in the pros.

 
 
 
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Bedbugs

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This graphic shows the life cycle of the bedbug, which can live for about 10 months.
This graphic shows the life cycle of the bedbug, which can live for about 10 months.
Termites

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Not all termites are harmful, but drywood termites can chew their way through the frame of a house.
Not all termites are harmful, but drywood termites can chew their way through the frame of a house.
Ants & roaches

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Common ants can become a serious nuisance when they take up residence in your kitchen.
Common ants can become a serious nuisance when they take up residence in your kitchen.
Mice & rats

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Unlike their cartoon counterparts, real mice leave a trail of droppings wherever they go.
Unlike their cartoon counterparts, real mice leave a trail of droppings wherever they go.
Hiring an exterminator

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Many pest infestations can only be fully eradicated with the help of a professional.
Many pest infestations can only be fully eradicated with the help of a professional.