All homes occasionally run into problems with household pests. While most are merely a nuisance, some may bite, sting or transmit disease. A few may even cause serious structural damage which can impact the value of your house. While it may seem easier to reach for a can of bug spray, this may not be the best way to fix the problem. Many homeowners today are leery of the harmful effects of chemical pesticides and are turning to safer, least-toxic solutions for protection.
Understanding the problem is the first step in finding a healthy solution. Once a pest is identified (see pictures below), you will be better able to determine the factors which limit its reproduction and survival potential. For example, all pests need water, shelter and food to survive. By limiting one or more of these basic necessities you can significantly impact the number of pests present. Combined with natural control measures (listed below), a longer lasting, more significant impact is made.