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    Whether outside or indoors, the critters that scurry, climb, fly, and burrow on our properties can be a nuisance. In some cases, these unwanted guests can actually pose a danger to the structure of our homes, or even the health of the people who live in them. Fortunately, residential pest control is a discipline that the professionals understand well. If you've tried to get rid of your own insect or animal problems without much success, the pest control pros in your area are the answer you've been looking for.

    Residential Pest Control: Indoor Insects
    Bug problems that remain outside can certainly be cause for concern, but when insects take hold of the inside of your house, most people are ready to draw the line. Residential pest control is a different game indoors than it is outside for several reasons, but the most important is that the same chemicals that can curb insect populations quickly can also be harmful to the people that live in the house. For this reason, professional application of these chemicals is essential if you want to both get rid of the bugs and keep your home safe for children and pets.

    Unless you're dealing with insects causing structural damage, like termite infestations that have gone undetected for too long, indoor residential pest control is typically not something you'll need to vacate the premises for. For roaches, ants, mosquitoes, and many other common pests, traps, chemicals, physical barriers or a combination of the three will usually be used in conjunction with cleaning and/or trash disposal techniques to safely rid your home of the unwanted bugs and keep them out.

    Lawn Pest Control
    While indoor residential pest control is definitely a job for a professional, lawn pest control is a little more forgiving. When dealing with ants, aphids, beetles, and any other common lawn pest, control is often a simple matter of going to your local home improvement store, purchasing the appropriate chemical, and following the directions on the label.

    One area where lawn pest control is better handled by the professionals, however, is when insect infestation occurs on a large tree. In this case, the life of the tree (and the structure of your house, if that tree should fall) is at stake; because tree care is a science that most homeowners are simply not well-versed in, hiring a certified arborist to examine insect infested trees is generally a good idea.

    Organic Pest Control
    Though residential pest control in general, and lawn pest control in particular, often depend on chemicals to do a significant portion of the work, organic pest control is becoming more popular every year. As organic pest control is able to rid your property of unwanted infestations without the use of chemicals that some deem harmful, it can be regarded as the best of both worlds.

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    Many organic pest control techniques that you can implement yourself can be found using your favorite search engine, but be aware: Some advice on organic pest control is extremely ineffective. On the plus side, many of these techniques make use of items you have sitting around the house anyway, so the investment is often one of time rather than money. The biggest problem with less-than-astounding organic pest control techniques isn't the money people spend, but the skepticism it breeds. Organic pest control professionals are well-trained and extremely effective, but those who have tried using organic techniques on their own with little success are often understandably skeptical. Regardless of what you've tried on your own or what you've heard others claim, the professionals who practice organic pest control are out there ridding homeowners of pest problems everyday, and they're doing it all without the aid of toxic chemicals!

    Residential Pest Control for Birds and Mammals
    When dealing with larger animals like birds, mice, rats, or raccoons, extermination is typically not the desired result. Not only is killing little critters unpalatable for many homeowners, the poisons that used to be the hallmark of mouse and rat extermination can actually cause more problems than they solve. When poison is put out, the animals that eat it don't die immediately; instead they return to the nooks and crannies in your walls, basements, and ceilings to expire, leaving their bodies to decompose out of your reach. This, of course, is as unsanitary as it is unsettling.

    Instead of using poisons, pest control companies who deal with larger animals now focus on relocating captured animals and using techniques to make your home a less attractive place for such animals to dwell. This results in an animal-free home without the nuisance, guilt, or safety issues surrounding killing your critters.

    Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.
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