Don’t wait until you have a pest control emergency to deal with. Get informed about insects, their prevention and extermination issues so you’re ready to go when you see that first little bug crawling on the floor. There are a number of misconceptions about pest prevention that you should know about.

It’s Not Always Toxic

People tend to think about harsh chemicals and fumigations when they think about infestations and exterminations. The truth is that you can choose a wide range of natural and non-toxic options for many insect pests, even taking control with some clever DIY recipes.

But to be honest, as much as people may not want toxins in their homes, it may be the best option to deal with a bug problem. A short-term treatment of pesticide is still a better choice than letting your house get overrun with insects.

Not All Bugs are the Same

This might seem a little obvious, but many people will grab a random product and just assume that it works perfectly well no matter what actual insects you have to deal with. Leaving out baits intended for ants may not be of much interest to the cockroaches, and wasp sprays might not have any effect on the spiders.

It’s Not Just Inside

Many insects are actually living outside of your home, like termites or ants, and they just forage around in the house for food. Sometimes they take up residence, and sometimes they don’t. They point is that you can’t ignore the outside of the house when working towards pest prevention. Cracks and access points around the foundation, window sills and door frames should be fixed and sealed up. Spray these areas for some added protection.

Take a look around the nearby yard for potential insect nests too. Having a huge colony of ants just feet from your house is going to make the indoor half of the job a lot harder. Get rid of rotting tree stumps, old decks or any other type of items that could house a community of insects.

It’s Not that Disruptive

People tend to think that having an exterminator do a pest control treatment means that their home is turned upside-down with moved furniture, emptied cupboards and a huge hassle. While every situation is different, most treatments are very simple. Baseboards are sprayed where they are exposed, but you don’t necessarily have to drag your couch into the middle of the room. Baits can be laid without emptying cabinets.

It Can Take Repeat Visits

Just because you decided to hire a professional exterminator doesn’t mean it’s a one-and-done type of job. Sometimes it is, but more often than not, there are return visits to make sure it’s done right. Insect eggs can be tough and aren’t as easy accessible as the living bugs. So you might need one spray, and then wait a week or so for any remaining eggs to hatch, and then a repeat spray to get this next generation before they do their own laying. Just don’t be surprised if the exterminator says they have to come back.