Prevention is better than elimination, but when pest infestation is present, the most effective and efficient pest control program should be implemented as soon as possible. This is the universal truth recognized by pest control professionals, which homeowners must also take to heart.

One of the important aspects of the prevention and elimination of household pests is the regular inspection of the internal and external areas of the facility. Such regular inspections should be done by professionals, but homeowners are well advised to conduct their own inspections as well.

For example, if pest control professionals come to your home every six months for thorough inspections, your do-it-yourself inspections can be done every 3 months. This way, you can immediately alert professionals if and when you detect signs of pest infestation in its early stages. Nipping the problem in the bud is still the best way to keep your possible pest infestation problem from getting out of hand.

Why contact the professionals when you can do the inspections yourself? After all, most pest control companies have inspection costs that may or may not fit into your budget; you can therefore save money through do-it-yourself inspections.

The reasons are obvious:

• Many types of parasite infestations are not immediately noticeable to the untrained eye. This is true of termites, bed bugs and fleas, all of which are such small animals. You may therefore think pests are absent when these intruders are simply lurking under cabinets, countertops and curtains, for example. Professionals, on the other hand, can easily spot even the smallest signs of pest infestation thanks to their training and tools.

• Pest control should largely be addressed by trained professionals. This is because the mechanical, chemical and biological products used in the elimination of parasites must be handled by expert hands only to avoid health problems. For example, chemicals used in termite eradication need to be handled with the right safety equipment such as goggles, coveralls and masks, not to mention that these chemicals require proper mixing. Basically, you want to avoid worsening your pest infestation problem by increasing the health risks associated with chemicals, the risks of trap injury, and the dangers of pest spread. For example, you can transfer bed bugs from one room to another during a do-it-yourself home