What is Pest Control?


No one likes having icky pests running around their home! If you find that you have a pest infestation, you’ll want to take care of it as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the worst the infestation is likely to get.

While you may consider tackling the infestation yourself, this isn’t always the best way to go about it. Pests often hide in the walls and in other places that are hard to find. This makes removing them a particularly difficult task.

Once you discover signs of an infestation, you should consider professional pest control.

What Is Pest Control?

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Pest control is a professional service that involves a pest extermination specialist removing pests from a property. This can either be a commercial or residential property. The advantage of hiring a pest control company like Nationwide Pest Control is their level of expertise, experience, and access to professional-grade equipment.

When you hire a pest control specialist, you can rest assured that the job will be done properly. They also will put measures in place to ensure the pests don’t return in the future.

If you would like more information about pest control services, contact Nationwide Pest Control today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services and pest control in general.

The Different Types of Pests


Pests come in many different shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is that they aren’t safe to have around. Below are some of the most common pests, and how you can avoid them. If these methods fail and you still end up with pests, make sure to contact Nationwide Pest Control so we can get rid of them for you!


Cockroaches are particularly resilient and gross pests. They come in a few different varieties, which include American, Oriental, and German. What all of these have in common is how much of a nuisance they are! While cockroaches aren’t generally aggressive, they are still dangerous. Cockroaches have a tendency of getting in everything, including your food. This leads to sickness.

You want to make sure cockroaches don’t nest in your home!

Here are a few things you can do to avoid a cockroach infestation:

  •       Clean and vacuum your home regularly.
  •       Keep your basement dry.
  •       Inspect any packages you receive before bringing them inside.
  •       Use weather-stripping around your windows and doors.
  •       Check around the exterior of your house for cockroaches.


While ants are small, they come in large quantities. If you see a few ants running around, you can be sure that there are more hiding somewhere. Ants have a tendency to multiply quickly, so they need to be addressed soon after seeing them. The different types of ants you may encounter include fire, Argentine, and sugar. Fire ants are particularly nasty, as they sting.

Below are a few tips for avoiding ants:

  •       Close off your house to any openings.
  •       Use weather-stripping on windows and doors.
  •       Before tossing them, rinse out containers and cans.
  •       Remove overgrown vegetation and branches from the exterior of your house.


Spiders are icky and spooky. Their webs seem to get everywhere, and they can be difficult to remove. Beyond how gross they look they also can be quite dangerous. Some spiders can even be deadly. There are a variety of different types of spiders that you may run into. Some of the most common include house spiders, long-bodied cellar spiders, brown recluses, black widows, and more.

In order to ensure you don’t have these creepy pests spinning webs in your home, you can do these things:

  •       Keep your doors and windows closed when not using them.
  •       Remove branches, rocks, and debris from your yard.
  •       Close off gaps that can lead to the outside of your home.
  •       Remove spider webs as soon as they are found.
  •       Replace torn or ripped window and door screens.


Mosquitoes are annoying bloodsuckers that cause itchy bumps. While most people think of mosquitoes as just frustrating pests, they are actually more than this. Mosquitoes carry diseases and viruses that can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. It’s best to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites entirely when possible to do so.

Below are some tips for avoiding mosquitoes:

  •       Fill in any holes on your property that allow for standing water.
  •       Don’t leave standing water around your house.
  •       Turn any containers or buckets outside of your house upside down.
  •       Remove stumps and other debris from your yard.
  •       Cut your grass regularly and keep it short.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are insects that live in your bed and bite. These bites are particularly itchy, and people sometimes find themselves scratching to the point where they end up with an infection. While bed bugs are synonymous with beds (hence the name), they can actually live anywhere in your home. Over time, they may spread to furniture around the house.  

If you don’t want the bed bugs to bite, consider the tips below:

  •       Wash clothing as soon as you bring it home from the store.
  •       Wash your clothing as soon as you get home after a vacation.
  •       Keep your sheets washed; make sure to wash them regularly.
  •       Keep your house clean and make sure to vacuum your floors regularly.
  •       Don’t buy clothing, beds, or furniture used if possible.


No one likes seeing a rat or mouse scurrying across their floor. There are different types of rodents that may decide to make their home inside of your house. These commonly include roof rats, mice, and Norway rats. Whatever type of rodent it is, you want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Rodents eat your food, destroy your home, and carry disease.

In order to avoid rodents moving into your house, consider the tips below:

  •       Keep your windows and doors closed when not using them.
  •       Keep your home clean and vacuumed.
  •       Take the trash out regularly and don’t let it pile up.
  •       Put food in containers and don’t leave it out.

Termites/Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants are both extremely destructive forces. These insects hide in your walls and do severe structural damage to your property. The damage that they do can be extremely expensive to repair and can lead to your home or business is less safe. Carpenter ants by themselves lead to literally billions of dollars worth of damage each year. Termites multiply very fast, and an infestation can spread and grow to thousands in a relatively short period of time.

If you find carpenter ants or termites in your walls or around your house, contact a professional pest control company like Nationwide Pest Control immediately. Do not try to take care of this issue on your own! These pests are extremely serious, and you don’t want to take any chances.  


Ticks are bloodsuckers that attach themselves to your pets and you. They will often make their way indoors by catching a ride on one of your pets. You can also bring them into your home yourself. Ticks are disease-spreaders, and they spread particularly bad illnesses through their saliva when they bite. It’s best to avoid ticks, as they can be very dangerous.

Here are a few things that you can do to avoid ticks infesting your home:

  •       Vacuum and clean the floors of your home often.
  •       Keep your lawn cut short.
  •       Use a tick control program for your pets so they don’t get ticks.
  •       Remove dense vegetation, brush, and bushes from your yard.
  •       Check your pets to make sure they didn’t get any ticks after spending time outside.


Wasps and hornets are mean. Unlike bees, wasps and hornets are likely to attack, and their stings are very painful. You want to make sure these insects are nowhere near your house, and you should get rid of them as soon as possible. Not only do their stings hurt, but they may also cause an allergic reaction. These reactions are serious and can cause real harm.

Don’t try to get rid of a hornet’s nest on your own—especially if you have an allergy. Instead, contact Nationwide Pest Control. We’ll get rid of the wasps or hornets for you, and we’ll make sure they don’t come back.

The Nationwide Pest Control Process

Once you’ve noticed an infestation, give us a call and let us know. We’ll send out a pest control specialist to survey the property and find the problem areas. From there, one of our pest control specialists will take action to remove the pests completely from your property. Once they are sure the pests are gone, they will take steps to ensure the pests don’t return.

Contact Us Today

Pests are frustrating, gross, and even dangerous. If you notice pests in your home, take action immediately to get rid of them. For an infestation, contact Nationwide Pest Control. We’ll come out and remove the pests from your home for good! We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your pest problem. 

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