The Ants are Marching…

little black ant2 150x150 The Ants are Marching...I’m usually more focused on tasks at hand, but today I’m sitting at my desk singing “The Ants Go Marching” as I watch tiny ants sneaking in from outside, crawling up my office wall, taking scenic tours along the stack of papers next to my computer before trying to explore the mountain better known as my arm.

So it got me to thinking about all kinds of pests and what one should do to make them go away. The Internet is full of suggestions for taking a natural route, such as using borax or even grits to banish ants, which might work well for minor ant infestations.

But what if the problem is acute? Ants or spiders everywhere? Armies of fleas brought in by Sally the springer? Maybe even multiple families of mice in the attic?

If you don’t want to take on the job of Chief Pest Eradicator, it’s time for professional pest control. This does not include the uninvited person who shows up offering to give your home a free inspection in hopes that you’ll authorize immediate and costly treatments.

Instead, check out the BBB for reliable pest control businesses in your community. In fact, you could use BBB’s Request a Quote to get bids from one or more Accredited Businesses.

Before agreeing to services, make sure you fully understand the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation and what will be done to solve the problem.

You’ll also want to find out:

  • If the company is bonded and insured.
  • If there’s a guaranty and what it covers.
  • If there will be continued prevention measures.

How do you show pests the exit door at your home or office?

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About Luanne Kadlub

Luanne Kadlub, communications editor for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming, has been a writer/editor for newspapers, magazines and nonprofits for more than 30 years.