When it comes to household pests, who you gonna call?

Ants, bees, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, rats — there’s no shortage of creatures that can invade your space. If they do, think twice before hiring someone to evict your pests — usually you can take care of the problem yourself. If you do end up hiring a pest control firm, shop around — there are big differences in quality and you don’t have to pay more for good service.

Overall, you can prevent — or control — most household pest problems by taking a few general steps: Cut off access to foods, keep your home as clean as possible, reduce or eliminate excess moisture, and seal cracks and other entry points.