We finally had an exterminator come to the house today... after we discovered the large "bumble" bees outside our front door were actually carpenter bees.
I've been begging Pat to call the exterminator because I've seen numerous spiders (not to mention the two mice), but he has hesitated because of the expense. But things changed when we realized the carpenter bees could actually bore holes into the wood of our house.
The exterminator found evidence of mice (droppings behind the washing machine), spiders outside of the house and a few ants. He told Pat the mice probably did come up the sink pipe since our house is on a slab and there is no other evidence of holes.
Then he sprayed inside and outside the house... and said the spiders, ants and other creatures will be gone by the end of the week.
I, for one, will not be sad to see them go.
We've signed up for bi-monthly service in the hopes to keep them from coming back any time soon.