How to Get Rid of Pests: 5 Tips for Homeowners


Watching a bug crawl across your wall or finding a “surprise” in your slipper can have you feeling like you’re living in a horror movie. No matter if the pest is as innocuous as a ladybug, you still don’t want to watch them pinging around your living room like they own the place. If this sounds familiar, you will undoubtedly have embarked on a quest to find out how to get rid of pests.

Lucky for you, there are plenty of methods of getting rid of pests (and keeping them away) that you can implement right away. Keep reading for some tips on keeping your home pest-free.

How to Get Rid of Pests 101: Prevent Them from Entering

The number one reason pests enter your home is that they can. You can avoid a problem infestation from starting by sealing up all ports of entry. This looks different for every home but will usually entail:

  • filling any cracks in the foundation
  • investing in quality window screens
  • installing door sweeps on all exterior doors

These are all relatively cheap and easy fixes you can do on your own in one weekend.

Keep Your Kitchen Immaculate

All types of pests stick around in your home because their needs are being met, primarily their need for sustenance. Keeping your kitchen clean and free of crumbs is the fastest and easiest way to impact your problems with household pests.

Don’t Leave Watering Grounds

When someone is trying to figure out how to get rid of pests, one thing they often forget about is water. But, like all other living things, water is a necessity for life, even in small amounts. So, in addition to eliminating food sources, you must also dry up any watering grounds.

This means wiping down your sinks and shower, as well as drying your counters after cleaning and keeping your toilet lid closed.

Contact a Pest Removal Service for Additional Help

If your pest problem has escalated to infestation status, you should consider reaching out to a pest removal company. This service has a comprehensive website that educates users on different types of pests in the area, including information on their appearance, habits, and biology. 

Keep Plantings and Mulch Away from Home Exterior

When you have plantings or organic debris near your home, you create mini habitats for bugs and insects to harbor safely and thrive. This, in turn, practically invites them into your home.

To avoid this, you should keep firewood and mulch away from your home and trim back trees to prevent branches from touching your roof. In addition, avoid planting shrubs, bushes, and flower beds too close to your foundation. These tips do the most to prevent termites from ever wreaking havoc in your home.

Get Ready to Enjoy Your Pest-Free Home

Now that you’ve learned how to get rid of pests, it’s time to put your knowledge to good use. Implementing all of the tactics above will result in the longest-lasting results. However, you should note that the work isn’t over when your problem is solved; you will still have to work hard to make sure your home stays as inhospitable to pests as possible.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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5 months ago

As for me, the most reliable option would be to turn to professionals and then you will definitely be sure that termite treatment at home will be successful