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How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Home: The Ultimate Guide

From cockroaches to rats and everything in-between, it's not uncommon to hear about homes plagued by pests. These uninvited guests can wreak havoc on your home, destroying your property and making life miserable for you and your family. There are plenty of ways that a home can become infested with pests. They usually enter the home through small cracks or we invite them in in ways we're not aware of. Read on to find out how to get rid of pests in your home once and for all! 

How to identify a pest problem

Pests are unwelcome guests that sneak into your home through small cracks and holes. Termites, rodents, flies, and cockroaches are just a few of the pests you may encounter. Pests can cause major damage to your home and are usually left untreated, they can spread quickly and in a short amount of time become a major infestation. Identifying a pest problem can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what to look for. If you suspect that you have a pest problem, it is important to identify the type of pest you are dealing with in order to properly eradicate it. To identify pests in your home, keep an eye out for the following signs: - Damage to your home: Pests cause major damage to a home, particularly termites and rodents. If you see signs of damage to your home, such as chewed wood and droppings, you may have a pest problem. - Unusual sounds: If you hear strange noises coming from somewhere in your home, there is a chance that you have an infestation. Scratching, squeaking, and scurrying are all sounds that can be attributed to pests. - Unwanted pests in your home: Pilfering pests such as ants and cockroaches are a sure sign of a pest problem. If in doubt, get a professional pest inspection.  

Using simple home remedies for pest control

Pests don’t require expensive treatment methods. In fact, there are plenty of simple home remedies you can use to eradicate pests from your home. - Cedar oil: If you want to get rid of spiders in your home, cedar oil is a great remedy. It will repel spiders and keep them out of your home. Cedar oil is great for repelling pests but be careful not to use too much. - Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper is a great way to get rid of ants in your home without needing to bring in an exterminator. Sprinkle cayenne pepper around the baseboards of your home to keep ants out. - Baking soda and vinegar: Baking soda and vinegar is a great remedy for getting rid of roaches. Sprinkle baking soda around your home, particularly in areas where roaches are more likely to appear (near the sink, near the dishwasher). Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and mix with water to create a spray. Use the vinegar spray to kill the roaches and their eggs. - Clove oil: Clove oil is a great repellent for flies. Add a few drops of clove oil to a bowl of water and place the bowl near areas where flies are more likely to appear. 

Professional pest control

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you won’t be able to get rid of pests yourself. If you’ve tried home remedies without success, or if the pests in your home are particularly problematic, it might be time to call in the pros. It is important to deal with pests as soon as possible. Waiting too long can cause the issue to get out of control. If you suspect that you have a pest problem, it is vital to act quickly. Before hiring a professional pest controller, do your research. Find exterminators in your area and ask questions. If you’re not sure if you need to hire an exterminator, here are a few questions to ask yourself: - Does the pests’ presence pose a health risk? - Are the pests damaging my home? - Are the pests on the verge of becoming an infestation? 

Seal up your home to prevent re-infestation

As soon as you’ve gotten rid of pests in your home, it is important to seal up any entry points that allowed them to access your home in the first place. Pests are sneaky and will try to find their way back into your home if they see an opportunity. - Seal cracks and crevices: Check around the foundation of your home to see if there are any cracks or crevices that pests are able to access. Seal any gaps or holes with caulk. - Treat wood: Termites are notorious pests that can wreak havoc on your home. If you have termites in your home, it is important to treat the wood before damage becomes too severe. - Seal your garbage: If you’ve hired an exterminator, they will likely instruct you to seal off your garbage can. Most pests are drawn to an easy meal, so they will try to get inside your garbage can. 

Finding and sealing the source of entry for pests

If you’ve hired an exterminator, it’s likely that they will suggest sealing off any possible entry points for pests. Before sealing off entries, it’s important to figure out where pests are entering your home. Pests like to nest in warm, dry areas. It is likely that you will find the nest inside your attic, walls, or basement. Pests most commonly enter your home through the following entry points: - Cracks in the foundation - Damp areas such as basements - Open vents - Open electric boxes - Open windows - Open doors - Open crawl spaces - Open water pipes 


Getting rid of pests in your home can be a challenging task and often requires a combination of home remedies and professional pest control. If you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be working, it may be time to call in the pros. Pest control can be expensive, so it is important to catch the pests early. There are many ways to prevent pests from entering your home in the first place, such as sealing off entry points, keeping your home clean, and keeping your landscaping in good condition. Don’t let pests ruin your home. Keep your home clean, well-maintained, and sealed off from pests, and you won’t have to worry about them.