How to Do Your Own Home Pest Control

From rodents to roaches, these common pests can make its way into your home and quickly wreak havoc. From cracks and crevices to the gap under your front door, such tiny critters can contaminate foodstuffs, damage wiring, destroy furniture and simply drive you up the wall! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to manage the presence and the proliferation of these unwelcome guests. We provide DIY tips on how to do your own home pest control.

1.       Inspect Your Home

A complete inspection of your home will help you confirm the presence of pests. Obvious signs your house is invaded by some mean critter includes fecal matter, damaged furniture, collections of dust along the window sills or floors where termites are present and seeing the actual pest. Rodents including mice, rats and bats can be heard scurrying across the floor or attic and will often scratch in search of food at night.

2.       Clean Your Property

While it could be a major undertaking, a complete spring clean at any time of the year is a great way to manage pests. The first step is to clean the clutter from inside your house. Any open boxes of cereal or food on the kitchen counter must be sealed in airtight containers. Wash all areas that may have been visited by roaches, mice or ants including the inside of cupboards. Deep vacuum behind and under furniture and was all bedding and clothes at a warm temperature. Clean the outdoor area. How to do your own home pest control includes removal of debris and completion of repairs.

3.       Close All Holes, Cracks and Openings

Once all clutter is removed, close up any holes and crevices that pests can easily crawl through. Check the chimney opening if you have one and seal doors with gaps along the frames. Repair damages including holes in furniture and any openings in your property that critters could hide in. Roaches can get into the wiring of an oven or microwave so take these apart for inspection if you are affected by these bugs.

4.       Choose Applicable Bait

Pest control will involve baits, sprays and related applications. The successful use of these products depends on the critter being targeted and whether you have pets and children in the home.

Traps – Rodents are best caught with traps. You have the choice of the traditional wood base and spring or the modern bait station. Place these traps along walls and areas you believe are frequented by rats and mice. A bait station or box that is enclosed is best for homes where children and pets roam. It allows the pest into the trap without the distribution of or access to the poison.

Bait – Bait is popular for cockroaches and rodents. These are placed in areas frequented by the critters. The purpose is to have the pest consume bait, take it back to the nest and to eliminate as many unwanted creatures as possible.

Pesticides – Pesticides require a controlled application. Do not spray a room or kitchen where food is exposed. Do not sleep in a room that is recently sprayed.


Following the correct strategy to clear pests from your home can prevent these nasty critters from returning in the future. Take the time to detect the type of pest in your home and proceed with actions needed to manage that insect or rodent.