Pests can be one of the biggest nuisances in your home.

They are annoying, but what’s worse is that they can damage your home and spread diseases if you don’t get rid of them right away.

Whether you have a rodent infestation or an insect problem, professional pest control services are an important part of keeping your home safe for you and your family.

While there are many professional pest control companies available, not many can provide pest control solutions that actually work without the need for chemicals.

Here are some proven DIY pest control solutions that are suitable for residences:

Keep your kitchen clean and clutter-free

A clean, clutter-free kitchen is a great way to keep pests away from your home.

Pests tend to thrive in areas where there’s a lot of food present, so it’s important to keep your kitchen tidy to avoid them getting access to your food.

Make sure to store food in airtight containers or keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Washing dishes and utensils immediately after use can also help minimize leftover food residue that could attract pests.

Finally, keeping your cupboards and drawers clean and tidy will prevent them from becoming a harborage for bugs and rodents.

Seal up cracks and holes

When it comes to pest control, the most important thing you can do is seal up any cracks or holes that are allowing pests in.


Seal large holes first with steel wool, then fill them in with caulking.

Caulking also works for smaller holes and gaps around windows and doors.

Be sure not to use caulk on areas where moisture might cause damage.

Additionally, if you are not sure whether an area needs caulking or not, check with a professional!

If there are gaps around pipes and vents that lead outside of your home, seal them up using steel wool or caulk as well.

This will help keep pests out.

Find and fix any leaks in your plumbing

Leaks can be a major source of moisture, which is an ideal condition for pests to take up residence.

A leaky faucet may not seem like a big problem, but it could be the reason you’re waking up with mosquito bites on your ankles and finding mice in your pantry.

Some leaks may be hard to spot.

Therefore, you may need help from an expert or handyman if you’re not sure where the problem lies but here are some common places where water could be seeping into your home:

  • A cracked pipe under your sink or toilet
  • Cracks around faucets or pipes through which water flows (look under sinks)
  • Leaks caused by old washers, valves, and seals on appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines

Clean out your gutters

Gutters are the channels of rainwater that drain away from the roof and into downspouts, and they can become clogged with debris over time.

A clogged gutter is like a blocked drain in your bathroom, it causes water to back up and pool where it shouldn’t be, increasing the likelihood of them becoming pests breeding grounds.

You should clean your gutters at least once per year, but ideally, you will do it more often than that if you notice any issues during pest inspections.


Cut the grass, keep plants away from the house, trim hedges and bushes.

The grass is the perfect breeding ground for ants, so make sure you keep your lawn mowed and trimmed.

If you have trees on your property, trim back any overhanging branches so they don’t hang too low over your house.

This will help keep spiders from building webs on your exterior walls.

You also want to keep plants away from the house.

Pests love to hide in areas where they feel safe and secure, so make sure there aren’t any plants near the foundation of your home where pests can take up residence and cause damage over time.

Also, keep shrubbery away from windows and doors so there’s no place for pests to hide once they enter through an open window or door.

Trimming shrubs may not seem like an effective form of pest control at first glance, but it’s important to keep them looking well-maintained so they don’t attract unwanted visitors like ticks and mosquitoes.

Pest Control Solutions by Pest Control Professionals

The solutions above are simple, affordable, and easy to put together yourself.

However, for some people, these solutions may not be easy or they just don’t have the time.

And remember, there’s no shame in calling a pest control expert if you don’t feel comfortable trying to tackle it yourself.

That’s why Pestmaster is here. We can help you deal with pests in your homes in the safest way possible without using chemicals.

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