How to Get Rid of Household Pests

The other morning, I was up before the sun (as usual) and went to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. I flipped on the light, and what did I see? One solitary ROACH scrambling to hide under the edge of the cabinets.

OH NO. I HATE roaches. And I certainly hate them being in my home – where did that sucker come from?! I looked underneath the cabinets to find…a couple pieces of dog food that had gotten away from the dog and from my vacuum. Ah HA! I cleaned up the dog food, made short work of the roach and I’ve had no issues since then. 

Of course, the first time I see any kind of bug, I think, “Where are the rest of them?! Are we infested?! How many more are there?!”

So when Angela from NYCity Pest Control contacted me about a post on the best ways to get rid of household pests, I knew it was perfect timing. And she’s got some awesome ideas!

A household pest infestation will harm the health of your family if you don’t do anything about it. Everyone’s first instinct would be to use pesticides to kill them. But, it is harmful to you, your children and pets.  If you prevent them from entering the house in the first place, you do not have to face them, and you are taking the first step to saving your health.

Sometimes the infestation may be severe, and you cannot follow natural methods. Products available in the market are not as useful as the ones which expert pest control services use. At that time, you have to get help from professionals like NYCity Pest Control.

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However, until then…the first step to avoid severe pest infestation is to look for signs and areas that have problems. For example: firewood is home to termites and ants, so you must keep it at least 20 feet from your house.  And it is well-known to everyone that standing water is the primary reason for mosquitos to breed.  Also, you must keep shrubs and branches trimmed so that pests can’t enter your home.

The main thing that attracts pests is lack of hygiene. Keep your home clean and give more importance to your kitchen. You must always keep food in a sealed container or the refrigerator. And don’t forget to clean the bowls of your pets.

Here is an infographic which will help you to repel pests in your garden, as well!

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Vacuum your place at least twice a week. Also, make sure that your waste bins are sealed if you don’t feel like emptying your trash.

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A sink that is full of dirty dishes and water is a huge culprit. If the pipes that are beneath the kitchen and bathroom sink are leaky call a plumber and fix it immediately. Cockroaches are always looking for water, so it is up to you to keep all these places dry.

It just won’t do if you concentrate on keeping the inside of your house clean. You must keep your surroundings clean as well. You must secure the outside of your house so that pests won’t enter your house.

Many people keep their doors and windows open to bring fresh air, especially during the summer season. Also, summer is the time where pests and mosquitoes invade your home. So to enjoy fresh air, setup screens to windows and doors so that pest won’t enter.

Some of the bugs are tiny organisms, and they enter your home through small holes and cracks that will be invisible to you. So seal such areas using mortar or cement to stay bug-free. Bed bugs are irritating and their bites pose a serious threat to your health. So to avoid bed bug infestation, steam all your mattresses and fabrics; clean and vacuum your house regularly. You can hire pest control service who can also get rid of your bed bugs in New York, Las Vegas, SF or any other popular city.

Pests won’t disappear on their own unless you do something about it. You must also know the breeding and living patterns of these pests so that you can terminate them.

I now feel like I can handle whatever pest may invade my house, don’t you?! What is YOUR most HATED household pest? How do you get rid of it?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

12 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Household Pests

  1. We have a great pest control company that comes to our house every 3 months. They never come inside – everything is done from the outside. And I never see any roaches, spiders, etc. Thank goodness!

    On the other hand, I forgot to plant mint this spring beside the back and front doors and the flies are crazy bad this year. Every time the door opens a fly or two gets in. I hate those things!

    Very informative! Thanks!

  2. We had these little bug crawly things in our bathroom. It turned out there was a whole in the window screen which they were entering though. Well, that got fixed immediately. I’m not willing to share my space.
    I’m on a first name bases with our bug guy. He is the one that found the hole. Always love an easy solution

  3. I totally need a post like this because I have seen some stuff around here and wondered where they came from, and how many more are they (like you said). Had no idea roaches loved water. Yikes! I like to keep the doors opened during the summer for fresh air but it is not the best for bugs. My husband likes to go around and close the doors or at least pull the screen doors.

  4. I hate bugs of any kind especially roaches! We recently purchased an expensive bag of dog food which when opened turned out to be full of moths. I’m still mad about it and we are still killing moths. Dry dog food is one place we all need to be careful.

  5. Roaches are the worst!! No matter how clean my apartment is–they still appear–they live in the walls!! I have an exterminator in once a month and keep roach baits all over the place——-

  6. I have a section in one of my gardens that just won’t allow the arachnids to leave. I try everything. I’ll have to remember these tips

  7. This post is so useful! Thanks for sharing this. Pests can be tough especially when they’ve had the chance to multiply. This infographic is a definitely a good reference.

  8. These are great tips for getting rid of household pests. Spiders have been my biggest problem lately and I have been spraying around edges everywhere with vinegar mixed with lemon juice. They tend to avoid it for sure. Thanks for sharing the non toxic tips.

  9. mice and cockroaches really annoys me. This is such a great post regarding on how to get rid of the pest in our house. This would vbe very helpful to me 🙂

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