Getting Rid of the Pests in Your Home

How to control cockroaches, ants, wasps, and more

Copyright © Michelle Lee; All rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission. Posted June 17, 2012

Common household roaches; photo courtesy Pengo


If different rooms in your home get filled with rodents and insects during the cold winter days, you might be tempted to use chemical sprays to get rid of them. Instead of using these chemical sprays, you can use other green, safe methods to prevent these pests from entering your home and make your home virtually pest proof.

These are not only safe but free as well. If you still want to use the chemical sprays, then you have to live with inhaling unhealthy air. Some of the alternative methods for trapping pests are provided by a pest control company from Gold Coast, Australia and are quite effective.

Remember, for bigger infestations, call a professional, but here’s what you can do on your own and COMPLETELY FREE:

  • Making use of suitable traps
  • Cleaning up the kitchen
  • Closing the entry point of the pests
  • Plugging the gap between the door bottom and floor
  • Using a vacuum cleaner
  • Plugging the leaking faucets

Making Use of Traps

There are different types of traps available in a pest control marketplace that can trap the pest without killing it. One such trap that could be useful is the glue trap. Using a glue trap, you will be able to able trap cockroaches, spiders, spiders, ants, and crickets.

Cleaning the kitchen

You have to ensure that the kitchen gets cleaned on a daily basis. As part of kitchen cleaning, the following activities has to carried out:

  • Washing the countertops with Vinegar to get rid of insect odor
  • Putting the used dishes into the dish washer at the end of the day
  • Sweeping the floors of the kitchen
  • Mopping any spill over on the floor
  • Emptying the garbage
  • Carefully transferring the groceries to the proper containers without spillage

By maintaining kitchen in this manner on a dally basis, you will be able to prevent the entry of ants and roaches that come inside the kitchen looking for food. You can also prevent the entry of spiders and wasps that come looking for smaller insects like ants.

Closing the Entry Point of the Pests

Most of the pests that come into the different rooms of your home come through certain holes and openings available at the different corners of your home. You can seal these corner holes using silicone caulk tubes that can be bought from the local hardware stores such as Home Depot or Lowes.

Window and door frames are also possible entry points for the insects to get in to your rooms. Pipe lines that run through your home are also possible sources for the insects to get in to your home.

If the holes are larger, then you can use a wire mesh to close the hole. By closing all the possible entry points of the pests, you are making your home to be totally pest proof.

Plugging the Gap Using Door Sweeps

You can also install door sweeps that will plug the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. These door swaps are also available from local hardware stores. All you have to do is to screw the door sweep to the bottom of your entry doors. This is another area to prevent the entry of pests in to your home.

Using Vacuum Cleaners

By ensuring that you do one round of Vacuum cleaning every week, you will be able to catch and remove all those insects that would have crept in to your home in spite of sealing their entry points. Some insects, particularly small bugs and roaches, can crawl through even the most minute openings.

By employing all the above techniques, you can definitely make your home virtually pest proof.

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