While major pest problems require the assistance of a trained and licensed pest control company, you can do so much at home to prevent pest infestations in the first place. Here we have compiled a list of some Do-it-Yourself (DIY) ways to keep those nasty little buggers out of your home or business property.

These DIY methods will prevent infiltration of common pests such as ants, ticks, termites, small rodents, and other insects.

Outside Your Home

First, check the current state of your screens in windows and doors. Repair any damages you may find in these areas. It is recommended to place screens in other possible openings in your home, such as chimneys or vents. As you check doors, make note of any cracks or spots where pests could push their way in. These same kinds of cracks can be anywhere on the exterior of your property. You can seal these holes using a common caulk. Large openings can also be lined with steel wool as this can frighten the animals away and prevent entry.

Keep your grass and bushes trimmed and generally kept away from the home structure. Overhanging branches should be pruned, as these lead pests right to your home. Certain items that attract pests, such as firewood, should be stored as far from the home as possible. Rain gutters should be cleared of leaves and other brush to avoid the possibility of standing water—a prime area for pests. To ensure the proper removal of water, make sure gutters and other pipes are clear and in good repair.

Swiftly repair any wood that is rotting or problematic. Deteriorating roof shingles can attract certain pests. Also make sure to fix any issues surrounding windows.

Inside Your Home

One of the best ways to prevent pest problems is through the proper and quick disposal of garbage. Throw your trash in the bin as soon as possible, and make sure to use a trash bin with a tight-fitting lid. In the kitchen, wipe counters frequently to avoid buildup of crumbs or sticky stains–sugar is a huge culprit which draws in ants. Vacuum carpets throughout the home at least once per week.
Store food in plastic containers, and keep fruit in the refrigerator. Even pet food should be transferred to well-sealed plastic containers.
Avoid in-home moisture or leaks by making sure all indoor pipes are strong, clear, and working properly. Check often around sinks to prevent these issues, and seek repairs right away if necessary. Areas which are prone to pest-friendly humidity can be dried out by the use of a dehumidifier.