Pests can definitely be a nuisance and not only can they drive you insane, but they can create holes in your financial pockets as well.

Luckily, there is a wealth of information available on how you can easily keep your home free from common pests such as cockroaches, spiders, ants, mice, rats and crickets. Your first impulse would be to whip out your bug spray, but that does not necessarily deal with the source, and as long as you haven’t done that, the bugs will keep coming.

There are different things you can do both in and outside of your home to keep pests at bay. Follow these home pest control tips mentioned below to help rid your home of those pesky pests.

Outside

Before they can make their way into your home, pests will need to have a reason to be around your home in the first place.

1. Plants- Ensure that you keep your plants trimmed back. Cut off any branches that are hanging over your house. These plants or branches form bridges that insects can use to crawl across and get into your home.

2. Gaps And Cracks- Check the exterior of your house for cracks in the walls, loose shingles, gaps in the wiring, or even the pipes. All these are potential spots for pests to come crawling in. It may take time and money to have the repairs done, but in the long run, they will prevent pests from coming in, and eventually save you money on pest control.

3. Windows And Doors- All it takes is a little gap or crack for an insect to crawl through and make its nest in your home. Ensure that you fill up any gaps or cracks in your home. Also check for tears in your screen doors.

4. Lights- It is normal for most people to place lights on the outside walls of their homes, with most of the lights being near doors and windows. Light attracts insects and if the light is too near a door or window, these insects could easily creep into your home. Sydney pest control services suggest that you use high pressure sodium vapor or even halogen lights instead of mercury vapor lights.

5. Trash- Ensure that your litter bins have tight fitting lids to prevent insects from crawling inside. Cover or drain any standing water to prevent bugs from breeding there. You are also advised to clean your trash bins on a regular basis to ensure they are too clean for insects to live in.

Inside

6. Drains- Be in the habit of cleaning out your drainage systems every once in a while to get rid of the gunk that would have otherwise been an ideal breeding site for insects. There are some pest control products that can be poured into drainages to dissolve any gunk that may have formed.

7. Food Storage- Once you open a can or packet of food, it is advised that you transfer the food to a sealable container with a tight fit. Open food will provide a feeding spot for the insects and they will multiply, making it harder to get rid of them. If you have any old or stale food, through it away. Spoilt food is one of things that attract pests to a home.

8. Pets- Pets are fun to keep but they can be one of the sources of your pest problem in your home. Animals such as dogs and cats go outside every once in a while and it is easy for insects such as fleas and ticks or even ants to attach themselves to their fur. You can prevent this by giving your pets a good brush down to remove any insects on their fur. Also, bath them regularly with an insect repelling product.

9. Take Care Of Leaking Pipes- Leaking pipes or drainage systems can cause damp spots anywhere in your house. Most insects like damp, cold and dark areas, most of which are hard to find. Do a thorough check of your house and be on the lookout out for damp spots that are often a sign of a faulty pipe system. Have them fixed, and replace any rotten wood that may be as a result of water leaking onto it.

10. Travelling- It is advised that you have your clothes and luggage thoroughly washed after you get back from a travel destination. This is because insects such as bed bugs, can easily find their way into your home when you unknowingly carry them back from your hotel room. They can easily crawl into your travel bags without detection. Machine-wash your clothes and add a strong detergent to kill any insects hiding in the lining or pockets of your clothes.

Author's Bio: 

Adler Conway work full time as a freelance writer and editor. He is passionate about writing and writes blogs on various services.