No one likes living with mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, spiders, and other insects in their homes, but choosing the chemical pest-control sprays are going to only pollute the air inside your home, and can even put you in danger of different types of cancer and nervous system problems. (Here are 7 methods you should take to detox the air in your home). Furthermore, they’re unnecessary: The best way of handling insects and other unwanted pests in your home is keeping them out in the first place by completely pest proofing your house.

Most pests can be controlled with some DIY pest control tricks that take less than 15 minutes and could actually save you money in the long run.

Here’s what to do:
Lay Out Sticky Traps
It will take all of 5 minutes to set up adhesive traps,
Anything that crawls such as spiders, stinkbugs, roaches, ants, crickets, and silverfish.

Clean Up Your Kitchen
Put aside 15 minutes of every day to wipe down your countertops with vinegar as vinegar eliminates odor paths left behind by foraging insects such as ants), put dirty dishes in your dishwasher, sweep your floors, mop up any spills, put away food, and empty your garbage, if needed. On shopping day, transfer any food that comes in a plastic bag from its original packaging to tightly sealed glass jars, particularly grains, rice, pet food, and nuts.
Pests coming inside looking for a meal, from roaches and ants to mice, as well as wasps and spiders, which feed on the insects coming indoors looking for food.

Seal Up Their Entry Points
Insects and mice will use even the tiniest hole to get inside your warm, cozy home, and a tube of low-VOC silicone caulk, which you can find at any hardware store, can be your best friend in sealing up those holes.
Pay particular attention to window and door frames, the seal around your external dryer vent, anyplace where pipes enter or leave your home, and anywhere TV or cable wires come inside. Stuff some steel wool into larger holes, or cover them with wire mesh, before sealing them up.
Bonus: In sealing up all those pest entry points, you’ll also be sealing up tiny air leaks that allow precious heat to escape your home during the winter.
Every pest that views your house as its new home.

Install A Door Sweep
Another tool that keeps pests from entering your home and will save you energy this winter, a door sweep blocks the gap between the bottom of your door and the ground. You can buy one at hardware stores , and for a super-easy fix, buy the kind that simply sticks onto the door with an adhesive strip-no drilling needed.
As with caulk, every pest that views your house as its new home.

It won’t be possible to seal up every hole or keep every critter from crawling indoors. That’s where a weekly vacuuming session comes in handy. You’ll suck up any crawling insects that make it indoors and trap them before they can get crushed and stink (stinkbugs) or leave stains (some varieties of ladybugs). Plus, if they’re gross-cockroaches-you can vacuum them up without having to squish anything.
All crawling insects.

Clear The Clutter
In addition to weekly vacuuming, spend 15 minutes a week clearing out piles of newspaper or junk mail and removing piles of clothing from your floors. All these things serve as nice, dark hiding places for insects.
Roaches, spiders, stinkbugs, and silverfish.

Fix Leaky Faucets
Insects need water to survive, and the most common source for them is a drippy faucet. Crud accumulation can open the seal of many single-lever faucets, forcing a slow leak. Fixing leaky faucets is a lot easier than you might think and, like sealing up cracks, it’s an insect-control measure that’s good for your wallet and for the planet. (Here are 10 Ways To Save Water In Your Garden)
Here’s how to fix a leaky faucet: Turn off the water supply under the sink, and loosen the screw at the base of the faucet handle. Lift off the faucet handle, disassemble the washers and movable parts, and soak them in white vinegar. (Replace any washers that have obvious cracks or gaps.) Wipe everything dry and put the faucet back together.
Mice, cockroaches, and spiders.

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