Once pests have taken residence in your home, they can multiply astonishingly fast. This can disrupt the daily routine of your household, and may also endanger your health and well-being.

When you are selling your home, eliminating pests from the premise should be a priority. Since conscientious home buyers know that home inspections are essential before committing to a property, be sure that it will pass important visual examinations such as a termite inspection.

If you have discovered unwanted home invaders, don’t despair. You may take a variety of actions to get rid of your unwelcome guests.

How to Have a Pest Free Home


Prevention is the first step in keeping pests out of your home. Taking preventative measures early on is not only easier, but much more cost effective in the long run. Here are some tips to help you prevent a pest infestation. Make sure that you put all food away as soon as you’re done with it. Securely close all packages and other containers that hold food items. Make a habit of washing dishes soon after you eat, and keep the floors free from crumbs and food spills.

Make sure to seal all windows and doors. Weather-stripping and door sweeps can inhibit tiny pests from crawling into your home. You might also want to have your home inspected for potential points of entry, such as cracks, crevices, holes, and other openings in places you cannot see or reach.


Your pest removal strategies will vary according to the kinds of unwanted visitors you have. Look for wasp nests around the perimeter of your home, and remove them when you see them. If the nests are still inhabited, you should hire an exterminator to eliminate any safety concerns. You will also require an exterminator to eradicate pests such as termites, fleas, cockroaches, spiders, or scorpions. Many pest control companies have humane methods for removing pests such as mice, squirrels, bats, and raccoons.

You can use natural techniques to repel certain types of pests if you would prefer not to use toxic chemicals. Burning citronella candles on your patio will assist with mosquitoes. Vinegar is known to repel ants, while citrus juices and peels are known to ward off spiders. To control the sudden presence of fruit flies, try leaving a few tall, open jars that contain a a cup of apple cider vinegar. Once they make their way into the substance they will not be able to make it out!

Pests in the home are never a pleasant issue to deal with, but they must be removed to preserve the health of your family. Preventative measures are generally the best way to approach these concerns. However, pests sometimes make their way into your home, no matter how careful you have been.

Before You Sell Your Property, Contact HomeGuard for Termite, Home, Roof Inspections and NHD Reports in the Bay Area and Sacramento

If you suspect that you may have termites in your home, contact HomeGuard today. We can also perform a roof inspection, home inspections, and NHD reports (natural hazard disclosure reports) in the Bay Area and Sacramento. If your home has been invaded by termites or otherwise damaged, we are also equipped to perform treatments and repairs. Call us at 855-331-1900, or reach us online for a free quote.