Protecting Your Home From Pests

No one wants to deal with pests in their home. And yet, so many people do. In many cases, homeowners go through the various guidelines for preventing pests, including keeping food put away and sealing up entrances. Even so, pesky creatures find a way inside.

While it’s important to keep following those guidelines, there is another step you should take: search for “pest control near me” that offers both outdoor and indoor pest control. Learn more about why below.


When pests have entered your home, you might wonder why you shouldn’t start with indoor pest control. That’s a good question, and it should certainly be a part of your overall plan. However, outdoor pest control offers something that indoor pest control doesn’t. It can actually prevent pests from entering your home in the first place.

As the weather warms up, pests that were hiding away and sleeping wake up – along with their offspring. Ants, cockroaches, spiders, mosquitoes, and termites start moving through your yard and discovering places to enter your home.

Outdoor pest control creates a barrier that kills these pests if they jump or walk on it. As such, it greatly reduces the likelihood of pests entering your home. This is also very useful if you have neighbors who are not as keen on keeping their homes and yards clean.

Another great benefit is that it can keep mosquitoes out of your yard. This allows you and your loved ones to enjoy outdoor time without irritating – and potentially dangerous – bites.

Your pest control provider will develop a customized treatment plan for the exterior of your home. They’ll also point out any areas that might attract pests, such as areas of standing water or dense vegetation, and provide guidance for how to best address these.


Unfortunately, there is always a chance that some pests find their way beyond the perimeter. Guests might bring them in as the enter, or they might find their way into your shopping bag or suitcase if you’ve traveled. Additionally, many people already have pests living in their home. Therefore, it’s important that indoor pest control be included in your service.

Indoor pest control can help reduce and eventually eliminate pests from your home. This includes cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, termites, ants, rats and mice, and any other creatures that you want gone. Not only are these pests a nuisance, but they can also spread various diseases.

As with outdoor pest control, your provider will develop a customized plan according to your needs. If they notice any openings where pests might be getting in or any issues that might attract pests, they can provide the necessary guidance to help you address them.

By combining both outdoor and indoor pest control, you can have peace of mind that you and your loved ones are safe and free from annoying pests. Reach out to some pest control companies in your area to determine what services they offer and whether they provide a free inspection and estimate.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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