DIY Methods for Controlling Common Indoor Pests

Are you looking for ways to take charge of your own pest control? With these DIY techniques, you can easily manage common indoor pests. Start by filling any holes where pests may enter your home with copper mesh and foam sealer. Leave about half an inch of space to allow the foam to expand. This will keep pests out of your house for good. If you're dealing with fruit flies, grab a small bowl and pour in some apple cider vinegar.

Cover the container with plastic wrap and poke a couple of holes in the plastic about the size of a pencil tip. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and can get in but not out. When you have an infestation, traps are the best option. For rodents, you can take an old bucket and place some peanut butter on the bottom. Rats or mice will climb onto the object but won't be able to get out.

You can also use classic mousetraps for more radical solutions. Insects aren't just looking for food, they're also looking for water. Silverfish, springtails, and domestic centipedes prefer humid places, so make sure to repair any faucet, drain, or leaky plumbing. Use a dehumidifier in areas of your home that are always humid, such as the basement, and check your attic to make sure it's dry.

Elmer Bensinger

, a pest control specialist at Eden Advanced Pest Technologies in Spokane, Washington, has been studying pest control for 25 years. He says that the most common household pests are ants, cockroaches, carpet beetles, silverfish, fruit flies, food moths, stink bugs, and rodents.