A Guide to Proactive Pest Control: How to Protect Your Home

While we all know about the bug spray, what can one do to help guard your home against pests?

When handling the maintenance of your home, there are many roles in the house and garden that can seem to become routine, almost to the point we can do them on autopilot.

Of course, while we may often get the occasional bug in the home, it is something that many of us don’t want to be dealing with regularly, especially in regards to our living conditions.

While we all know about the bug spray, what can one do to help guard your home against pests?

Well, don’t panic dear readers, for I am here to help you and give you your handbook on steps you can take with every pest, from those filthy roaches to the sneaky sewer rat.

Remove or Re-Home:

Remove or Re-Home

When it comes to a majority of common household pests, they can, unfortunately, do a fair amount of potential damage to your home.

Those such as termites can cause damage to your framework, while those such as fleas and ticks can spread harmful diseases to both you and your animal companions.

Pest control services in Melbourne can assist in the removal (and in the case of possums, re-homing) of a variety of pests, helping to keep your home safe.

Allow Residence to Some Handy Helpers:

While it may not be true of all household creatures, some can help you, if you are willing to co-exist happily.

I speak of course, of our eight-legged arachnids. While they can indeed unnerve some, depending on the species of spider, they can be an assistant and help ward off different pests, such as common flies. They get a good meal and they help you out, limiting insecticides.

Just be sure it’s your common household one – you don’t want redbacks (black widows) or funnel webs wandering the property – hence why they can get a bad rap.

Let Nature Play a Protective Role:

In the sense of nature and working in harmony with it, other forms can naturally deter various pests and build a natural barrier around your home. Look no further than certain plants.

If you truly aren’t willing to co-exist with an arachnid or aren’t a fan, those such as mint keep them away. However, “mint can be an invasive plant, so make sure you keep it in a container.”

Other plants that will deter pests can include the citronella oil, found in lemongrass, chrysanthemums and many of those in your herb gardens, such as basil and chives.

Properly Dispose of Your Garbage and Plant Matter:

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but it is common for outdoor pests to enter your home through your garden leaves. They can also find easy access to food by rifling through your rubbish.

From a possum to harvest mice and, heaven forbid, a sewer rat, rodents and other pests can get in quickly and invade if your rubbish isn’t contained well enough.
Properly Dispose of Your Garbage and Plant Matter
They can then reside close to your house within trees or plant matter as, according to The Spruce, “yard waste also can draw in pests that might see it as either a nest or a food source.”

By cleaning down your yard regularly and storing your bins correctly, as well as well sealed, you should be able to minimise the number of pests that set up camp near your house.


Therefore, when it comes to protecting your home against a variety of pests, remind yourself to:

  • Call in an exterminator for pests that need to be removed, such as rodents and termites.
  • Consider some household creatures that may be beneficial to you.
  • Call on nature’s plant life to create protection.
  • Properly dispose of garbage and clean out your yard.

All the best to you dear readers and good luck!