Complete DIY Guide on How to Do Your Own Pest Control

Why pay more when you can pay less and get rid of pests?

You’re now reading our complete guide to controlling and getting rid of pests.  We created this do-it-yourself guide to teach you how to do your own pest control.  We will show you how to get rid of pests using some of the same techniques professional exterminators and service technicians use.

We’ll even instruct you on how to rid your home of bugs, insects, and rodents using very effective all-natural methods.  This means you will not have to use pesticides and insecticides that are hazards to your health if this is an area that concerns you. Of course, we will also recommend professional-grade pesticides that you can buy locally or online.

Why you should not be paying for pest control services

When most individuals encounter pest problems, their first reaction is to call the exterminator. They mistakenly believe that pest control is so technical that you need formal training and a license to do the work. This is just not the case nowadays.

Let me be the first to tell you there is no need for you to hire a pest company if you are willing and able to do the work yourself. You don’t need months of formal education and a license. You can do your own pest control for many of the most common household pests. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get rid of fleas, ticks, rats, cockroaches, ants, mice, bed bugs, termites, spiders and more.

Can I really do pest control myself?

Okay! At this point, you’re probably wondering how is it done and can I do this myself. Furthermore, you’re likely fearful and overthinking this. The conversation you’re having with yourself now is something along the lines of “if pest control it so easy to do, why isn’t everyone else doing it”.

The pest control industry has conditioned consumers to believe the services they offer are highly technical and therefore something you must pay for or else you’ll mess things up. This is just not the case. It is very much possible for you to exterminate and remove bugs, insects, and rodents without having to hire a professional company. To be successful all you need is a little bit of knowledge and you will understand how to go about taking care of your needs.

What are the benefits of diy pest control?

Pests such as insects, bugs, and rodents are everywhere and unavoidable.  If you continue to live, eat, and breathe chances are at some point you will have to deal with pesky critters invading your home at some time. You basically have two options when it comes to keeping your home pest-free.

  1. You can hire an exterminator
  2. Our you can do pest control yourself

If you’re reading this article now it’s obvious you want to do your own pest control.  I’m already sold on the benefits of do-it-yourself pest control and have turned many of my friends onto this way of living too.  Many who are now handling pests themselves without outside assistance from professional pest control companies.

If you still need to be sold on this movement here are a few of the numerous benefits of doing things yourself.

  • You can save time – instead of paying $45 to $75 per month, you have a onetime cost of ~$75 per year
  • You can save money – this is probably the number one reason folks decide to do pest control themselves.  We have found it is much cheaper to purchase supplies yourself than it is to pay an expert.
  • You can choose safe products – this is important if you are concerned about the health of your family and pets.  Go with green, eco-friendly pest treatments to reduce health risks associated with using pesticides and insecticides.
  • Easy to learn – there are a lot of free resources and advice available online.  This website is just one of many sources that provide straightforward and easy to follow the guidance.
  • Easy to maintain – Once you put your pest control plan in action it’s easy to maintain a pest-free home.

Why is it important to control and eliminate pests?

It’s important that you control and remove the pest from in and around your home. Pests carry and spread diseases that can affect your health.  For example, ticks can carry Lyme disease and mosquitoes can transmit the West Nile virus.  Pests can even contaminate your food and water supply so that when you eat and drink you get sick. They also can damage your property and belongings.

Wood destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants can tear your home apart in a matter of months.  Mice, rats, and other rodents can chew through your walls, baseboards, and electrical wires causing all kinds of problems. You must do regular pest control treatments for all of the reasons I just explained.

Does do-it-yourself pest control really work?

The rank and file in the pest control business will tell you that you should not do pest control yourself.  They say it is a waste of time, it’s dangerous, they can provide the service cheaper, and DIY methods do not work.  Pest control companies want to convince you that they are the only ones who can perform the job and they are motivated by money.

But the truth and reality of the situation are that you can control, eliminate, and remove rodents, bugs, and insects all by yourself without professional help.  All you really need is a little bit of knowledge, strategies, and a few effective products to get the job done. You will learn all of this information and more here today.

What are the best pest control solutions for DIYers?

I know a lot of people who live in pest-free homes.  They may see an occasional pest here and there. But when they do they deal with the situation at hand immediately.  For the most part, these people are living comfortably without having to worry about pests getting into their homes. Do you want to know what all these people have in common?

They are all proactive in preventing issues before they become a problem. They don’t sit around without doing anything, instead, they think ahead and do what is necessary to prevent creepy critters from entering their homes. So now you know prevention is the best strategy.


If you have a solid pest prevention strategy in place and you execute it correctly you will never get a chance to use some of the pest control methods you will read about later in this article.

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Lynn Edwards

I founded DIY Pest Control Guide with the intention of sharing practical, user-friendly pest control strategies. If you need assistance, reach out to me at - I'm here to help you reclaim your peace of mind.

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