Day 3: Eliminate

In the investigate step, we discussed the many ways and reasons that pests could enter your home or inhabit your lawn and garden, and now, after studying and preparing, it is time to eliminate the problems you may have identified.

Pests need three things to survive: food, water, and a place to live.  While you may not always be able to cut off their supply of food and water, there are steps you can take to help them find a home away from yours.

During the elimination step, you are physically taking actions to cut pests off at the source – by finding ways to prevent them from entering your home or inhabiting your yard.  In this step, you are actively fixing problems – both inside and out – based on the solutions you deemed appropriate during the study and preparation steps.

On the inside of your home, this means caulking gaps around windows and doors, filling cracks in your walls that may lead outside, and fixing any water leaks that could provide an entrance or source of water for pests.

Looking to the outdoors, consider pruning trees and bushes so they do not provide a path to your home, mowing, weeding and fertilizing regularly, mulching to reduce weeds in bedding areas, and keeping soil and grass at least three inches from your home’s foundation so as to not create a type of ramp for pests into your foundation.

Whatever prevention actions you take, make sure to visit,, to find safe and effective solutions to your pest problems. Also be sure to check out Janet’s video for the day for tips on how to eliminate pests’ entry into your home.

Categories: Gardening Health Miscellaneous Pest Management Uncategorized
Back to top