Pests value your home for the same reasons you do. Like you, pests use your home as a place to shelter and escape weather extremes. Also like you, pests need sources of water and food, both of which are easily available in most homes. Knowing this, make your home as uninviting to pests as possible. You can get rid of ants, for instance, by sealing cracks and holes the bugs use to get into your home. Cutting pests off from food and water sources also helps with home pest control. Store food in tightly sealed containers to discourage bugs, clean kitchen counters on a regular basis, and throw out trash that might offer pests free meals. Dripping faucets and leaking pipes provide moisture for ants, cockroaches and other pests. Fixing plumbing and moisture problems cuts off pests' drinking supplies.Weather and Home Pest ControlThe weather has a direct effect on home pest control. Very wet weather or flooding drives pests indoors to get out of the rain. Rainy weather also stimulates insect breeding. More insects means more competition for food resources, increasing the chance bugs will come indoors to find food.Hot, dry weather and drought also drives pests indoors, both to seek shelter from the heat and to find water. As fall approaches, many pests seek the warmth of a cozy home to prevent freezing.Pest Control ProductsPest control products include traps, bait, poisons and insecticides. When using poisonous pest control products, be sure to keep the pest-killer out of reach of children and pets.Catch and release traps are available for larger pests, such as rodents, raccoons and skunks. If a large pest such as a raccoon gets into your attic or under your home, often it's easiest to wait for the animal to leave its den and then seal the entrance shut. Be sure all animals are out of the den: A larger animal will just burrow out, while young may die and rot in the sealed area, causing foul smells and possibly disease.Get Rid of Ants and Cockroaches NaturallyYou may be able to get rid of ants or cockroaches without resorting to pest control products. Scattering borax in cupboards and areas cockroaches frequent can poison the pests, although borax can also poison children or pets.Ants attracted to sugar may be killed with a combination of two cups sugar, one cup of water and two tablespoons of boric acid. The ants take the sugar syrup home, where other ants eat the poison and die. Again, care must be taken to keep pets and children away from the ant bait.Need More Help?If you need professional help with your project, LendingTree Home Pros can help.The good news is that LendingTree Home Pros maintains a directory of home service professionals and can match you with a home pro in your area. All the home pros listed in the LendingTree Home Pros directory are properly licensed and insured and are backed by a $10,000 money-back guarantee!Let LendingTree Home Pros help you find a pro today!