Pest Proofing Your Home DIY Style / Anything Helps?

Some things customers do with chemicals to combat pest infestations just make me scratch my head. I’ve had homeowners dump a 50 gallon drum of used motor oil around their home to thwart termites. If there’s any left over they’ve been known to put it ON the cat to kill the fleas. Others have set off multiple bug bombs thinking the massive cloud would solve their dilemmas, pounds of Borax covering common living areas, Hundreds if not thousands spent on bed bugs and even Raid by the case for an occasional roach. I suppose if I were to write down all the things I have seen, I’d need another blog just for the server space. So if you have one to add, just place it down in the comment section below.

Some clients however take a different approach and although a part of me wants to laugh out loud when I see such contraptions-the other part wants to stand up and applaud their efforts with a hefty, atta boy! These are some inventive people and either they’ve finally listened to their bug man who extols the virtue of ‘keeping bugs out’ or perhaps,- some who just got tired of the expense and mess of pounding an area over and over with expensive pest products only to have the problem return soon after the residuals are gone.

For whatever reason I say Thank You- not only for the effort to help out in your pest control service but also in just a little laugh. 😉 (In some cases-it’s a nervous laugh)

Tissue paper does make a nice seal-to bad mice like it for nesting material. A+ for effort though

After all that and the squirrel still gets in?Oh well- Off to Lowes for another roll of Hardware cloth!

All that caulk and the roaches find that ONE spot I didn’t cover? Who’d a thunk?

Well that’ll keep the big ol bugs out–BTW, your wife wants her strainer back-it’s spaghetti night!

I bought the yellow lights– I just need to get up enough energy to put em in. The bugs aren’t that bad yet, I’ll get to it next week.

Ok, so I used Borax which is safe for the family but I’m worried about what you have in that little can. Is it safe & can it get rid of the fleas I still have?

Ok, It took years to finally get rid of that jug of chlordane–I’m so glad I found this in the shed!

Who says old re-runs of MacGuyver aren’t worth watching? My duct tape blockade for those pesky ants will work for years.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • I had to laugh at those, I love chicken wire. It makes that $250,000 home look special and downright fabulous on those pigeon and bird jobs. I recently went into a home that had Bed Bugs and I have never seen so much (DE) Diatomaceous

    Earth on the floor around the entire bedrooms. Every time you moved it was like a cloud following you. Great article on Do It Yourself pest control techniques.

  • Well at least they’re trying…lol choke cough-eh eh emm-powder in my throat,,,excuse me 😉

  • Jeremiah Olsen

    They always find a way, dont they? I always see pests going right for the chink in the armor. Great post.

  • It’s a conspiracy!