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The 5 Best Pest Preventers You Need at Home

I have no problem with bugs and rodents, as long as they stay out of my house. Here are my five favorite ways to keep out bugs and rodents and get rid of them if they've already invaded.

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trapVia Amazon.com

Tried-and-True Mousetrap

Many have tried to build a better mousetrap, but this old standby is still the gold standard. I prefer it to poison because I don’t want the little buggers to run off and expire and decay inside a wall. Also, poison isn’t safe to use around pets. Learn 11 things mice don’t want you to know.

Get this mousetrap on Amazon now.

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SweepVia Amazon.com

Pest Control Door Sweep


Insects and rodents can squeeze into tiny spaces, but they prefer not to. Add weather stripping and a door sweep that conforms to the threshold to discourage them. Learn the best way to weather strip a door here.

Buy it now on Amazon.

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InsectVia Amazon.com

Bug Barrier Spray


It’s always preferable to prevent these pests from showing up in the first place. An insect barrier spray around your home’s perimeter is a good place to start. Fear a pest problem at your house? Read this ultimate guide for dealing with ants, mice and other pests.

Order this buy spray now.

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SkellVia Amazon.com

Go Wild West on Insects


This might be the coolest insect killer I’ve seen. Who wants a fly swatter when you could have this salt-spraying bug shotgun?! Learn more about how to get rid of flies here.

Get this fun pest control product now.

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Ant Via Amazon.com

Terro Ant Killer


The first time my mom put this stuff out when I was a kid, I was fascinated. The ants would march in line to take their poison, never to be seen again. Find out other tips for getting rid of ants here.

Buy it now on Amazon.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.