The warmth of spring and summer that most of us have been looking forward to comes with the annoying presence of pests. Now that winter is over, most of us have to again contend with being woken up by buzzing mosquitoes in the middle of the night, or swatting flies away while we try to eat. Granted, the little guys we call insects are quite necessary to our environment. Their absence would collapse certain food chains, which would have a negative effect on local ecology. Therefore, a balance needs to be maintained in terms of preventing their decimation, but also ensuring that they do not populate our homes and spread diseases. An article by Morrow (2016) was published in Huffington Post and it explores the main ways that every homeowner can prevent the infestation of pests such as cockroaches and ants by following a regiment of basically keeping a house clean. An existing problem of pests might be harder to stamp out, requiring the professional pest control specialists to give solutions – but if you’ve been lucky in keeping that at bay for some time, here’s how we suggest you continue. This may sound like a military regime, but securing all entrances to your home is your first line of defence. From the little space underneath your front door to the gaps in those windows that don’t quite close properly, insects are small and will move in through those spaces. It has also been reported that an area in a state of drought will drive more insects indoors, as they search for the food and water they can’t find inside, in your home (Vogt 2016).