Preventing pests means you not only avoid the nuisance of an infestation - but you can also limit your pesticide use. After all, there’s no need to treat pests if they don't become an issue in the first place! Below are some general ways you can naturally prevent pests from entering your home and yard.
Think like a bug
Apply barriers to the home
Tidy up the yard
Keep the house clean
Ventilate humid areas
Remove “bridges” to the home:
Frank, S., L. Bradley and K. Moore. North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook
North Carolina State Extension. Chapter 8. Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
University of California IPM. Applying IPM in your home and landscape.