While some people are fascinated by bugs, others are afraid of them. Nonetheless, one thing we can all agree on is the fact that bugs should have no place in the home. Apart from insects creating filthy conditions, insects like mosquitoes and ticks can spread diseases to pets and humans in the home, and bees and wasps sting. And according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, the common cockroaches you know aren’t as harmless as they can contribute to asthma attacks and allergies, especially in kids.
Making your home free of bugs can seem like an impossible task since there are over a million types of bugs in the world. But the good thing is when you understand what attracts them to your home; it’s a lot easier to make changes that will keep them out for good.
Ready? But before we share tips to help keep bugs away, let’s talk briefly about how these bugs always manage to creep into your home even after hiring pest control services and using all kinds of pest treatments.
Bugs can come in through doors, windows, vents, walls, and even chimneys. And with these, without further ado, let’s go straight into it.
8 pest control tips and tricks.
Ensure your doors are properly sealed
A tightly sealed door can keep bugs and insects out of your home just as a locked door can help keep burglars out. Most insects are very little and don’t require much space to crawl through to get inside so having large gaps and spaces under, above, or anywhere really around you unknowingly welcomes them to come in. So if you have so many insects coming into your home, you should check if your doors have gaps around them and patch them up quickly. And while you’re patching up those gaps, ensure your doors are always closed so the purpose of patching up isn’t defeated.
Install window nets
Allowing some fresh air into your home is super important and how can that be done; through the windows. All you want to do some days is throw the windows open especially when the weather is super hot.
Installing window nets allow you to enjoy some fresh air without having an insect invasion. And if you already have those, double-check to make sure there are no tears or holes or just gotten weak over time.
Make sure your yard is well taken care of
Yard care can affect bug infestations negatively and/or positively especially when it comes to insects like fleas and mosquitoes. Ensure your yard is neat and clean all the time to avoid the problems of insect infestation. Eliminate pooled water, and build a proper drainage system, if you have a pool, ensure it is filtered every day, and make sure you sweep away leaves so the insects don’t have a place to hide or reproduce.
Items for outdoor use should be kept outside
If you have a lawn or a garden, there’s a high chance that you will have pieces of equipment for your lawn and garden such as shoes, buckets, etc. These items should only be brought into the house when they have been properly cleaned because bringing these dirty items into your house means you unknowingly bring in bugs and insects as well. This also includes items such as bicycles; these can be kept in a safe place outside. It could be in a small shed outside or in the garage if you have one.
This is a very important tip. Some homeowners have boxes that haven’t been used in a while or maybe even spoiled, just sitting there, gathering dust. Get rid of them and while you’re at it, get rid of those bags of toys that your kids have outgrown as well. These items will only serve as a breeding ground for insects and germs in your home. You can sell, give out or just get rid of spoiled or old items you know you don’t need or will not need for a very long time.
Trash should be properly stored
Have you heard the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, yes. In this case, the other man is the cockroach, rat, and other bugs and pests. Your trash has to be stored neatly and properly to avoid turning it into a feast for pests.
Food wastes should be kept in only the kitchen and not trashcans around the house and the cans in the kitchen should have a tight lid and be emptied every day. Also, the cans should be cleaned and sanitized often especially when they are clearly dirty.
Keep your home dry
Bugs and Insects love a moist environment. Insects are generally known to be found in places that have some form of water or moisture in them and your house is not excluded. Be sure to fix leaky pipes or cracks around your sink or any other wet spots in the home or you’ll attract the insects.
Keep your pets clean and clean up after them
You may not know this, but when your pets go out for some playtime or a walk, some bugs and insects actually attach themselves to it and that’s how they get into your home so ensure they take a bath often and are well-groomed. Also don’t forget to clean up after your pets because while you eat in a cautious manner, they don’t and pet foods or crumbs left on the floor makes a really good feast for the pests you’ve been trying so hard to get rid of.
If you have been struggling with bugs, pests, and insects in your home, I hope you find this useful. The truth is no matter what type of property or home you have, bugs always find a way to crawl in. If you need some help carrying out the above tasks, you can visit www.ubuy.ng to hire professionals who would get the job done in no time.
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