How to Prevent Bugs and Insects from Invading Your Home

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Arizona Resource Realty BR518926000

Indoor Bugs and Hot to Get Rid of Them

Bugs appreciate a good home for the same reasons that you do. They're looking for food, water, and a place to stay. They'll move in if they can locate these in your home. Ants, cockroaches, earwigs, firebrats, flies, house centipedes, Silverfish, and spiders are frequent household pests. Fleas and ticks in the house are a common problem for pet owners. Each of these pests can appear at various times throughout the year, and some are more problematic in specific regions of the country than others.


Allowing bugs to feel at ease is not a good idea.

Tiny holes around the entrance door and rips in the window screens are big "welcome!" signs that invite pests inside. At the same time, it may seem complicated to keep bugs out all of the time. So, here are some basic bug-removal techniques for your house.


Should seal cracks and openings.

Examine your screens, windows, and doors carefully. Caulk or fix any cracks or holes that you find. Replace your door's weather stripping to keep out not only chilly drafts but also bothersome pests. For bugs, little gaps and openings are like wide-open doors.


Organize your kitchen

Ants are drawn to delicious things. Rice, flour, cereal, and nuts are favorites of Indian meal moths (also known as "grain moths"). Flour beetles eat flour, cake mixes, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, and spices, among other things. Maintain a clean and crumbs-free environment on your floors and countertops. You may keep your flour in the freezer to keep pests out. Also, don't forget about your pet's food; insects such as the Indian meal moth will consume it.


Should dry damp Areas

Bugs aren't just looking for food; they're also looking for water. For example, Silverfish, springtails, and house centipedes like to spend their time in wet areas. Any dripping faucet drains or repair pipes. Check to see that your air conditioner, washer, and dryer are all in functioning order. Run a dehumidifier in parts of your home that are always wet, such as the basement. Don't forget to inspect the attic for signs of moisture.


Clean & Sweep regularly.

Bugs are repelled by good housekeeping, especially in the kitchen, where food crumbs might gather—regularly vacuum weekly and empty garbage cans. Drain flies will dwell in your kitchen sink, bathtub drains, and flies out looking for food if you don't clean them. To prevent bugs from causing the problem in your household, use a drain cleaner regularly. Cockroaches enjoy hanging out in stacks of magazines, newspapers, and cartons.

 

Maintain a Debris-Free Environment on the Outside

Bugs that could travel indoors can hide in firewood stacks, compost bins, and yard garbage. Make sure these locations aren't too close to the residence. Before bringing in firewood, inspect it for pests that have hitched a ride. Keep weeds and plant waste out of your landscaping beds, which can shelter insect pests, and trim plant branches away from your home's foundation.

 

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Comments (2)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tamra - these are good tips given that a "no vacancy" or "no entry" sign will not likely work.  

Oct 19, 2021 04:21 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

You got this! Thanks for your time, Michael. Enjoy your day!

Oct 19, 2021 12:12 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Keeping a tidy ship seems to be the general rule here.  Thank you, Mark

Oct 20, 2021 02:50 PM