The minute the weather starts to warm up, bugs start to move. Unfortunately, many times they move into our homes! The team at Jeremy Pest Control has put together these tips to keep bugs out.
Start Outside Where Bugs Live
Bugs will find even the tiniest holes to enter your home. Search out and seal up any possible entry points. Sealing windows and door frames is the best place to start:
Add Weatherstripping to the Door Frame
Weatherstripping is inexpensive, easy to install, and keeps bugs from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and also along the bottom of the frame.
Install a Door Sweep
A door sweep blocks the gap between the bottom of your door and the ground. You can buy one at any hardware store, and for a super-easy fix, buy the kind that simply sticks onto the door with an adhesive strip—no drilling needed.
Don’t Forget Screens and Screen Doors
Bugs can also sneak in through holes or tears in your existing screens. Check for damage and repair or replace any holes, tears, or loose screens.
Investigate the Exterior of Your Home
You’d be surprised at all the places bugs can find outside your home that lead them straight in. Because they are small, even the smallest spaces allow access. Make sure to examine these areas:
Check Your Pipes, Vents, & Phone Lines
Water, gas, electrical, or air-conditioning pipes may be located at ground level or along the roof line. Visually follow cable and telephone lines from outside poles to find the path they take into your home. Don’t forget to look around outdoor faucets, electrical outlets, and exterior dryer vents. Fill smaller gaps or cracks using silicone caulk. For larger openings, keep an eye out for expandable polyurethane foam.
Check for Damage
Look for damaged or missing sections of siding, cracks in foundations, loose or crumbling brick and rotted wood. Use mortar or cement to patch foundations. Clear away damaged bricks and add new ones, filling the joints with mortar. Replace rotting wood or trim, and repair or replace damaged sections of siding or cladding. Pay attention to the roof line, where gaps or holes in the fascia board or soffit make perfect places for bees and wasps to build nests.
Check for Potential Landscaping Problems
Try keeping stray branches from trees and shrubs away from your walls, so bugs don’t make the natural transition from their home to yours. Keeping mulch away from your foundation will also help reduce the bug infiltration.
Clear the Clutter in Your Home
Spend a few minutes a week clearing out piles of newspaper, magazines, or boxes that may be sitting on your floors. Also, remove piles of clothing from your floors. Put clothes in baskets in your laundry room. Insects like roaches, spiders, silverfish and stink bugs like dark hiding places and cockroaches especially like the smell of paper or cardboard.
Close the Bug Buffet in Your Kitchen
Food is one of the main things that attracts bugs inside your home. Keep food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Even pet food bags and pet food dishes can attract critters, so keep pet food in a sealed bin and keep food bowls as clean as possible. Wipe down your countertops with vinegar (vinegar removes odor trails left behind by insects such as ants), put dirty dishes in your dishwasher, sweep your floors, mop up any spills, put away food, and empty your garbage, if needed.
Keep Things Dry
Moisture definitely attracts insects. Wet areas serve as both a breeding ground and a drinking fountain for bugs. Moisture can attract cockroaches, spiders, and even mice. Sinks filled with dirty dishes and standing water are obvious places but don’t forget about pipes beneath the sink or in the bathroom that can be leaking. Places like basements and attics can be damp. If you find excessive moisture in these areas, consider a dehumidifier.
Set Out Sticky Traps for Crawling Bugs
Glue traps are a simple way to eliminate crawling bugs. They work especially well in hard to reach places like behind refrigerators and large pieces of furniture, in pantries, and closets. They are easy to use and affordable.