Insects are a common annoyance for many people. They tend to be prevalent in warmer locations and during warmer weather. They like a nice home just like humans do, because they are actively seeking food, water and shelter.
If insects can find these comforts in your home, odds are they’ll try to move in. Leftover food and water are highly attractive to cockroaches, ants and other insects. That’s why it’s important to clean up spills and messes as soon as possible. It’s not only healthier for you and the people and animals who live in your home, but it also provides fewer opportunities for insects and spiders to invade your domicile.
There are a lot of products that you can buy to prevent insects from taking up space in your house. Take some time to read the warning labels carefully, so that you fully understand how to use each product and are aware of any possible side effects that can be caused by using them. You can also go online to read articles and get advice from other homeowners about dealing with pesky bugs.
Here are a few simple tips for handling common household pests:
1. Seal any gaps outside your home
Many insects are looking for easy access to your home. Cracks in your home’s foundation or gaps in your door or window frames can provide great entry points for insects. You can prevent these home invaders by sealing any foundation cracks and gaps in window or door frames or near electrical box or utility line junctions. Another important area to manage are the gaps in and around your sink, tub and other water sources. While you may not be able to prevent every bug from entering your home, at least you’ve greatly reduced their chances of many of them being able to get in.
2. Buy a vacuum cleaner
Another easy way to get rid of pests that are already in your home is by investing in a quality vacuum cleaner. Using it every day can eliminate spiders, flies, ants and other troublesome insects that are looking to take up space in your house. Many of them like to hide wherever they can in your home. Using your vacuum on a regular basis can get rid of insects and keep them from coming back. You may have to spend a little effort using attachments to reach corners and crevices, but the effort is well worth it.
3. Change your sheets regularly
Bed bugs are becoming more of a problem wherever you go. They’ve been known to linger in carpets, rugs, upholstery and luggage as well as bedding. In order to avoid spreading a bedbug infestation, Jordan Larson from CustomBedBug.com recommends that you put your bedding in a plastic bag and seal it before moving it out of your room for washing. Regularly cleaning your sheets and other areas of your home can identify common insects and eliminate them for good.
4. Check your pets
Cats and dogs are frequent carriers of ticks, fleas and other insects. Flea bites can cause eczema in humans and can be painful for your animals as well. Talk to your veterinarian about flea collars and other products that are safe for your pets to use. You should shake out and clean your pet’s bedding area at least once a week and you can use flea spray if you see ticks or fleas in your home.
5. Don’t leave unused food out in the open
Flour moths, ants, flies and other insects love food that has been sitting out in the open. They can lay eggs in it and further contaminate your home. Put any food that you still plan on eating in resealable containers and dispose of peelings and any other food that you’ve thrown in the garbage quickly. If you have water or other spills, clean them as soon as possible, as they can also attract insects.
6. Keep your home properly ventilated
Damp areas are favorites for many insects. Keep your tub and sink areas clean and free of any leaks or standing water. You can also reduce potential insect breeding by opening your windows in warmer weather. This helps to keep your home properly ventilated and keeps out dampness.
These are just some of the many common sense ways that you can keep pests out of your home. Give pests less reason and opportunity to enter your house and they’ll probably stay away. If things get out of control, you can always call an exterminator, but that can be very time-consuming and expensive. Taking proactive steps now can save you from a lot of hassles and headaches later. It’s all part of maintaining a healthy home for you and your loved ones to thrive and prosper in.