It is not unusual for someone to get nervous when they see a bug, but it is imperative to point out that many bugs are harmless. According to experts, bugs play an important role in our environment. However, this does not mean that people want flying critters creeping through their homes.
Seeing ants marching in your kitchen will normally prompt you to either get the bug spray or ask for the assistance of a professional pest extermination company. These methods will not provide a long term solution to your pest problem. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department reveal that some pesticides contain dangerous chemicals that harm children and pets.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Company) reminds homeowners to use common sense when dealing with pests. Prevention is the key to eliminating bugs. Cutting off the bugs’ shelter and access to water and food can help you have a pest free home. Let’s take a close look at natural ways to bug-proof your home.
Inside the Home
To cut off water supply for those bugs:
- Avoid water accumulating in plant trays.
- Fix any leaking faucet or plumbing.
- Reduce air moisture by using a dehumidifier.
- Clean up any spilled liquid immediately and always keep your counter tops dry.
To deny access to food:
- Day by day, make sure to take out your trash.
- Mop the floors daily, or vacuum them.
- Store your fresh fruits inside the refrigerator.
- Refrain from leaving dirty plates and utensils in the sink (overnight).
- All food containers, boxes, or bags should be sealed.
To make sure the bugs don’t have shelter in your home:
- Inspect your home for any cracks, crevices, and openings. Seal those off as bugs and other pests can find ways to enter those even live in those openings no matter how tiny.
- Have all windows screened e.g. covered with wire mesh.
- For pipes and wires that enter your home, see to it that utility openings are sealed off.
Outside the Home
- Do general cleaning of your yard from time to time. It’s best to remove grass and leaves laying on the foundation of your home.
- Cut off shrubs and tree limbs that are close to your home as much as possible. Pests are notorious for entering into homes after climbing on firewood so avoid stacking up on firewood near your home.
- Clean up pet feces and wastes daily because those attract flies and bacteria that in turn attract pests to enter your home.
- Your lawn should be litter-free.
- Healthy plants, fruit trees, or flower beds also keep those pests at bay.
The tips and tricks above are effective and natural ways to bug-proof homes. Following them closely can help homeowners win the war against creepy critters.