Bugs like a warm, cozy place to kick back and relax as the seasons begin to change. That warm and cozy place can easily be your house if you do not take certain precautions. Luckily, it is very easy to keep bugs at bay. Here is a list of tips and ways that you can keep bugs out of your house this fall.
There are several types of bugs that you may see more than others:
- house centipedes
- stink bugs
These bugs have different living requirements, so while you might think you have bug-proof your home from the cockroaches, you could have invited a spider inside instead.
1. Seal Cracks and Openings
This is your first defense against the bugs! Cracks and openings make it very easy for bugs to find their way indoors. Bugs only need a tiny space in order to squeeze through. Check all your windows, doors and screens. If you find any holes or cracks, you need to use expanding foam or caulk to seal the gap, or you need to make repairs. Since winter is coming, it might be a good idea to replace your door’s weather stripping anyway, but remember about your attic and garage. Look for gaps around electrical lines and pipes that enter your home.
2. Dry Damp Areas
All living creatures need water, and some bugs like springtails, house centipedes, and silverfish like the damp environment. Double check your washing machine, dryer, air conditioner, faucets, drains, and pipes. Install a dehumidifier in the basement and areas that are high in moisture. The attic might also have a leaky ceiling or pipes, or condensation problems. Any areas that you notice are especially damp, you should try to fix.
If you have any standing water in or around your house, you should try to clean it up and prevent it from happening again. Some bugs (mosquitoes) like to lay their eggs in standing water.
Bugs like messes. It is probably nature’s way of maintaining order. Therefore, it is important to clean up both inside and outside. Make sure you regularly empty your compost bucket and recycle basket. Cockroaches like paper and try to avoid light, so they might lurk near the mail basket or where clutter normally builds up.
If your yard has a lot of debris, you are asking for trouble. Bugs like wet mulch, soil, and leaves as a place to live, eat, and hide. By cleaning up yard debris and moving it away from your house, you are keeping the bugs at bay.
4. Limit the amount of Firewood
Firewood comes from the great outdoors, and is more than likely already a home for many types of bugs. When you go to bring firewood inside, it is a good idea to shake the wood a couple times before bringing it across the threshold. You should store most of your firewood at least 20 feet from the house. Only bring what you need inside the house.
Any bugs that do make it inside your house will crawl off the firewood and find a new home inside your house.
5. Put Food Away
Different bugs like different types of foods. Ants like the sweets. Indian meal moths like the grains. Flour beetles like the flour, chocolate, and spices. The best way to prevent bugs from getting into your home is to keep your food contained in sealed jars or bags. This includes your pet food.
The best way to keep bugs out of your house is to seal gaps, holes and cracks. After that, do your best to keep bugs at bay by drying, cleaning, and organizing.