There’s a reason we call insects “bugs” – it’s because they bother us! Okay, that may be just a happy accident, but the truth is that pests can become a major problem when they make their way into our homes. Not only can a spider scare the bejesus out of us and a fly have us running around like a crazy person with a rolled-up newspaper, but the incursion of a large group of insects can actually cause serious damage to a structure. So when you see a trail of ants, a few cockroaches, or a sea of scuttling silverfish, you’ll definitely want to do something about it. Of course, you’d probably rather prevent insects from getting in than have to deal with the aftermath. So here are just a few easy and effective ways to pest-proof your home.
- Seal points of ingress. There are many places that bugs can get in, but there are ways to keep them out at every point of ingress. For starters you can add weather stripping around doors and windows to seal them tight when closed. As a bonus, this could also lower your utility bills for heating and air conditioning. You should also address vents and pipes that exit the home. You may need to use foam or caulk sealant to ensure that there are no gaps.
- Mesh it up. There are bound to be some areas you can’t fully cover, such as ductwork that vents to the outside. However, you can make it more difficult for pests to get in by covering vents with a fine mesh that allows air to pass through, but very little else.
- Diatomaceous earth. This all-natural insecticide was used for hundreds of years to control pest populations on crops before chemical pesticides came on the scene, and it’s a good choice for eco-enthusiasts that aren’t too keen on the idea of spraying toxic chemicals in their home and garden. Most recently it has made headlines for its use in controlling bedbug outbreaks (you can often tell if hotels have had problems because you’ll see this fine, white powder sprinkled on the floor along the headboard). But DE can also be used in gardens and around the house to stave off ants, fleas, mites, cockroaches, moths, silverfish, and any number of other pests. It’s kind of a miraculous substance. And best of all it can be obtained at your local nursery or ordered online at little expense.
- Plant appropriately. Some plants are bound to attract pests. Fruit trees and flowers can be particularly attractive to some insects and other pests, which can easily make their way from your garden into your home. However, there are also plants that tend to keep pests away. Garlic, onions, and marigolds are pretty well known in this regard, but if you’re dealing with specific insects, simply look online for plants that are sure to keep them at bay.
- Call the exterminator. If all else fails and you can’t seem to control the pest population in and around your home, it may be time to call in the professionals from Clark, Stanley, or Forsyth Exterminating to spray around your house and get rid of the pests that are plaguing you. If the problem persists, you might even have to set up a regular schedule for spraying.