Eight Ways To Keep Pests Out of Your Home This Summer
With summer fun getting underway, backyard BBQs, pool parties, and visitors making their way over, you may also see an increase in pesky household pests. As the heat turns up, bugs will seek food and shelter and if your house is exposed they will surely be on the invite list. As with most issues, prevention is key, so we’ve created a list of eight ways to keep pests out of your home this summer.
Tips to help
1. Keep a clean home: Where there is food and water, insects will make themselves comfortable. Don’t leave food out or dirty dishes in your sink overnight. Sweep or vacuum your floors regularly and clean up spills immediately. Also make sure to wipe down your appliances after use.
2. Never leave food out: Unwanted pests are attracted to leftover food particles. Keep leftovers in lidded containers. Wipe sticky residue off containers with sugary substances like peanut butter and jelly. Store cereals, grains, rice, pastas and other pantry items in air-tight containers. Keep fruit out of direct sunlight and check often for spoiled produce.
3. Check and seal entry points: If air and light can pass through, so can bugs. Install tight-fitting thresholds and door sweeps. Seal cracks in your home’s foundation, walls and appliance vents.
4. Get rid of standing water: Pests love damp, moist areas, so make sure to eliminate moisture and especially standing water. Standing water left in outdoor flower pots or yard ornaments are a breeding ground for mosquitos. Remember to dump them often! Also, fix any plumbing issues you may have.
5. Plant bug repelling plants: Plant insect repelling flowers and herbs around the perimeter of your home and near areas you will be gathering. Great bug-repelling plants are Citronella, Marigolds, Catnip, Basil, Rosemary, Lemon grass, Mint and Lavender.
6. Trap ‘Em!: Problems with flies, fruit flies or ants?
– Try a DIY fly funnel trap- Make paper cone, leaving bottom large enough for a fly. Lower into cup half way down, remove cone and tape edge so it holds shape. Fill bottom of cup with honey and put the cone back in the cup. Give it 2 days or so and the flies will make their way inside and die.
– Purchase inexpensive traps for the specific type of ant you may have.
– For fruit flies, fill a glass with an inch or so of apple cider vinegar and cover with plastic wrap. Prick holes in plastic and wait for fruit flies to enter and get stuck.
7. Clean up the yard: Insects like decaying leaves, compost piles, and grass clippings, so clean up the piles and you will remove an area for them to congregate. Keep tree branches and shrubbery from touching your home, so insects don’t have an easy pathway in.
8. Check your screens: Repair or replace damaged or torn window screens. Make sure you use fine mesh to prevent the tiniest of pests.