No homeowner in the face of the Earth wants to see bugs crawling and creeping at home. Although majority of them are harmless, it still doesn’t mean you should welcome them in your home. Aside from the fact that it’ll turn your visitors off, some of them can also bring disease to you and your family.
Therefore, we should come into an agreement that your home has to be free from any bugs. The question now is how would you do it? This is where we come in…
Let’s begin with this blog post titled “10 Ways to Bug-proof Your Home” from HowStuffWorks.com. Below is a list of some of the very easy ways to prevent bugs from invading your home. You can do all of them without the help of an expert.
Seal Your Doors
Just as a locked door can keep intruders out, a properly sealed door can help keep out unwanted pests. If you examine your entrance ways carefully, you’ll likely be surprised by the number of unsealed gaps you see, each of which makes an easy entrance path for bugs.
To keep insects from crawling under your door, install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door. For even better protection, combine this with a door sweep. A sweep is a cheap device that can be found at most hardware stores, and helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Choose nylon brush sweeps over vinyl or neoprene, as they offer the best protection against bugs.
Add weatherstripping or door-seal kits to the perimeter of the frame to keep insects from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and also along the bottom of the frame, at the area where it meets the ground.
Many homeowners rely on natural ventilation from doors and windows to bring fresh air into the home. This can be especially tempting during the hot, humid days of summer. Unfortunately, summer is also the worst time of the year for mosquitoes, fleas and other pests to invade your home.
To enjoy the feeling of fresh air without the annoyance of insects, install screens in windows and doors. Choose a 20-mesh or finer screen to keep out most common household pests [source: Gouge, Olson, Snyder, Stoltman]. Screen installation is relatively simple and requires only basic tools.
Don’t forget that bugs can also sneak in through holes or tears in your existing screens. Try using a screwdriver or scissors to carefully push the broken wires back into place. Add a coat of household cement or clear nail polish to seal the hole and prevent insect entry. If the screen has simply come loose along one side or corner, use staples (for wood frames) or a splining tool (for aluminum frames) to reattach it to the frame.
Maintain Your Yard
Yard maintenance can have a big impact on bug infestations, especially when it comes to mosquitoes and fleas. Mosquitoes need a water supply in order to breed, so eliminating pooled water in your yard is one of the top ways to reduce the mosquito population. This can not only help you to better enjoy time spent in the yard, but will also reduce the number of bugs that are trying to enter your home.
To eliminate pooling, look for areas where water tends to collect in your yard. If you find standing water on your lawn, you may have a thatch buildup. Aerating the lawn can reduce this problem and allow water to naturally absorb into the soil. Another common problem is poor drainage, which is related to the slope of the Earth. You can try to add fill dirt yourself to correct this, or have the yard professionally regraded
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Based on the three tips given above, it’s obvious that the main weapon against bugs and insects is giving them zero access to your home. They thrive outside because they get everything including food, shelter, and water. However, they always will be intrigued by the prospect of greener pastures inside your home and many of them are attracted to light. So do something about gaps, holes, and spaces that could serve as entry points for the bugs.
Meanwhile, Patrick Allan’s article for LifeHacker.com called “Keep Your Home Bug Free with These DIY Pest Control Methods” talks more about control methods. See some of his tips below:
You see, bugs, regardless of the kind, are really no match for you only if you know what you’re doing. So before everything gets out of control, you must start contemplating on following all the tips we’ve mentioned here.