According to science, bugs have been on earth for 350 million years!
When summer arrives bugs come along with it. Summer pests are very common and you may be wondering what you can do to get rid of them especially when they seem to find comfort in coming into your home.
You know you need to get them out as quickly as possible before they infest your home. Here’s a look at how you can get rid of summer bugs in house.
Why Are There More Bugs in the Summer?
You may be wondering why it always seems that there are more bugs in house during summer than at any other time.
It is because insects are cold-blooded creatures. This means that they become more active and energetic during the summer months.
Insects flourish during the summer months. They grow more and they reproduce more. This is why the insect population seems never-ending during the summer months.
How to Keep Bugs Out of the House in Summer
You are not powerless in securing your home from these summer bugs. There are many methods you can use to rid your home of these pests. Many of the methods are easy to do and do not cost a lot.
One of the easiest and most effective ways of keeping bugs and other pests out of your house is to use screens and meshes to keep them out. On the plus side, while these screens and meshes are keeping bugs out, they allow air to flow through your home.
You can keep your doors and windows open without fear that bugs will crawl in during the warm summer months. Screens may be retractable or fixed. Whichever you choose, you will find it effective at keeping bugs out of your house.
Seal Windows and Doors
Bugs and other crawling insects come into your home by finding gaps in your doors and windows. The best way to ensure that they do not get in through these avenues is by ensuring that your doors and windows are properly sealed.
When you find gaps, you can seal them off with silicone caulk or steel wool. Many of these insects can crawl very high. It doesn’t matter if your windows are on the first floor or the second floor, they will find a way to get into your home, so seal all possible entrances.
If you see bugs, you can’t identify, use this guide to find out what’s crawling into your home.
Minute Entry Points
You probably realize that large entry points are a big gateway for insects during the summer. However, there are also many minute entry points that you need to seal off in order to prevent bugs from getting into your home.
Bugs can get into your home through chimney openings, pipes, laundry openings, and even roofing shingles. While these entry points may seem very small to you, and you may think that no insects can get inside you are probably wrong. The larvae of insects can easily slide through these tiny openings.
These openings can be sealed off using caulk, if you find bigger gaps in these areas you can use steel wool to ensure that these insects do not get into your home.
You can always call in pest control people to deal with insects during the summer months. However, as you may be aware many of these companies will use toxic chemicals to get rid of insects around your home.
While their methods are effective, if you have young children and pets you may want to reconsider this option.
It is always better to get rid of bugs in a nontoxic way if you can. Find out from your pest control company if they use natural and organic methods to get rid of bugs before hiring them.
Make Your Home Unfriendly
One of the best things you can do to keep bugs out of your house in the first place is the make your home environment as inhospitable as possible. Wash your dishes at night even if you are tired. Leaving them in the sink only encourages insects to crawl in at night to eat.
If you eat outside, you should also ensure that you clean up. Don’t leave any crumbs for insects.
Ants, in particular, are very sensitive to crumbs and other leftovers that are left outside. If the food crumbs are close enough to your home, it makes it easy for them to explore what’s also inside of your home.
If you have leftover food, put them in air-tight containers and place them in the refrigerator. Never leave fresh fruits out on your kitchen counter or your kitchen island. Having fresh fruit out in this manner attracts bugs and other fruit flies.
When it comes to attracting insects into your home at night, pet bowls are one of the major culprits. Make sure that after your pet eats that you empty the bowl and wash it clean.
Do not leave leftover pet food just lying around. Ants and other insects will sniff this out and make a beeline for your home.
Summer Bugs in House
Summer bugs in house are a nuisance. Once you find them in your home, you should start putting measures in place to get them out of your home.
As you can see, while there are many ways to get rid of bugs, the most important ones involve you keeping food away from areas where bugs may be tempted to enter your home.
Clean up after your pets as well, this is the best way to ensure that insects don’t find any food lying around. If you would like more tips, please visit the home improvement section of the website.