Your home is supposed to be a place of relaxation, peace, and comfort. The first time you walk into your kitchen and see a cockroach the size of a banana that is all out the window. The first time you are sitting down at dinner and a feces infested fly lands on your green beans your home instantly becomes a place of disgust.
Bugs are unwanted house guests and they need to go. Before you call the exterminator at the first sign of bugs consider these few steps and see if you can resolve the issue on your own.
The absolute number one thing that bugs are attracted to is a dirty home, but just because you have bugs in your home doesn’t necessarily mean your home is a pig sty. It just means that there might be a few things you need to keep up with. Keeping the floors clean should be your number one priority.
Bugs love crumbs and such to nibble on. If you have children this will have to be something you work extra hard to maintain since children love to drop food in the floors. Another area that needs to be spotless is the kitchen. Make sure that you never leave any kind of open food left out on the counters or in the cabinets. This will attract bugs in an instant.
Bugs can only get into your home if something is broken and they are squeezing through. Homes are not made with small doors for bugs. If you have a bug problem in your home then you have a hole somewhere that needs to be fixed. Try to track the bugs and figure out where they are coming from.
If you can find the hole and fix it you can stop any more bugs from coming in and just deal with the ones already there. This might be a hole in the roof or wall, a window that wont close all the way, or a door with a little bit of open space at the bottom.
You can purchase bug spray at any grocery store. Try to find a spray that you can spray around the perimeter of your home to protect your home from the inside out. There are different sprays to use according to what kind of bugs you are having a problem with so keep a look out for that.
If you have children or pets in your home you need to be very careful about what kind of spray you are purchasing and where you are spraying it.
Most of these sprays contain very harmful chemicals that you would not want your loved ones to come in contact with. There are kid friendly and pet safe bug sprays but they are a little harder to find.
4. Keep Closed
The fastest and easiest way to prevent bugs from coming into your home is by keeping your home closed. This means the doors and the windows. If you have children you need to teach them to close the door directly behind them and not go in and out a lot.