While some people are fascinated with bugs, others are afraid of them. Nevertheless, one thing everybody would agree on is that bugs do not belong inside the house. Not only that they are annoying, they could also cause unsanitary conditions. While some bugs like bees and wasps can cause painful stings, some could carry diseases like mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and cockroaches. With millions or trillions of bugs all over the world, bug-proofing your home could feel like you’re on a losing battle. Fortunately, understanding what attracts them to your home could help you get started in making changes and keep your home bug-free for good.
Seal your Doors
Locking your door may keep the intruders out but a properly sealed door helps keep unwanted bugs outside your home. Carefully check your doorways and look for unsealed gaps. These gaps make an easy way in for bugs. Install a sturdy aluminum or steel threshold under the door to get rid of bugs that may crawl underneath it. Add a door sweep, weather-strip, or seal kits to the door frame for better protection against the bugs. Also, make sure to always keep the door close. If you have kids who tend to forget to close the door, try installing a hydraulic device to your door. It automatically closes and latches the door after being opened.
Most homeowners love the fresh air that comes from natural ventilation from windows and doors. This can be very tempting especially during summer season, which is also the worst season for bugs. Thus, to enjoy the fresh air while keeping the bugs outside, install screens in your doors and windows. Use a finer screen to keep out small and big bugs. If you already have existing screens on your door and windows, check for any holes, tears and loose ends. Make sure to fix any issue that you may find to keep your home bug-free.
Maintain Your Yard
Maintaining your yard plays a big role on bug infestations. Bugs need water supply to breed. Check your yard for pooled water. Water pooling is usually caused by thatch buildup and poor drainage. To fix this issue, try aerating your yard. This helps the soil to naturally absorb the water and get rid of standing water. For poor drainage due to uneven dirt on your yard, try adding dirt fills. Also, regularly check and maintain your yard’s drainage channels like the gutters, keeping them free from grass clippings, debris and leaves.
Repair Cracks and Holes
Some bugs are small enough that they can get in to your home through tiny holes and cracks on your home’s siding, ceiling, and foundation. Do a thorough examination throughout the home’s exterior and look for any damages or rotten areas. Use cement or mortar to patch up damaged foundations and walls. Replace damaged or broken bricks and fill the joints with cement or mortar. Replace any rotten or damaged wood trims, siding or cladding. Repair small cracks by using caulk. Adding caulk around the window frames and exhaust grills can also help in keeping the bugs out.
Seal Pipe and Utility Penetrations
Most cable lines, internet and phone wiring are installed in your home through holes on your exterior walls. Some installers may use caulk or sealants to seal the hole on the home’s interior. However, most installers would not bother sealing the hole on the home’s exterior. These holes offer an open invitation for bugs. Go over all these types of openings in your home from the ground level to the roof line. Just follow the telephone or internet lines from the pole outside your house to where they make entry to your home. Also, make sure to include pipe, electric, gas and air conditioning installations when checking for gaps or holes in your home’s exterior. Use caulk or sealants to fill the smaller holes or gaps. Use expandable polyurethane foam for larger gaps. Adding a steel wool or copper mesh as a base for the foam can also help rid of smaller bugs.
Proper Trash Storage
Trash cans at home are bugs most favorite spot. To prevent them from feasting on your trash can, proper trash handling, storage and disposal are critical. Keep the food trash in the kitchen. The trash can should have a lid or self-closing lids and should be emptied daily. All trash bins and receptacles should be sanitized and cleaned regularly.