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  • Andre Gibson

Ask The Expert! June 2024 Edition





I've got ANTS!  Perhaps you do too.  It is that time of year.  Let's hear it for the bugs.

Insects invading your home can be more than just a nuisance; they can also pose health risks and cause damage to property. From pesky ants to creepy crawlies like spiders, these uninvited guests can quickly make themselves at home if given the opportunity. However, with some proactive measures and preventative strategies, you can effectively stop bugs from entering your living space.

 

Understanding Common Entry Points:

Before delving into prevention tactics, it's essential to identify the common entry points insects use to infiltrate homes. These may include gaps around windows and doors, cracks in walls, utility openings such as vents and pipes, and even through the foundation. By recognizing these vulnerabilities, you can target your efforts more effectively.

 

Seal Cracks and Openings:

One of the most effective ways to prevent bugs from entering your home is by sealing off potential entry points. Use caulk to fill in gaps around windows, doors, and any crevices in the walls. Pay special attention to areas where utility lines enter your home, as these are often overlooked but can serve as highways for insects. Installing door sweeps and weather stripping can also help create a barrier against pests.

 

Maintain Cleanliness:

A clean home is less attractive to insects seeking food and shelter. Keep kitchen counters, floors, and other surfaces free of crumbs and spills, as these can attract ants, roaches, and other pests. Regularly empty garbage bins and keep them sealed tightly to prevent odors from attracting flies and other insects. Additionally, decluttering your living space eliminates hiding spots for bugs, making it easier to spot and address any infestations promptly.

 

Secure Food Sources:

Insects are drawn to sources of food, so storing pantry items such as grains, cereals, and pet food in airtight containers can help deter them. Clean up spills and crumbs promptly, and avoid leaving food out in the open, especially overnight. Consider investing in mesh screens for windows and doors to prevent flying insects from entering your home while still allowing for ventilation.

 

Utilize Natural Repellents:

There are several natural repellents that can help keep bugs at bay without resorting to harsh chemicals. Essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, and citronella are known for their insect-repelling properties. Simply dilute them with water and spray them around entry points and other vulnerable areas. Planting insect-repelling herbs like basil, rosemary, and lemongrass near windows and doors can also help deter bugs from entering your home.

 

Regular Maintenance:

Finally, regular maintenance both inside and outside your home is crucial for preventing insect infestations. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed away from the exterior of your home to eliminate potential bridges for bugs to access your living space. Repair any damaged screens on windows and doors promptly, and consider installing mesh covers over vents and chimneys to prevent insects from entering through these openings.

 

By taking proactive measures to seal off entry points, maintain cleanliness, secure food sources, utilize natural repellents, and perform regular maintenance, you can effectively prevent bugs from entering your home. These simple yet effective strategies can help you enjoy a bug-free living environment and protect your home and family from the potential health hazards and nuisances associated with insect infestations.  I'd better go find some peppermint oil for my little uninvited house guests.

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