It’s about that time of year again. The weather starts warming up, and bugs and other pests start making their rounds, looking for food and shelter. If you dread spring and summer because spiders, rats and ants give you the heebie-jeebies, then you’re in luck because we have a few tips to keep those uninvited guests out. How rude of them to not even ask for an invitation!
Chemicals Don’t Have to Be the Answer
While many people quickly turn towards chemicals to keep unwanted pests from stepping foot in their homes, there are easier (and safer) ways to go about getting the job done. For starters, do a complete walkthrough of the inside and outside of your home. Look for cracks or gaps in your walls, and the foundation of your home. Many critters can find their way into our homes without us even realizing we basically had a red carpet leading them directly to our cozy living quarters. Fill imperfections with caulk as you find them to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes an extermination issue.
Door and windows are two of the most common ways for an unwanted visitor to sneak inside. Verify that doors close snuggly or have a sweep beneath them and that window screens are in good condition. It may be time to swap out for better screens if yours appear aged and if you plan on leaving your front door open during the warm weather, having a working screen there too is a must.
Don’t Allow Your Home to Become a Pest Vacation Retreat
If your yard or inside of your home is providing everything those nasty bugs require, why would they want to live anywhere else? Having an unkept yard with many hiding places (such as tall grass or overgrown bushes) and standing water can mean infestation time. Mosquitoes, for example, only require less than an ounce of water to begin reproducing and no one likes those itchy bites – not your pets, children or company.
Tiding Up and Removing Gourmet Meals
Many home owners provide food on the daily for pests without even realizing it. Dog food should be stored in plastic containers and not left outside for other animals to feast upon. The same can be said about garbage. Having an overflowing trash can not only makes a yard less appealing on the eyes but can feed a large number of pests, which your neighbors won’t be very happy about, either. Once they find a place to call ‘home’, it can be very tricky to get them out.
Speaking of cleanliness, it’s important that you not only keep the exterior of your home tidied up and maintained but the interior is just as important. If pests come into your home and find nothing to eat, they are likely to turn right around and leave the way they entered. However, if they find dirty dishes, messy carpets and un-swept floors, there isn’t going to be much reason for them not to stick around. The last thing you need is for them to call their buddies for a chow session. Rats will not only locate food in your home but burrow inside your walls, chew your electrical components and leave feces throughout your residence, which is extremely dangerous, especially when you have children or pets who may ingest the droppings.
Turn Off That Welcome Sign
Food, water and the warmth of shelter attract a variety of animals and bugs. One thing many new home owners forget, especially if this is going to be your very first summer in your new home, is that light brings moths, and mosquitoes straight to your property. It’s like a huge ‘Vacancy’ sign at a hotel telling them to come check out the place and stay a while.
The Effect of Light on Insects and What You Can Do to Minimize the Effects
When it’s dark out, bugs navigate via something known as ‘phototaxis’, which describes how they act around light. Many insects are attracted to light and will do just about anything to get close to it. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are the opposite; they avoid lights like the plague. Hence, why you’ll see them run for cover when your flip that light switch in the middle of the night.
If you’re worried about the lights outside your home, it may be time to install motion detectors so they only come on when you need them. This way, when you’re hanging out in your backyard with your friends, you aren’t as likely to have bugs get in the way of your nice weekend get-together. Another solution would be replacing your current bulbs for CFL bulbs, because these do not attract pests to your doorstep as UV lighting options do.
Rupert Grant is a dealer of Fly Screens in Melbourne & Sydney. With the onset of summer there are a lot of cases of bugs and pests that come up, but he feels that by taking certain simple measures we can get rid of them. He likes blogging and writes articles on a variety of topics.
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