In the Midwest, summer is the season where bugs and pests are at their most active stages.
It’s hard dealing with pest control in your home when you’re trying to enjoy the season of fun.
Here are five of our favorite tips to ensure that you keep the bugs out of your home.
1. Store Food Efficiently
How do you get rid of an unwanted houseguest? Make your home as inhospitable as possible: when you put the snacks away, the party is over. Bugs are no different—they came to grub, so keep food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator.
Fresh fruits might make a nice table centerpiece, but bugs can gravitate to them. Also, don’t forget those pet bowls. Keep them clean unless you plan on purchasing your next pet its own ant farm.
2. Cleanliness is key
Keeping your home clean is really the best way to keep pests away. The kitchen, where crumbs and food lurk, is the most important place to keep up your cleaning routine.
Vacuum regularly and on days you don’t feel like tossing the trash, make sure your bins are covered or even sealed.
3. Secure the entrance routes
Anything that connects your home to the outdoors can be a trouble spot for pests to enter. Windows, vents, pipes, chimneys, and roof shingles are just some of the spots bugs will sneak through.
Repair anything that could be a possible entrance like a torn window screen or loose siding. If you find open spaces near pipes or vents, use caulk to fill them.
4. Wet Places = No Good
Water is doubly dangerous for encouraging pests. Wet areas serve as both breeding ground and drinking fountain. A sink filled with dirty dishes and standing water is an obvious culprit, but look in less obvious spots, as well. Pipes beneath the sink or in the bathroom can be leaky.
If they are, call the plumber. Places like basements and attics can be damp. If you find excessive moisture in these areas, consider a dehumidifier.
5. Know When You Need Help
It’s okay to admit defeat. You lost the battle, but hopefully, you’ll win the war. Make sure you contact an expert who can take care of your problem quickly and thoroughly.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can take care of anything from Ants to Sowbugs.