If you are searching for the best way to control insects and pests in your house, there is one golden rule to live by and that is to not make it enticing for them to live there. Just like humans, bugs need three things to survive: Food, water and shelter. If you’re facing persistent pests, don’t just hope for the best.
Deterring unwelcome intruders comes down to an integrated approach. Cutting off as many of those resources as possible will make your home less attractive to creepy-crawlies in the first place, stopping potential infestations before they start.
Use the list below to help you reduce the odds that bugs move into your space.
Spills happen but leaving even a little bit of the mess behind can draw insects and pests to your home. Spilled food crumbs in your kitchen contain a veritable feast for insects such as cockroaches and ants.
Regular cleanups-including moving and vacuuming behind the stove and the refrigerator-can help make your kitchen a whole lot less palatable to pests.
A dormant drain-especially one that has a little water and some organic material like hair and soap coating the insides is an ideal home for drain flies.
Unused drains create a slimy film that creates an ideal breeding spot for drain flies. If these flies are present in the house there is almost certainly a slow or clogged drain.
Put washing dishes on the top of your to-do list if you’re passionate about keeping your house pest free. You might want to think twice about waiting until the morning to do the dishes.
Insect pests such as flies, ants, and cockroaches are highly attracted to leftover food on dishes.
Dampness attracts pests of many different types. Even small amounts dripping from an air conditioner unit may attract wasps that are foraging for water.
Water that has soaked into wood is attractive to termites. Downspouts and gutters that are holding water can be perfect habitats for mosquitoes. A dripping faucet may attract rodents, especially if it has been dry and there aren’t other water sources around. Regular maintenance that fixes any leaks that could provide a water source can keep pests away.
When the weather turns cold outside, a lot of pests look for a cozy warm place, and your home may just be the perfect spot. Pests like stink bugs and lady beetles are just looking for a protected spot to wait out the winter and your home fits the bill.
No, you don’t have to store all of your food in the fridge. It’s nearly impossible to prevent fruit flies from entering your home, but produce past its prime will give off ethylene gas, a major bug magnet. Eat those bananas before they turn brown and you’ll be fine.