One thing that no one likes to have inside of their home is bugs. Not only are they a nuisance, but certain ones carry germs that can lead to illnesses too. And while you could hire an exterminator to get rid of any insects that you might see, being that professional bug removers tend to be expensive (plus they tend to use toxic chemicals as well), if you can, it really is best to do what you can to get rid of them on your own.
If you’re interested in knowing five simple ways that you can do just that, please keep reading:
Conduct an energy audit. A lot of people end up having bugs inside of their house simply because insects are able to come in through air and even water leaks. That’s why it’s so important that you conduct an energy audit at least once a year. That way, you can detect if any of your windowsills or doors have holes or cracks or if there is a pipe that is leaking water. One website that can walk you through how to do an energy audit is Energy.gov. Go to the site and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Clean your kitchen daily. Just like you enjoy a good meal, so do insects. This is the reason why, if you do have bugs inside of your house, you tend to see them in the kitchen more than any place else. So, if you want to prevent them from sharing your kitchen space, make sure to clean that room up daily. Wash your dishes. Sweep up any crumbs. And put your food up before retiring at night.
Empty trash regularly. One thing that bugs tend to have is a keen sense of smell. For this reason, it’s a wise decision to empty out the trash (especially the trash that is in your kitchen) on a daily basis too. Also, if you don’t usually line up your trash cans with trash bags, every couple of weeks, be sure to wash out the cans as well. As an additional tip, you may want to put some citrus oil inside of the cans. It has been known to act as a repellant for pests.
Use homemade cleaning products. When it comes to DIY pest control , while you could pick up a commercial brand at your local grocery store or Walmart or you could even get some bug spray at a website like BugSpray.com, being that a lot of them are costly and also contain toxic chemicals, it really is best to use some homemade cleaning products instead. Ones that are made out of lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda are cheaper and just as effective. To get a list of homemade cleaning recipes, go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade cleaning recipes” in the search field.
Do some landscaping. Another thing that you can do to both remove and prevent bugs from coming into your home is to do a bit of landscaping. By removing debris from your yard and trimming your trees and shrubs, it’s another thing that will help to keep bugs at bay. For some great landscaping tips, visit BHG and put “landscaping tips” in the search field.