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How To Get Rid Of Bugs Indoors

How to Get Rid of Bugs Indoors

While it seems impossible to keep bugs out of your home all the time, here are some tips to evict them and keep them out. 

Bugs like being in a nice home for the same reasons you do. They want to have food, water, and shelter. If they can find these three basic needs in your home, they’re moving in. Bugs that are commonly found inside homes include ants, cockroaches, earwigs, firebrats, flies, house centipedes, silverfish, and spiders. Pet owners also have to deal with fleas and ticks in the house. Each of these bugs show up at different times of the year, and some are more problematic in certain parts of the country than others. 

Don’t Let Bugs Feel at Home

Tiny gaps around the front door and torn window screens… these are giant “Welcome” signs inviting bugs into your home. While it seems impossible to keep bugs out of your home all the time, here are some easy ways to help reduce their number: 

Seal Up Cracks and Openings

Take a look at your screens, windows, and doors. If you see any cracks or holes, caulk or repair them immediately. Add new weather stripping around your door to not only keep out bugs, but also to limit cold drafts. Little cracks and openings are wide-open doors for bugs. 

Clean Up The Kitchen

You aren’t the only one going to the kitchen for a late-night snack – bugs are too! Different bugs like different foods, including flour, cereals, baking mixes, crackers, dried pasta, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, and even spices. Ants love the sweet stuff. Indian meal moths (a.k.a. “grain moths”) love rice, flour, cereal, and nuts. Flour beetles prefer a broad range of food including flour, cake mixes, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, and spices. Ensure that your food is stored in tightly sealed containers and purchase small packages that can be used up in a shorter period of time. Keep your floors and counters clean and clear of food crumbs. To keep bugs out of your flour, you can store it in the freezer. And don’t forget about your pet’s food; bugs, like the Indian meal moth, will eat that as well.

Dry Up Damp Areas

Bugs aren’t just looking for food – they are also searching for water. There are some bugs, such as silverfish, springtails and house centipedes, prefer to hang out in damp places. Fix any leaky faucets, drains, or pipes. Make sure your air conditioner, washing machine, and dryer are all working properly. In damp areas of the house, run a dehumidifier. Also, don’t forget to check the attic to make sure it’s dry!

Clean & Sweep Regularly

Keeping a clean house helps keep bugs away, especially in the kitchen where crumbs from food can accumulate. Make sure you empty your trash cans regularly, and vacuum weekly. Don’t forget to clean your kitchen-sink and bathtub drains; drain flies will live in there and fly out to look for food. Use a drain cleaner on a regular basis to keep these pests from becoming a problem. Avoid stacks of magazines, newspapers, and boxes—cockroaches love to hang out in them.

Keep The Outside Free of Debris.

Firewood stacks, compost bins, and yard waste are the best hiding places for bugs that might move indoors. Make sure these places are away from the house. Before you bring your firewood inside, check it for bugs hitching a free ride. Remove any standing water in your yard – it can quickly become a breeding area for mosquitoes. Keep landscape beds free of weeds and plant debris which can harbor insect pests, and keep plant branches pruned away from the foundation of your house.

Kill The Bugs You See

To stop small bug problems from becoming big bug problems indoors, control the problem as soon as possible. Find the best pest products that work for you to control the insect population inside and outside your home. 

Create a Barrier to Keep Bugs Out

Find a product that works for you to create a bug barrier inside your home around windows, doors, and along baseboards.

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