Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

In a hot and humid climate, bugs are often unwanted guests. They’re a nuisance at best, and a carrier of diseases at worst. Keep your home free of these pests. See to these tips and tricks to keep the bugs at bay:

Basic maintenance. Keep your home clean. The cleaner and tidier your home, the less likely it is to attract and host any pests. Don't forget to clean under the sink and in storage spaces like broom closets – bugs like dark and dank spaces.

Set up screens. Install screen doors and windows especially if you live in marshy or woodsy enclaves. If they get torn or damaged, see to the repair or replacement of the screens as soon as possible. 

Don't leave food out. Bugs love food. As such, the kitchen is especially susceptible to infestation, with its edible treats. Maintain a tidy kitchen. Place your food in the fridge or in sealed containers. Protect your fruit bowl with a decorative cover. Seal bags of potato chips and similar containers of snacks and treats with a simple clip.

Eliminate odors. See to frequent sources of pungent smells. Strong odors attract bugs. Clean your toilet bowl as needed. Pour a mixture of water and white vinegar or lemon juice down the drains to disinfect and deodorize. 

See to the trash. Segregate your garbage accordingly and keep the trash cans covered at all times. Take out the trash as needed and scrub your trash cans clean. 

Seal your doors. Install a threshold or door sweep to the bottom of your front and back doors. The threshold and sweep should keep the bugs from coming in through the slight gap between the door and the floor.

Keep your pets clean. Bathe and groom your pets. Wash pet accessories like blankets and beds and tidy up their delegated spaces. Rinse out their food bowls. Clean their “bathroom area” as much as needed.

Use scent repellents. Use a mosquito coil or a bug spray. A simple solution of water, vinegar, and select essential oils serve to repel bugs and keep your home smelling fresh. Use a few drops of tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, clove, citronella, or eucalyptus oil. Spray around your home, as needed.

Clean up your yard. A well-maintained garden means less bugs. Keep the grass short, prune your trees, trim your shrubs and bushes, root out the weeds, and get rid of mulch, dry leaves, and other rotting, organic matter that pile up in your yard.

Keep it green and growing. Make use of bug-repelling plants like citronella grass, catnip or catmint, lavender, basil, and rosemary and thyme in your home and yard.


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