Keeping bugs out of the house
It drives me crazy when I find a spider in the shower and ants in the kitchen. Where do they come from and how did they get in?
Shayne Wetherall is the CEO of Envance Technologies, a company that develops non-toxic pest control solutions. He says moisture helps build a perfect environment for roaches, ants, flies, and other creepy-crawlies. You can make your home less enticing for bugs by knowing what they’re after.
"Emptying garbage cans, cleaning up food messes," says Wetherall. "Especially trailing ants that bother people and come into their kitchens, they’re looking for food, and anything lying around that’s on the counters, or on tables, or on the floors, that’s an attractant."
Check the caulking around the house to make sure it’s intact. Don’t forget the tiny gaps around your dryer vent and utilities coming into the home.
If air and light can seep in around doors and windows, so can bugs. Repair or replace torn screens, and use the finest mesh you can to prevent all but the tiniest pests from getting in.
Wetherall says to look for any tree branches or debris that might be brushing up against the house. Insects love easy pathways to get inside.
"It makes really good sense to trim those back so nothing’s touching the home if at all possible. That’s probably one of the most important things that people can do," says Wetherall. "Mulch next to the house is something that people will always have to watch. It’s a perfect place for them to hide, it retains a lot of moisture and anything that creates an environment where they can hide and it’s nice and dark and moist, they just love that. So, people are going to have to watch that as well."
Despite your best efforts, there will be bugs that sneak their way inside. Wetherall says you may need a chemical product to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a huge problem.
Here are 15 more ways to keep the little buggers out
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