People who buy houses with lush, green, big yards tend to want to enjoy the space, too. No one wants to invite bugs into their home, and then lose a battle in trying to fight them out. So, the best cure is to prevent that from happening altogether. Here are seven ways to bug-proof your home, and have a piece of mind.
Put screens on your windows
One of the best and most useful ways to protect your house from bugs getting into, is to put up window screens.
There are many different types of screens you can choose from, as well as colors. For example, you can put up fixed screens that cannot be taken down, which is the cheapest option, but it is a little tricky to wash, especially if you have a smoker in the house.
One of the other options is a retractable screen that you can move.
Keep your yard clean
Another way to make sure your house won’t have any bugs, is to maintain your yard. Any type of yard that you have, if you let it go out of hand, bugs will find a way to live there, and eventually, in your house, too.
Regularly mowing your lawn, and trimming all the bushes will lessen the possibility of bugs and pests living there, or getting in the house. Additionally, having your lawn tidy will make for a nicer place to be and relax.
Remove any mounds of leaves or debris from your yard while you’re working on it. These places are ideal for insects to hide and multiply, laying the groundwork for an infestation that can be tough to eradicate.
Fill in all and any cracks
Given how small most insects are, a tiny crack is enough for them to come into the house. A good advice would be to inspect your exterior with a critical eye, and try to find any cracks in the siding, or missing/cracked bricks, even cracks in the foundation, and repair them as soon as possible.
Use mortar when repairing or replacing broken bricks to ensure that they won’t get damaged again, and when replacing wooden siding, make sure you use waterproof silicone to ensure that neither bugs nor rain can penetrate the inside.
If you find a bigger crack, make sure to patch it immediately, because a crack as wide as a pencil can be a great gateway for a small mouse, and an endless stream of various insects.
Pay close attention to the roof, as well, to prevent bees and wasps from building their nests.
Have your house regularly inspected
Many people don’t prioritize having their house inspected for bugs. However, if you want to make sure that your house is safe and sturdy, as well as bug free, you need to inspect it regularly.
If you’ve passed the termite inspection once, don’t be fooled that you never have to inspect your house again. A termite inspection should be done at least once a year to make sure that these highly destructive bugs won’t destroy your house.
Store trash properly
Proper storage and management are essential for preventing bugs from feasting on your rubbish.
Food waste should be disposed of in the kitchen rather than in wastebaskets throughout the house. The trash should be placed in a lidded can that is emptied every night. To keep insects out, exterior cans should have self-closing lids and tight seals. All garbage cans and recycling bins, both inside and out, should be cleaned and sterilized on a regular basis, especially if they are exposed to spills.
Seal all the wide openings
Some of the larger holes on the exterior of your home are more difficult to repair. After all, you can’t really use caulk to seal your chimney or roof vents. Use very thin wire mesh, sometimes known as hardwire cloth, to fill bigger apertures and keep bugs out. To keep pests out, this material comes in rolls that may be stapled over holes. It not only keeps bugs out, but it can also prevent raccoon and squirrel infestations, which can bring fleas, ticks, and other insects into the house.
Additionally, some vents come with pre-installed dampers to keep bugs out. Check to check if yours are working properly, and if required, repair or replace the dampers. You can also use screened variants to replace existing grilles or vents that are designed to keep bugs out.
Get rid of standing water in your yard
The most inviting place for insects, especially mosquitoes, is standing water. They need humidity to thrive, and a single queen can lay anywhere from 100-300 eggs in a surrounding where there is water.
So, make sure all your gutters and downspouts are unclogged, to prevent them from collecting water, and making for a perfect mosquito maternity ward.
Also, male sure that any kiddie pool, watering cans, or buckets are empty and dry, when not in use.
Moreover, if you have a bird fountain, make sure that you get one with running water, as opposed to standing water, to minimize the opportunity for bugs to thrive.
Keeping bugs out of your house is not a daunting task, if you regularly take care of the house and yard. By following these tips, your space will be bug-free and you will be able to enjoy both your home and your yard care-free.