Bugs are the worst, and we would never want them wreaking havoc inside our homes. We must be vigilant with how we maintain our homes and make sure there are no entry points in the property that bugs and insects can use to gain entry inside. Here are a few tips to bug proof your home.
Seal your doors
Any home pest control professional will tell you to view bugs as intruders that you want to keep away. You do so by keeping doors and windows closed and sealed tightly. If you look at your doorways, you will see gaps for small critters to make their way in. To keep bugs away, seal doors by installing aluminium or steel threshold under the door.
You can also add in a door sweep. It’s a device that can be bought at any hardware store, and it helps to cover the gaps underneath doors and between the threshold and the bottom of the door. You can choose nylon, vinyl or neoprene for material for a tight seal against bugs and other insects.
Now that your doors are sealed, you can secure your windows from bugs and insects by installing screens over it. Being primarily used for ventilation, we can’t seal up windows. Screens are the alternative. It won’t stop airflow, but it will prevent most bugs from gaining entry into your house. Screens are especially helpful for those living in a warm climate where mosquitoes, flies, and fleas are abundant.
You can go for a 20-mesh screen or something finer to keep bugs out. Installing screens are also relatively simple and can be done with basic tools and equipment. Note, though, that screens can develop holes as time passes so make sure you check these screens every couple of weeks to make sure they are fully intact.
Maintaining your yard
Next tip to bug proof your home. Your yard can be a great source of insect life, primarily when it’s not maintained regularly. A poorly maintained yard is the perfect breeding ground for fleas and mosquitos, especially when there’s standing water around. Keeping the yard clean means regularly trimming back bushes and eliminating pooled water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
You can also aerate the soil so rainwater can easily be absorbed into the ground. Problems with drainage can also worsen your bug problem so make sure you attend to it immediately. Not only that, check that your rain gutters are not clogged and accumulating water. Clean them regularly.
Cracks are common, and they develop in older homes. We might not always see them, but they can be the access point for which bugs and insects can get into our house. Make sure you do a detailed assessment of both your exterior and interior walls to see if there are any cracks that insects are using to gain entry inside. Fix them with cement or mortar.
Pipes are also a good entry point for insects to get into your houses. Most pipes are located somewhere hard to reach, so we might never know there are entry points around our home until we search for them. Internet cables, drainage pipe, water line, and gas line are only a few examples of how insects can gain entry inside through various utility holes. We should take care to seal all these holes the moment they are made to check on these every now and then to make sure the seals are intact.
Evelyn Paulson is a passionate blogger who loves to expound on home designs, home improvement, and home renovation ideas. She is currently working with CayceBugs, one of the leading companies dedicated to providing quality home pest control services.
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