Summer is here, and that means longer days, no school, vacations to the beach…and the return of insect invaders. But, there are many ways you can protect your home against these alien invaders. Don’t let insect pests ruin your summer fun. Taking a little time out of your busy schedule to shore up your defenses will prove invaluable in the days to come.
One reason insects like to sneak into the homes of humans is because our refrigerators and pantries are essentially giant supermarkets for bugs. So, a good way to prevent insects from entering your home is to cut off their access to your food supplies. After you eat your meals in your dining room or kitchen, make sure to thoroughly clean up after yourself. Get rid of any remnants of your tasty meal, vacuuming or sweeping the floors of these areas as well to eliminate any trace. Clean out your pet’s bowls each night to make sure there aren’t any food scraps left over that might entice midnight snackers. Sinks are another area you need to keep spotless. After you wash your dishes, run the garbage disposal.
The other main reason insects invade human homes is because they are looking for shelter from the elements. Block off potential shelters like cracks around windows, doors, and in the foundation by sealing them with caulk. Check if they are sealed up tight by feeling around the area to see if any air is flowing through. If you feel any kind of soft breeze, you haven’t finished the job.
Exterior lighting also acts as a lure for insect invaders. Insects like to hang out around light at nighttime, so you might want to think about placing outside light fixtures farther away from entryways. If you really need lights right next to your doors, consider using motion-detecting lights, so they only come on when you need them and don’t stay on all night attracting every insect within walking or flying distance.
What do you do to protect your home against insect invaders during the summer?