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How To Get Rid of Bugs In Your House

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Dec 21, 2017 1:46 AM

Getting rid of a pest infestation is a challenge, but using the right pest control methods consistently is a surefire way to win in the battle against bugs. Using a combination of indoor and outdoor pest control methods is usually the best way to eliminate an infestation. The first step toward getting rid of bugs in your house is eliminating anything on the property that attracts insects.

Property Maintenance

Pest infestations often begin outdoors, making regular lawn care an important part of your pest control strategy. Insects and rodents look for shelter under rocks, sticks and other debris, and tall grass can house both rodents and insects. To make your property less attractive to bugs, remove anything lying on the ground that can provide insects with shelter, and mow your lawn on the shortest setting offered by your lawnmower.

If you have fruit trees, pick up fallen fruits as needed to reduce the available food and water sources available to pests. Removing water sources, such as water from leaky outdoor faucets, also helps reduce pests. Fix any outdoor water leaks as soon as you notice the problem, and remove standing water to keep pests like mosquitoes away from the property. Clean birdbaths frequently to help eliminate water sources, and remove water receptacles, such as buckets and old tires, to prevent water from collecting in unexpected places.

Indoor Pest Management

Indoors, there are several simple steps you can take to help get rid of pests. Begin by thoroughly sweeping, mopping and vacuuming your home to remove hidden food sources, and clear clutter away to reduce the number of hiding places pests can use for shelter. Old newspapers and open boxes, for instance, attract spiders. Seal storage boxes with clear packing tape, or use storage bins with tightly fitted lids to help control pests like silverfish, spiders and cockroaches in the home.

The kitchen is usually one of the most attractive areas in the home for pests like ants and cockroaches. Try storing your food in lidded storage containers, or place perishable items like flour in the refrigerator to reduce food sources in the kitchen. After washing dishes, wipe the sinks and counters down carefully to completely remove water that might attract bugs, and dry your dishes by hand instead of letting them air dry. Bugs that persist after removing food, water and shelter sources are usually eliminated with pesticides.

Use Approved Pesticides

Before using pesticides in your home, take a few minutes to carefully read the product label. Choose a product that is designed for the specific type of insect in your home, and only use pesticides that are approved for indoor use. When using outdoor pesticides, only use the product according to the label to avoid potential dangers that occur when the product is applied incorrectly.

Help from a professional pest control company like Go-Forth Pest Control can be very useful when treating severe or persistent pest infestations. You should also consult a professional exterminator if you aren't sure what type of bug is in your home. Correctly identifying the insect is essential to choosing the right pesticide and treatment methods.

Seal Your Home

Pests, including rodents, can enter your home through gaps that are measure just one-sixteenth of an inch wide. Use caulking to seal any gaps that you notice, and replace window screens that are damaged to keep insects out of your home. To seal your attic and crawlspace, cover the vents with fine wire mesh or hardware cloth. Sealing your home prevents additional pest infestations so you can enjoy a healthier, bug-free home for many years to come.

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