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There's nothing like hot summer days to bring out unwanted pests such as mosquitoes, ants, flies, and gnats. Most insects hibernate or are otherwise dormant during the winter, but they make a comeback when the weather warms up. Some insects can carry diseases, and all are unpleasant when they make their way into your house to eat your food or crawl on your skin. Fortunately, you can secure your home to keep them out with a few simple fixes.
What's in it for you?
- A healthier living space
- Greater enjoyment of your home
- A cooler indoor climate
How to Keep Insects Out of Your Home:
Sweep Up Crumbs. Ants and flies are attracted to food, especially sweets and fats. Make sure your home is an unattractive place for them by getting rid of their food sources. Wipe down kitchen counters thoroughly each night, and sweep or vacuum at least once per week to remove crumbs.
Remove Excess Paper. Remove any piles of books or newspapers that have been taking up space in your living areas. These items should be stored on shelves and away from the ground level if at all possible. Cockroaches love the smell of paper and send out pheromones to attract their friends, so do your best to get rid of things like loose paper bags and old cardboard boxes.
Repair Window Screens. Check all window screens for any tears or small holes in the mesh where bugs can enter. To patch a hole, cut a square of screening material slightly larger than the existing hole. Place the patch over the hole and use needle-nosed pliers or tweezers to thread the loose ends through the holes. Crimp tightly against the old screen to hold the patch in place.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth Around Your Foundation: Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a white powder made from the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. Insects can't survive after touching it, so a border of DE around your home's perimeter will keep ants and other crawling insects away. Reapply after rainfall.
Use Outdoor Lights Strategically: Moths and flies are attracted to the light, so use this to your advantage when entering your home at night. Use an outdoor light near your door but not directly above it, which will light your way but keep bugs from flying inside with you.