10 Ways to Bug-Proof Your Home

20 Jun 2018

It is far easier and better to prevent bugs from getting into your home than it is to remove them after they have invaded.

Some bugs are simply a nuisance but others can cause extensive damage to your home; giving you a headache and an empty wallet in the process!

This is why it is best to bug proof your home first. Here’s 10 ways you can do just that:

  1. Inspect It

It is a good idea to get your local pest control service in to assess your home for you. They will take a look at where the bugs are likely to get in and can advise you regarding how to prevent them.

This will also give you a contact if you ever have an issue with bugs.

  1. Trim It

Bugs are attracted to plants. You probably want to keep these in your garden! However, it is a good idea to make sure the plants are not touching your outside walls. His will encourage the bugs to go onto your home and find a way in. After all, your home makes a perfect place for them to live!

  1. Cracks

Bugs can get in the smallest of cracks. You need to take a look at the outside of your home and find any cracks that are small enough to let a bug in. You can then seal these cracks with sealant. A latex type caulk is good as it can be painted afterwards.

  1. Think Food

Bugs need food to survive. If you leave crumbs and spills then you’ll be attracting the bugs. You need to make sure that your sides are clean and your dishes either washed or in the dishwasher.

  1. Water

Bugs are also very keen on water as they need it to survive. It is a good idea to remove all standing water around your home. This will make it less attractive for any bug to arrive.

  1. Keep Firewood Away

Termites and many other bugs love firewood. It is dry, nourishing and perfect for them to live in. Make sure you keep any pile of firewood a good distance from your home. This will help to keep the bugs outside and not in your home.

  1. Remove Rubbish

Any kind of waste can be food or bedding for a bug or even a rodent. This is why it is essential that you have a sealed bin inside your home.

When you remove the rubbish it should be kept in a sealed bag and put a good distance away from your home. If possible keep it in a sealed outside bin.

  1. Pipe work

Bugs can squeeze through the smallest gaps next to your pipes and utility wires. Check where all of these things enter and leave the house. Again, you can use silicone to block any pathways.

This is something that a good pest control service inspection will spot and highlight for you.

  1. Vents

Many bugs can get into the crawl space and other places inside your home because they will fit through a vent or an eave. To stop this happening you need to cover all of these gaps with ¼ inch wire mesh. This will be enough to keep most pests away.

  1. Pet Food

Your dog bowl and the small amount of leftover food is extremely attractive to many bugs. As soon as your dog has finished eating pick the bowl up and secure it in a sealed container or empty it into the bin and wash it out.

With a little thought you can eliminate the attraction for bugs and relax in your home!