Ah, spring, when flowers bloom, and bugs inevitably show up in your house. But there are 6 steps you can take to keep these tiny party-crashers outside where they belong.
1. Seal Doors and Windows
Seal your doors with weatherstripping, and install a door sweep. A door sweep covers the gap between the door and the floor. Also, put weatherstripping around your windows, especially in spring when bees and wasps swarm. These bugs like to come in windows, and 60% of bees can leave a colony and join the swarm. That can amount to tens of thousands of bees (Swarming (honey bee)).
2. Fix Holes in Screens
Check your window screens for holes. To fix little holes, bend the loose wires together with a small screwdriver and seal them with waterproof glue. For bigger holes, you can get a screen repair kit at the hardware store.
3. Don’t Feed the Bugs
Sweep and vacuum often to get rid of inevitable crumbs. Don’t leave food sitting out. Keep fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator or in a bowl with a lid, and make sure foods like cereal and crackers are also in covered containers. Make sure trash cans are covered. Don’t leave paper lying around, because cockroaches love it, especially when it gets a little damp. They both munch it, and lay their eggs in it.
4. Smell You Later, Ants
The ants on your kitchen floor are leaving a chemical trail for other ants to follow. You can ruin their chemical trail by mopping with mild detergent. Follow up by cleaning the kitchen with a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar, as the smell will drive them away. Other odors that send ants packing are chili powder, cinnamon, and black pepper. You can place these in the doorways and on the window sills.
5. Keep Mosquitoes from Breeding
Mosquitoes can be dangerous, because they carry diseases. Besides sealing entryways, the best way to keep mosquitoes out of the house is to eliminate them. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so the CDC recommends getting rid of standing water if possible, such as in buckets, old tires, and pool covers. Change the water often in birdbaths and pet water bowls (Zika, Mosquitoes, and Standing Water).
6. How to Eliminate Roaches
It can be difficult to keep roaches out of the home. But sprinkle Borax powder in the dark areas of your house, such as the basement and attic, behind and under appliances, and near garbage cans. It destroys the roaches’ shells, and greatly reduces their numbers.
Warm weather doesn’t have to be indoor bug convention time, if you’re proactive. Get after the little critters, and have a pleasant spring!