School is about to be out for summer, and that means you’ll have much more time to spend with your kids and family. If you’re a baseball family, your favorite sport will be in full swing, and you’ll get to spend days at the field. If you enjoy the beach, now is the best time of the year to lay down your towel and soak in the sun. You might even be planning a fun vacation this year that you’ve been looking forward to for months.
Don’t let your favorite season be ruined by annoying pests. While it’s nearly impossible to get rid of allbugs near your home, there are several things you can do to make your house a less attractive and suitable home for them. Follow these tips in order to lessen the number of bugs you’ll have to come into contact with as you enjoy your home this summer.
Seal Up Your Home
One of the best things you can do for your house is seal it up tight. This will not only keep bugs out, but keep your AC in and the heat out. Walk around your home and check your walls for any holes or cracks that you can find. Even if it seems miniscule, it doesn’t take much for a bug to make its way through. Seal up any holes you see with a caulking gun.
Another thing you can use to keep your house sealed up is weather stripping. This can be bought at any hardware store and can help you keep your home pest-free.
Clean Your Kitchen Every Day
We don’t mean that you need to do a full on spring cleaning in your kitchen every day. Actually, we just mean making a habit of taking tiny amounts of time to clean up after yourself any time you use the kitchen. Keep all your food sealed in airtight containers and stored up and away. Don’t leave any food out, especially if you’ve had problems with pests in the past. This includes fruit bowls, since fruit can tend to attract flies. Leave antibacterial wipes in your kitchen and take a few seconds to wipe down any surface that you use. Take out the trash at least once a day, and keep it in an airtight container as well.
Get Rid Standing Water
If you have a pool, birdbath or any leaky faucets or hoses, you could be attracting mosquitoes without knowing. Mosquitoes use standing water to breed, so if you have any sources of water that go undisturbed for long amounts of time, you’ll need to get rid of them. This means covering up your pool when you’re not using it and fixing any leaks.
Remove Old Wood From Your Yard
Wood piles tend to attract bugs such as termites and spiders. This is because it makes an ideal hiding spot, as well as being an actual food source for termites. If you need to keep a wood pile, make sure it’s as far away from the external walls of your house as possible.