Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home This Summer

Alyssa Serrao, 6/29/2019

During the warm months of summer, you may find that you are having more problems with pests. Some bugs are more active in the warmer months; these warm periods can accelerate their life spans and create an increase in the population. It can become a big nuisance when they begin to invade your home. Here are some tips on how to keep the bugs out of your home this summer. If you are dealing with bugs like termites and bed bugs, it is probably best to have a pest control professional handle the situation.

Tips on How to Keep the Bugs Out

1. Use coffee grounds to keep out ants

Ants can be a nuisance during the hot months and can take over the functionality of your home. When the ants come marching in, it can seem like nothing helps with keeping them out. A common household product, coffee grounds, can be used to help keep out ants. According to LifeHacker, all you have to do is spread coffee grounds around entryways or any other places you suspect ants coming it. Ants hate the smell and it creates a natural repellant!

2. Clean with white vinegar

As stated before, ants hate certain smells and white vinegar is one of them. Cleaning with white vinegar can be a natural way to prevent ants and other bugs from taking over your home. Other ant repellants include black pepper, turmeric, mint, and fresh cucumber peels. Kill two birds with one stone by using white vinegar; it will disinfect your house and keep the ants away.

3. Use brown sugar to keep mosquitos astray

Keeping true with the food theme, you can make a simple mosquito trap with brown sugar. For this DIY trap, mix together one-fourth cup of brown sugar, one teaspoon of yeast, and one cup of hot water. Then, take a two-liter soda bottle in half and fill it with the mixture. If you are still confused with how to make this, there are several videos demonstrating how to on YouTube. Mosquitos and other bugs will be attracted to the trap and hopefully will not catch you off-guard in your home.

4. Keep your home clean

Keeping your home clean is the best way to keep pests out of your home. Bugs usually gravitate to homes in hopes to find some food. For you own benefit, make sure to clean problem areas regularly, including the kitchen and other areas where food and residue linger. Make sure to seal up your snacks! It is also recommended to vacuum at least once a week and to seal or cover your trash when you don’t feel like taking it out. Remember that cockroaches love the smell of paper and do not like the light so avoid creating clutter areas, especially in boxes.

5. Keep things dry

Along with food, water is another thing that attracts bugs to your home! Wet areas can serve not only as a breeding ground, but also a place to hydrate. A common problem spot is a sink full of dishes and water, but also pay attention to places not as obvious. If you have leaky pipes, call a plumber to fix them to avoid unwanted pests. Attics and basements can also contain excessive moisture; use a dehumidifier to help! Bugs, like cockroaches, are constantly on a search for water.

6. Hire a professional

Some bugs cannot be chased out with brown sugar or white vinegar. You will need to hire a professional when dealing with bugs like bed bugs or termites. If you have an infestation of any kind or you have any questions, it is best to consult with a licensed pest control professional. You want to make sure bugs are not causing more damage than you think.


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