Insects can cause a lot of problems in homes. Cockroach infestations are particularly known for causing allergic reactions and asthma. If you are worried about developing a possible insect infestation, it helps to take quick action to stop the problem in its tracks.
Not every infestation is avoidable, but there are some simple changes you can make to limit the odds of insects moving in. Here are some top tips you can use to prevent insect infestations in your home.
Keep the Outdoors Out
If you enjoy gardening, designate an outdoor shed to store your garden tools. Also, shower and change as soon as you come into the house. Storing gardening tools in the house can cause you to transfer insects into your home unknowingly. Pests can also get into the house on your clothing.
Check the Security of the Outside Structure
Pests like termites regularly access homes by transferring from shrubbery or trees to wood structures like exposed beams or floor slats. To avoid that problem, do not plant trees and shrubs too close to porches, sheds, or other exposed wood structures that are part of or attached to your home. Also, fill in or repair any obvious access points where insects can enter your home.
These could include:
- Torn window screens
- Foundation cracks
- Areas surrounding where pipes enter the home
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Ants are attracted to multiple types of food particles. In the summer months, a few crumbs can easily lead to an infestation. Wipe down your kitchen table and the area around your sink daily to prevent that problem. Also, wash dishes right away after use. Remember to also clean food-collecting areas like your stove top and microwave regularly.
Eliminate Water Sources
Water attracts all sorts of insects. Mosquitoes are particularly drawn to standing water. To limit infestations due to that attraction, fix leaks quickly. You can also keep your toilet closed when not in use and invest in drain covers for your sink and bathtub or shower.
Grow Some Flowers or Herbs
If you have space to garden outside, there are many flowers and plants you can plant that deter insects. If not, consider growing some of the easier deterrent plants indoors in pots. For example, basil is an herb that repels mosquitoes and flies naturally. It grows well indoors and is also a delicious addition to many meals.
Befriend Some Birds and Bats
If you have a yard, a great way to keep insects away from your home is to make your yard bird friendly. Put up some birdhouses to encourage them to move in. Birds love to eat various types of insects, such as mosquitoes and ants. Installing bat houses can also help to keep moths and other nocturnal insects from getting in your house.
Cover Your Trash
Many insects are attracted to trash baskets. Take the kitchen trash out daily to deter pests. Also, if you have open wastebaskets throughout your home, upgrade to lidded baskets. Secure lids keep pests out. Line your trash baskets with plastic bags to keep them clean, but remember to also wash them occasionally. Do the same with outdoor trash bins when they get dirty.