There are many things that no one ever wants to find in their house, and bugs are at the top of the list. If you've ever had the grand misfortune of stumbling across an insect endeavor in your home, you know the horror and panic that quickly ensues. Bugs are gross, creepy and, worst of all, relentless.
Where there is one, there are usually many, so follow these preventative steps to ensure that your house stays bug-free year-round.
Close Up Any Entry Points
No one hangs a "Welcome" sign for bugs on their front door, but there are plenty of small areas in your home's exterior that scream, "Enter here!" Bugs are able to squeeze themselves into the smallest cracks and crevices, so take a good look at your windows, doors, and screens.
Use a weatherstripping kit and some caulk to seal up any holes and cracks. This will help reduce any drafts in your home as well as bar any bugs from entering.
Don’t Let Waste Linger
A broken garbage disposal, dirty pipes and too much waste in your kitchen will attract insects. Many common bugs love warm, dark and moist spaces with close access to food.
Indianmeal moths, flour beetles, rice weevils and ants will have a field day in an open kitchen. Unsealed rice, flour, crackers, cereal and products that are high in fiber and wheat may draw bugs in, so make sure that you use air-tight containers for all your food and don't leave any crumbs or mess on the floor or in the sink.
Fix Your Pipes
Bugs like centipedes, silverfish and springtails love water, so if you have leaky pipes, your home is at risk. Make sure you check your appliances and air conditioner regularly to ensure they aren't leaking and get any faulty faucets and pipes patched up ASAP.