So, you’ve just moved in to your dream home. Everything is in its proper place after days of unpacking and you’re just putting the last of the dishes away in the cupboards. You lift the cardboard box off the counter to throw it away and you see…. ANTS!!! (or something equally creepy).
It has been said that there are more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world at any given time, a number generated by some 900 thousand different kinds of insects. Thankfully, North America doesn't have them all. But we still have our fair share.
Here are a few tips to keep them at bay:
Eliminate their food supply, including water.
Seal all cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior.
Add weather stripping to doors, and clear caulk to seal the joint where the doorframe meets the wall.
Install a sturdy aluminum threshold under your door. Add a door sweep to close the gap even tighter.
Make sure your basement is clean and dry. Most spiders and beetles love dark, moist hiding places.
Find the root of the problem, the nest, and eliminate it.
Keep trees near your house well trimmed. Branches and leaves make a perfect bridge to the inside of your home for bugs.
Lawn pests – another nasty bunch
When you spend a lot of time and money to achieve the perfect lawn, the last thing you want is a gang of bugs feeding on plants and grass.
Most outdoor pests are seasonal, but some, unfortunately, are year-round annoyances. One of the most pervasive lawn invaders in the fall, especially to southern lawns, is the Armyworm. This crawler is the larval form of moths, and its favorite meals are turf grasses. It will chew the grass right down to the ground.
Other common outdoor bugs that can wreak havoc on your pristine lawn include grubs and their adult form, the Japanese beetles, leafhoppers, aphids, mites, mole crickets, sod webworms, and chinchbugs.
If the infestation problem is minor, a visit to your local hardware store will be a good start to do it yourself. However, getting rid of these unwanted guests may require hiring professional pest control companies, if the situation has become severe.
* Caution *
If you live in a home with children or pets, the best move is to call your local pest control professionals.
Natural pest control
A big part of the ‘go green’ movement includes the products used in homes for cleaning and bug-proofing. Many essential oils, readily available at most health food stores can be combined with water and sprayed lightly to rid your home of a number of nasty invaders. They also leave a fresh scent as a bonus. Cinnamon oil compound, for instance, is a potent way to kill mosquito larvae.
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