One thing that can put a damper on outdoor fun is pesky bugs. No one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes or have a kitchen full of fruit flies. But what do you do if you don’t have zappers and flys? Fortunately, there are many easy-to-follow steps to keep bugs away from your home. This blog post will examine eight simple ways to keep your home bug-free. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy the summer without having to worry about bugs.
Vacuum Carpets and Upholstery
Regular vacuuming of carpets, curtains, and upholstered furniture can help eliminate bugs. Remember to empty the vacuum cleaner bag or tank after use to prevent the bugs from crawling back in.
Seal Cracks and Crevices
Seal cracks and crevices around windows, doors, and baseboards with caulk or weatherstripping. It will prevent bugs from entering the house. Also, check for stagnant water. Standing water is a breeding ground for many bugs, so get rid of any standing water sources in and around your home. This includes outdoor fountains, birdbaths, buckets, etc.
Cedarwood is an effective natural bug repellent used in closets, drawers, mattresses, and other places where bugs are likely to hide. Research shows that cedarwood is effective against moths, fleas, silverfish, and other insects. Cloves are also helpful in ridding your home of fleas.
Place Sticky Traps
Sticky traps are an effective method of trapping various types of bugs, such as moths and roaches, without the use of harmful chemicals. Place them in areas where bugs are likely to infest, such as pantries and closets.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils such as peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil can be used to repel bugs. Place a few drops of essential oil on cotton balls and place them in areas where bugs are likely to enter, such as windowsills, door frames, and baseboards. Reapply the essential oils every few days for the best results.
Use Basic Home Ingredients
Combine natural ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda to create your homemade bug-repellent solution. Spray it around areas where bugs are likely to enter. You can also make a natural ant killer by combining one part borax with two parts sugar and sprinkling the mixture around affected areas. Reapply after rain or heavy dew.
Bugs and pests can make life miserable, but with the tips above and other solutions, you can make sure your home stays bug-free. Remember, the key is to prevent bugs from entering in the first place.