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How to Make Your Home Bug Free for Summer

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How to Make Your Home Bug Free for Summer

by Ryan Johnson |August 11, 2017 | Tips & Tricks

Nothing makes you lose your summer good mood faster than bugs flying or crawling around your house. Luckily, there are simple tricks for keeping insects out of your property.

Don’t Let Them Enter

Block all entry points for small insects by checking doors and windows. Make sure all entrances are secured or blocked. If you have holes in the walls where ants can dwell, seal them with putty.

Use Indoor Bug Sprays

During warm months when bugs are the most active, a regular insect control regime is very helpful. Non-toxic, indoor bug sprays are your best bet as they are safe and effective for use around people and animals.

Use these sprays as a preventative measure and a spot killer. Regularly spraying doorways, counter tops, baseboards, windowsills, basements, and other entry spots will create a protective barrier against insects. For more severe infestations, fogging is the easiest solution.

Repair Cracks on the Exterior

Even tiny cracks and holes on the exterior of your house can be entry points for mice, ants, and other ‘crawlies’. Start by looking around your house and carefully inspecting it for cracks in the siding that would allow insects to enter. Remove broken bricks and replace them with new. You can also fill the gaps with mortar.

It is important to replace rotten siding, as it is susceptible to carpenter ant and termite damages.

Add Screens

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Many homeowners love natural ventilation from windows to bring fresh air during the warm months. Unfortunately, summer is the favorite time for fleas, mosquitoes, and other insects to invade your house. To enjoy the feeling of fresh air and to avoid the annoyance of insects, install retractable exterior screens on windows and doors. Talius Habitat Screens provides just this solution. Habitat Screens are like sunglasses for your home, and not only defend against the entry of bugs, but also keep your outdoor living areas cool.

Take Care of Your Yard

Yard maintenance has a huge impact on bug infestation, especially when it comes to fleas and mosquitoes. These insects need a water supply, so eliminating the source of standing water in your yard is one of the best ways to reduce their population. This will help you better enjoy time spent outside and reduce the number of insects that want to enter your house. Also keeping the grass cut short. Insects like to hide in the shade of the grass blades and keeping it short helps reduce the amount of bugs around your home.

Keep Foundations Clear

Your home’s foundation is close to the ground, so it is the most convenient entry spot for many bugs and insects. When you properly maintain the foundation, you significantly reduce the chances of infestation.

Insects such as ants, termites, spiders, and fleas are really good at thriving and breeding in wet areas beneath your house. If you keep the moisture away, you will make it more difficult for them to reproduce. Keep piles of leaves, mulch, wood, or grass clippings away from the foundation, and don’t place firewood near your house, thus avoiding another source to tempt bugs.

Follow these simple tips and your perfect summer time will never be ruined by pesky bugs and insects.

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Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is a digital marketer specializing in the home improvement and luxury industries.

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