Spring can be a wonderful awakening for many, however it is also a time for the rebirth of some unpleasant “visitors” to our homes. Insects! Do you find that as soon as the weather begins to change and the leaves begin to grow, you begin to see ants, Roaches, flying insects, spiders and other unwelcome visitors? They can find a home inside your home and infest it with their very own colonies! Yuk!
If so, you are not alone! It is time to take action to prevent these pesky aliens from invading and taking over your home.
Every year homeowners are scrambling to find a way to keep these unwanted visitors out. Here are some tips in order to keep your home pest free and thus, a much more pleasant spring season.
To keep your home pest-free, here are some simple tips that my own family follows in order to keep the ants marching on and past your house instead of into it.
1. Keep all of your food and beverages completely covered up when not in use. Do not leave food on tables or on the floor without cleaning it up immediately. It may seem harmless to let it wait for a few minutes, however it really is not. A bowl of fruit out on a table is okay, however if you allow them to stay there until they become over-ripe then they can and will draw insects. The natural sugars in overly ripened fruit are very attractive to ants and bugs as well as fruit flies. Cover up things such as sugar bowls and jars of candy and cookies. If food is not going to be eaten shortly after it is taken out then put it safely back where you got it from and do not leave it out to attract uninvited dinner guests.
2. Clean up immediately after you eat. Do not allow the kitchen or dining room table to sit with food, soda or juice spills or crumbs on it. Cleaning it up promptly will keep bugs away. Bags of snacks are included in this. Bags of potato chips or snack crackers are best kept tightly closed as soon as they are not being eaten. Insects can smell food from very far away, so leaving anything out is the same as an open invitation for them to come and join your party.
3. Do not even leave standing water. Many insects really enjoy the moist areas, so even water can attract bugs. Be sure to wipe dry the kitchen counter top after washing dishes. Likewise, do not allow water to drip from your faucet and check under the sinks or in the tubs as well as around hoses or water tanks to be sure that there is no hidden standing water, even small ones.
4. Be sure your house is sealed around the outside so there are no openings for bugs to easily enter your house. If there are, seal them airtight before the warm season begins.
5. Don’t leave pet food out overnight. It is not only a good way to keep bugs away but it also will keep bugs and insects from infesting the food that your animals eat, which could potentially make them ill. Simply feed your animals as much as they will eat in the morning and then in the evening. Then put it away.
6. Do you have fruit trees in your yard? If so, beware! Keeping in mind that the fruit sugar is very attractive to bugs and insects, pick up any fallen fruit from your trees. You are growing them to feed your family, not the insects who may happen by.
Keeping pests out of your home can be quite simple if you are diligent about keeping your home free of food sitting out when it is not being eaten.