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How do I keep my house insect free?

Ah, the summer. There’s so much to enjoy about the warmer months. We can spend time in the outdoors, everyone’s in a good mood, and there seems to be all the possibility in the world. Yet it’s not all positive. While there’s plenty of scope for good things to happen, there are downsides too. For example, it’s more likely that you’ll find insects setting up camp in your home. This affects the overall quality and comfort of your property, and may, in some cases, even affect its value. So let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested tips for keeping those unwanted insects where they belong: away from your home.

Stop the Open House

Can you blame insects for finding their way into your home if you invite them in? While that crack in the wall might just be a mild inconvenience for you, to insects, it’s a welcome mat, inviting them into your house. So make sure that you’re stopping the open house. Take a look at your property, and take care of any gaps, cracks, and other open areas that insects could pass through. There are no guarantees that you won’t end up with a problem, but you’ll for sure be making it more difficult for them.

Handle Your Rubbish Properly

Insects aren’t coming into your home so that they can sit back and relax. They’re doing it because they need supplies, and you have them. If you were hungry, would you deny the opportunity of free food, especially it seems like the owner was intentionally trying to entice you to eat it? Of course you wouldn’t. Insects are the same! Don’t leave rotten food out in the open. Also, be mindful of where how you’re throwing damaged food away. It might be in the bin, but the bin doesn’t have the security of a nuclear bunker. Insects will still be able to smell and detect the food. Take it out.

Deep Cleaning

It’s obvious that a dirty, untidy home would be more likely to have insects than a spotless home. On a purely functional level, it’s just easier to see the signs of infestation if you’ve got a super clean home. In the act of cleaning, you’ll be pulling out sofas and shedding light on those dark corners. Make a commitment to deep clean your home every couple of weeks, and you’ll be on your way to an insect free home.

In the Garden

Insects may eventually end up in your home, but they have to get there first. If there are fewer insects around your home, then there’s a decreased chance that they’ll end up in your house. Some people have gardens that are like heaven to insects, with plenty of dark, damp spots. If you’ve got an untidy garden, it’ll be crawling with insects, and from there they’ll just be one small step from your home. Take a look at keeping your garden in good shape — it’ll make a difference.

5 Tips to Protect Your Home From Pests

You’ve paid a lot for your home; you want to ensure that everyone who’s living there is paying rent, or is at least invited. However, that’s not always the case. From time to time, we can find that our homes have been invaded by pests, who all-around undermine the quality and comfort of our home. Indeed, the presence of pests can even lead to a decrease in a home’s value. So don’t let the pests win! Below, we take a look at five tips that’ll help to keep those unwanted visitors at bay.

Secure the Perimeter

Pests don’t just materialise from thin air. There’s a journey that takes them from the outside to the inside of your home. If you can cut off the access point, then there’ll have no way of entering your property — or, at least, you’ll be making it more difficult for them. So take a look at your property, and see if there’s any way that creepy crawlies or rodents could gain entry to your home. Cracks in the walls, doors with gaps underneath, and the link between your garage and the rest of your property are all especially vulnerable spots.

Summer Screens

Of course, you’re not going to keep your home in lockdown mode all the time. What about during the spring and summer, when the weather is beautiful? You’ll want to crack those windows open, and let that soft breeze move around your home. To ensure that outside dwellers can find their way into your home, look at adding a screen door to your windows. They’ll still allow all the air to come in but will keep everything else on the other side.      

Keep Things Clean

How often do you see a pest infestation in a spotless home? Not all that often. As such, one of the best ways to keep your home pest-free is to simply keep things clean and tidy. And by that mean, we mean doing more than a quick vacuum each day — we mean giving your property a deep clean, like pulling out the sofas and mopping in those usually hard to reach areas.

Throw Out Old Food

Pests don’t want to enter your home because they love your decor; they do so because you have something that they want. While you might see a property that allows you to relax, create memories, and all-around live an enjoyable life, a pest sees, essentially, a food factory. And they’re hungry. But of course, they’ll only come if they know that there’s food there for them. As such, one of the simplest ways to keep them away is to make sure there’s no food for them to snack on. Throw away any old food that’s beginning to rot (especially fruit), and keep your other foods in airtight containers.

Take Action

Finally, make sure you’re taking a proactive approach when you spot the first signs of pests in your home. The sooner you take action, the less likely it is that they’ll set up long-term residency in your home.