Do Not Leave Food Out
That’s why the bugs come to your house in the first place! Leaving food out is like an open invitation to them. They especially like sugary, sticky food and greasy food. Even if it’s just a greasy stove top or counter top, the bugs have come to party!
Vacuum Up Crumbs After Snacking
If your family likes to snack in front of the TV, it is likely that crumbs get left behind in the carpet. Even if you have a hard floor, crumbs are crumbs, and the bugs know where to go to get them.
Degrease Your Kitchen
Bugs love grease, and that’s why you want to rain on their parade. Take a good, hard look at your kitchen: floor, walls, appliances, cabinets, and yes, even the ceiling. There is a good chance, especially if you have children or pets, that there is sticky or greasy goo somewhere in your kitchen. Eliminating the source will send bugs packing.
Keep Your Home Neat, Dry, And Inaccessible to Bugs
Just like mosquitoes, bugs seek water. Keeping bugs thirsty will help to safeguard your home and ensure it is not their favorite place to be. As you are inspecting your home for trouble spots, be aware of any damp areas and dry them out.
Seal every area where bugs can get in. It may be just a simple caulk job, but even if it isn’t, preventing bugs’ entrance to your home will save you money on extermination fees and a ton of aggravation later. Bugs, like vermin, like piles: piles of newspapers, piles of clothes, and anywhere else they can hide and sleep off all the sticky, greasy goo they have ingested.
Say No to Bed Bugs
No one likes to deal with or sleep with bed bugs, and if you take a few steps to prevent bed bugs, it is likely that you won’t have to. One of the most important things you can do is to resist the urge to pick up curb bedding. Even though some people throw out what looks like really nice mattresses and bedding, it could be because they had bed bugs.
If you purchase used couches or chairs in thrift stores, be sure and inspect them for bed bugs first. While thrift stores are a great place to pick up some of the things you want or need, it is wise to do a close inspection on any goods that might be a haven for these miniature vermin.