Don’t panic, there isn’t really a reason to Bug Out but we are going to talk about bugs today. It’s inevitable that you will have to deal with pesky critters at some point in time. As the temperature rises, so does the insect population. I often feel like a warrior preparing for battle until I see that first mosquito or line of ants. While insects do not scare me (unlike Christina) they can be quite bothersome. We often have friends and family over to BBQ and hangout and cannot be surrounded by creepy crawlers all afternoon long. I have put together a few tips to rid you and your home of these pests.
This might be the most important one of them all. Any food or water is an instant signal for insects to come and bother you. If you are BBQing have foil on hand to cover any food items. Spray off patios and decks and clean any tables or grills right after your guests leave. Get a dog to scrounge up the crumbs (kidding, sort of) and try not to leave a sink full of dishes or cups of water hanging around.
I know you just got done partying like it was 1999 and the last thing you want to do is clean but it has to be done or you will wake up with insects taking over.
Spray for bugs regularly. There are some pretty inconspicuous insect repellents out there these days. We use granular or spray treatments and have found both to be pretty effective. Be sure to read all instructions especially for using products if you have kids or pets. We like to spray inside and out a few times a year especially in the Spring.
Pretty similar to the first one, but there are lots of things you can do to try and deter the insects. Get a trashcan that seals in odors. Keep counters wiped clean, foods sealed tightly, and the sink emptied of water. Clean and vacuum often and thoroughly. If you have nothing inside your home that a bug will like then they won’t be there…it’s that simple.
Look for and identify any points of entry. When we moved into our current home the previous owner had about 10 security cameras in place (paranoid much). We removed every single one of them which left a nice hole in the siding. We simply sealed them up with clear silicone…problem solved. Look around doors, appliance entries, and windows especially.
I know most of these are common sense but a lot of folks don’t think about these things until it’s too late. So what I am saying is bust the bug spray out this weekend and show those critters who is boss.
I hope these tips will help keep you insect free this summer!
Did you know Christina is terrified of worms?
How do you keep the bugs away?
Seriously, ask Christina about worms.