Simple Tips for Keeping the Creepy Crawlies Outside

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on August 29, 2017

Bugs are a fact of life, but most of us don’t want them inside our homes. Before you spray nasty chemicals or call in an exterminator, take a look at how the bugs are getting in to your house. Bob Vila recently wrote about 10 routes bugs are taking into your house and how you can close them off. Let’s take a look at a few:

Potted Plants: We all like a little greenery in our homes, but bugs can hitchhike their way in on leaves and pots or in dirt. Check plants and pots before you bring them inside.

White Outdoor Lights: Bugs are attracted to white light, which is why they swarm around your front door when the outdoor lights are on. Switch to yellow light bulbs to send the bugs packing.

Water Leaks: Bugs like cockroaches, centipedes, and silverfish love wet areas, so check frequently for water leaks and fix them as soon as you find them.

Mulch and Compost:  Mulch makes your garden look great, and compost helps it grow, but putting mulch and compost too close to your home invites termites to chomp on your home’s wood. Vila suggests keeping a zone of at least 6 inches between mulch and your foundation.

Vila’s other suggestions involve grains in your cupboard, cracks around your doors, and brown paper bags. See the entire article here.

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