Everyone has bugs of one kind or another in their homes. Some insects, of course, are more tolerable than others. But certain insects are predatory, including termites and carpenter ants, and they can cause serious damage to a structure. Others, such as bees or wasps, may be hazardous to health if they sting people who unwittingly get too close, especially those who are allergic to their venom. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent or eliminate bugs in your residence.

Close Windows and Doors

Although it is tempting to leave unscreened windows and doors open during nice weather, they are an invitation to flying and crawling insects to enter your home. If you must air out your home, open the windows just briefly and watch for insects to enter, catching them before they get inside. Screens work best to prevent unwanted insects from invading your home.

Put Food Away

Bugs love food as much as people do. With a keen sense of smell, they can find even small food crumbs on the kitchen counter, stove, or table. Store all unused food that is not being served at a meal. Cover it tightly to avoid attracting insects. Promptly wipe up any spills, and clear the kitchen sink of food debris. It is also helpful to sweep floors and vacuum the carpets where food crumbs may be feeding insects as well as pets or children.

Reduce or Eliminate Moisture

Many types of insects are attracted to moisture, needing water to survive. Clean up any pooled water in your basement or around the plumbing lines. Look for water leaks under the sink or near the toilet. Removing water sources helps to reduce the insect population.

Use Commercial Products

Few homemade insect repellents work effectively for very long. It is usually easier to buy a commercial spray or trap to get rid of bugs. These may require frequent or consistent use, and some have toxic ingredients. For large infestations or colonies of termites, ants, or other destructive insects, you should consider contacting a professional exterminator for advice and assistance before the problem gets out of hand.

Bugs are not only unsightly and destructive, but some pose health risks. Don’t wait for an insect population to take over your home. Contact a professional like American Pest Control Inc. at the first signs of infestation. They can answer your questions and provide a free estimate.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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