Then there are the dreaded
termites, happily feasting on the wood that holds your house
the bugs out
Getting rid of insects takes more than swatting one when you get a chance. Home owners who are serious about living bug free need to start outside the house. Standing water in children's toys may seem harmless, but a few warm days can create a mosquito paradise in that small pail hidden in the hedges.
Making sure that your yard and garden are not open invitations to pesky bugs is the first step to keeping them away from your home. There are natural and chemical products that you can apply to your grass to prevent insects from living close to you. Policing the area for any items that might become mosquito attracting pools after a rain is also important.
Check the outside of the house for cracks and spaces. Crawling insects may see these as an invitation to move in with you. Get the message across that uninvited visitors are not wanted by sealing up the openings. You may want to spray the perimeter of the house, windows and doors as well as the base of the foundation, with a chemical barrier to prevent crawling insects from wandering across your threshold.
Make sure that the window and door screens are in good condition and use them. Remind kids that leaving the screen door open means mosquito bites in the morning!
If you are against chemicals, which kill all of the good bugs along with the pests, you may want to consider some natural alternatives. A bird feeder to attract birds to your yard may be a more pleasant idea. Birds eat many times their weight in insects daily and are pretty to look at!
Indoors, a bit of powdered boric acid scattered in places where ants and roaches travel - they have "roads" around your kitchen - will get rid of both the ones you see and the ones hidden in nests behind the cabinets. Be careful with the boric acid around children and pets, Make sure to spread it only where they won't accidentally eat any or get it on their paws - or hands.
Turn off those bright lights that attract flying bugs after dark or at least change to dimmer, yellow lights. Some folks praise bug zappers that attract insects and provide a jolt of electricity for a shocking end to pest problems.
If things get really bad, calling a professional to give you a hand in the fight comes highly recommended. You'll find many exterminators who are willing to work with organic bug control products as well as the better known toxic chemicals.
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