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Springtime is just a few weeks away and so are the pests and bugs. If you have had bugs or pest invasion before, then chances are that they might return. You should be prepared to get rid of the pests and bugs the moment you start to see any of their signs.

Get Rid of Bugs and Pests – 12 Tips and Techniques

Springtime is just a few weeks away and so are the pests and bugs. If you have had bugs or pest invasion before, then chances are that they might return. You should be prepared to get rid of the pests and bugs the moment you start to see any of their signs.

bugs and pests

Like humans, bugs also like nice and comfy homes where they can find food, water, and shelter. Once they find their perfect home, the bugs will move in and invite their extended family and friends to spend an amazing spring and summertime at your cost. What a big happy bug family. Did you know that there are nearly 10 quintillion insects on earth! That makes about a billion bugs per person. Ewww!

Common bugs and pests found indoors are ants, cockroaches, flies, rats,

Check out the things you can do to get rid of bugs and pests.

1.      Keep the kitchen clean

We all know that kitchen is a commonplace that humans and bugs like the most. Leftover food, dirty sink, crumbs, and debris on the counter and floor are nothing but heaven for bugs. The bugs love a kitchen counterparty.

Literally, anything would attract bugs and pests into your kitchen. Flour, sugar, cereals, baking mixes, fruits, nuts, and even some spices may attract bugs and pests into your kitchen. Therefore, spring deep clean your kitchen and store everything nicely so that there is no space for bugs to get in.

You have to be mentally prepared to fight against the bugs. Being ready beforehand will give you time to properly seal your house and prove it against any infestation.

2.      Lookout for holes, cracks, and gaps

Bugs and pests can wiggle through the tiniest spaces. Don’t just focus on your windows and doors but also look out for holes, cracks, or gaps in your flooring, walls, home exterior, and utility lines.

The insects have also gotten smart enough to disguise. You will be busy sealing your doors and windows while the insects will enter from other places you didn’t think of.

Use screen meshes with 200 holes per square inch, plaster to seal the holes and cracks, and essential oils around your home to proof and repel from bugs. You can find which essential oils work best later in this article.

3.      Look for interior gaps or holes

You might think that bugs will come from the outside, but will be some gaps that will be accessible from the inside only.

Regularly check for cracks, gaps, or holes in the inside. Common places that might have an access point may be under or behind the kitchen cabinets, sink, refrigerator, stove, vents, cables, and pipes.

Seal these areas to the best of your abilities. You can also use repellent sprays and essential oils to keep the bugs and pests out.

4.      Properly pack and dispose of garbage

You already might be aware that garbage attracts bugs. For the clear reason that it has what bugs and pests are looking for – Food. Make sure that your trash can is well-sealed. It is also important to keep the trash can and the area near a trash can clean.

You can use insect repellents and vinegar spray to clean the trash can and the area your trash can sits in. If you look closely, there will a shortcut that bugs might take to reach the garbage. It might be a hole, crack, or a gap. With due diligence seal that.

5.      Use the right kind of light bulbs

Little did I know that we have to even be cautious about the light bulb we use to get rid of the bugs. Usually flying insects are attracted by light bulbs with white, blue, or green tints. Replace the regular mercury vapor lights with the ones which are high-pressure sodium vapor.

You can also use halogen lights for the same purpose. Changing the location of the light bulb might also work to keep the flying insects away from the windows and doors. Choose bulbs with pink, yellow, or orange tint to keep the insects at bay.

6.      Clean the drains

Sinks are one of the hot spots that invite bugs and pests the most. You might think how is that even possible. Trust me it is. Sinks and drain can accumulate gunk and debris which is the insect’s favorite on the menu. It also provides a very ideal breeding ground for small insects like ants and flies.

Regularly clean your drain. Including the ones in the laundry room and bathrooms. A simple DIY solution you can use to clean your drains is a 50-50 vinegar-water solution. I would suggest using it weekly to keep the drains clean and repel bugs and pests from your drains.

7.      Regularly clean your home

Keeping up with the regular cleaning is going to be tough. But it will disturb any area that the bugs and pests might be thinking of making their new home,

Especially if you have carpet around your home, it gets super easy for bugs and insects to live, travel through, and even breed. Vacuuming and deep cleaning the carpets is a must. By cleaning your home regularly, you will erase the scent bugs leave for others to follow and wipe out any potential food supply for the bugs and pests.

8.      Use these plants to get rid of bugs naturally

There are several house plants that you can use to keep the bugs out. It is not just eco-friendly but only gives your home a livelier feel.

Plants like basil, marigold, sage, lemon balm, lavender are a few of the plants which have been in use as a bug repellent for ages. If you are dealing with fleas, beetles, midges, mosquitoes, and flies then you need a good house plant.

9.      Use essential oils

Essential oils are great to repel bugs naturally. In the last couple of years, the use of essential oils as a bug repellent has increased significantly. People are consciously avoiding the use of chemical-filled repellent. These essential oils work best to repel bugs and pests:

  • Lemon eucalyptus and lavender oil for mosquitoes
  • Cinnamon oil for ants
  • Tea tree oil for flies, fleas, ants, and midges
  • Peppermint oil for spiders

To make the mixture with the essential oil you have to mix 20-23 drops of the oil with 2 ounces of boiled water or witch hazel. Keep the mixture in the spray bottle and spray wherever needed.

10. White Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the few very versatile ingredients. There are so many other uses of vinegar that you will be shocked. The good thing about vinegar is that bugs hate the smell of it. This is why vinegar will be your best friend in this war.

Make a 50-50 water and vinegar solution (I like to make 70-30 vinegar-water solution) and clean my whole house with it. It not only disinfects the area but also eradicates the chances of bugs and pests entering my home.

The smell might bother for a while. My tip would be to not go overboard with vinegar especially if you have children and pets at home.

11. Kill Cockroaches with this tip

Those tiny little pesky cockroaches are the worst. They multiply so quickly that you will even get a chance to wipe them out completely without getting the chemicals involved. However, borax has recently won the market by proving its efficiency in being one of the best bug repellents.

Mix borax with sugar and keep it in a container or plastic plate. Leave it there for a couple of days and you will be stunned by the bug death scene it will cause. I have tried it and it works wonders.

12. Know when you have lost the battle

Not every bug problem can be solved with vinegar, borax, or essential oils. Sometimes, you cannot fight with the speed a few bugs and pests multiply with. If you feel that the infestation is growing out of hand then it’s time to get the professionals.

Bed bugs, termites, and severe ants infestation needs pest control. The smartness is in realizing that you can’t fight the bugs on your own and you need pest controllers to do the job for you.

Takeaway

You are not alone in this. I have dealt with indoor bugs myself. I know what a pain they can be. It is better to be proactive and work on these tips and techniques to keep the bugs and pests out from the get-go rather than waiting for them to show up and then plotting your plan.

You can also check out some easy DIYs to make insect repellents at home.