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Keeping insects out of the home

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Keeping insects out of your home seems like a never ending task, but it can be achieved by following several preventive measures. Here are some effective ways to keep insects away:

Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any cracks, gaps, or holes in windows, doors, and screens. Seal them using caulk, weatherstripping, or screen patches to prevent insects from entering.

Install Door Sweeps/Bug Strips: Attach door sweeps to the bottom of exterior doors to create a barrier that insects cannot easily pass through.

Use Window and Door Screens: Install window screens with small mesh sizes and ensure they are in good condition. Repair or replace damaged screens to keep insects out while still allowing fresh air to circulate.

Maintain a Clean Environment: Insects are attracted to food particles and crumbs, so keep your home clean and free of food debris. Sweep and vacuum regularly, wipe down surfaces, and promptly clean up spills.

Store Food Properly: Keep food stored in airtight containers to prevent access for insects. Pay attention to vulnerable areas like pantries, pet food, and trash bins.

Dispose of Garbage Properly: Use tightly sealed trash cans with lids to prevent insects from being attracted to food waste. Regularly empty the trash and clean the cans to remove any residue that may attract pests.

Eliminate Standing Water: Mosquitoes and other insects breed in stagnant water. Check your home for any sources of standing water, such as flower pots, birdbaths, or clogged gutters. Empty, clean, or treat these areas to prevent insect reproduction.

Properly Maintain Your Yard: Trim shrubs and trees away from the exterior of your home to eliminate pathways for insects. Regularly mow the lawn and remove any fallen leaves or debris that may harbour pests.

Use Protective Netting: If you have openings in your home, such as chimneys or vents, cover them with fine mesh or netting to prevent insects from entering.

Use Natural Repellents: Consider using natural insect repellents like citronella candles, essential oils (such as lemon eucalyptus or peppermint), or plants known to repel insects, such as lavender or basil.

Consult Pest Control Professionals: If you have a persistent insect problem, consider contacting a professional pest control service. They can identify the source of the infestation and provide effective treatment options.

Remember, a combination of these methods can greatly reduce the likelihood of insects entering your home.

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