6 tips for keeping insects out of your home
No matter where in the world you live, you will have to battle with insects.
If you are not a fan of insects it can be a scary experience and even if you are a fan of insects you probably don’t want to share your home with them.
However, you have come to the right place, because today we are going to talk you through how to deal with 6 different types of insects. And how to keep them out of your home.
Keep reading to discover how to deal with wasps, moths, crickets, mosquitos, woodlice, and cockroaches.
# 1 – Wasps
Anyone who has had a wasp get into their home will understand that it is a terrifying experience. It has happened to us quite a few times and we have accidentally camped next to a wasp nest before too.
During these experiences, we learned a simple trick that will help you to get wasps out of your home and then to keep them away.
All you will need to do is fill a bowl with apple juice, add 4 tablespoons full of sugar, and drizzle washing up liquid over the surface. The wasps will go down to drink, they will then sink through the washing up liquid and will not be able to get out.
#2 – Moths
Moths can be fairly harmless until they get into your clothes or other types of fabric. If left inside fabric without being bothered, they will eat through the material, leaving large chunks missing and ruining the piece.
There are many different ways that you can deal with moth infestations. Traditionally, people would use mothballs, but there are more modern ways to solve this problem now.
These include clothes traps. These traps lure the moths in with the promise of nice fabrics, only to capture them and keep your own clothes safe. To learn more about the best clothes moth traps see here.
#3 – Crickets
There are a few simple tricks that can help you to keep crickets out of your home and your basement.
Firstly, if you are going to store piles of wood, do not lean them up against your house or near any entrances to the basement.
Secondly, remove any plants and patches of grass that are growing up the size of your house.
You should make sure that you are regularly cutting any patches of grass that are within 3 meters of your house – crickets will not travel much further unless they are really hungry.
Finally, set up cricket traps to get rid of any crickets already in your home.
#4 – Mosquitos
If you have just moved into an area that has a lot of flying insects, including mosquitos then you are going to want to invest in a lot of mosquito netting.
We recommend that you get mosquito netting fitted to your windows, your doors, and over your extractor fans in the bathroom. You may also want to consider hanging a mosquito net over your bed.
Regularly vacuuming your carpets and curtains will prevent them from hatching eggs in your home. We also recommend purchasing some bug spray and killing any mosquito that you see.
#5 – Woodlice
To keep woodlice and other burrowing insects out of your home, you can do two things.
You could replace all of the old and damp wood in your home. Or you could dry out all the old wood in your home and then varnish it with anti-woodlouse varnish.
To dry out damp wood you should alternate between running a space heater and running a dehumidifier. The space heater will get the moisture out of the wood into the air, and the dehumidifier will take that moisture out of the air and prevent it from re-entering the wood.
#6 – Cockroaches
Technology has come a long way in the last decade, including insect deterring technology.
You can now get sets of ultrasonic plug-in devices that are designed to scare off cockroaches. These ultrasonic devices let off a sound that is designed to make cockroaches think that there is a predator in your home.
Once you plug these devices in, the cockroaches will stay well away. They will think your house is too dangerous to risk going into.
They traditionally come in packs of four, so you can put them in every downstairs room of your house. This will stock the cockroaches congregating in one room and hopefully get them to leave your house permanently.