Seal Up the House
First step in keeping out the creepy crawlies. Remove their point of access. Find where they're coming in and seal it up. Buy yourself a door seal and stop them from coming in under your doors. Small insects like ants can enter your house through cracks in your walls so seal up any that you can find. Holes around pipes can also be used as an entryway so check those out as well.
Add Screens to Your Windows
A staple of many Australian homes, insect screening is an effective way of keeping out the bugs in summer while still being able to keep your windows open and enjoy the cool night air. Getting screens installed can run a couple hundred dollars but are worth it in the end. In a pinch, magnetic fly screens are inexpensive alternatives, though are often less effective and not quite as easy on the eyes.
Remove Food Sources
More than anything, you don’t want to be inviting bugs into your home by leaving out tasty treats for them to find. Any portion of food left out is an invitation for any nearby bugs to come to a party at your place. This can be anything from crumbs to open containers to the food still stuck to dirty dishes.
Insects aren’t picky and will happily eat food that is rotten or mouldy. Take out the trash regularly, making sure not to overfill the bin. Keep the lid closed so as not to let the little pests in.
Avoid Stagnant Water
Many insects, such as the mosquito, are attracted to still bodies of water. They lay their eggs atop the water where it stays until it hatches. Remove still bodies of water from your yard. Look around for any buckets or other containers that have been left out and filled with rain. Water will pool in places such as the trays of potted plants or blocked gutters. Empty these often.
Grow Bug Repelling Plants
Summers are a great time for gardening and there are actually certain plants that bugs are known to be repulsed by the smell of. This includes eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, peppermint and garlic, as well as many others. On the upside, most plants that smell awful to bugs smell very pleasant to us!
Use Insect Control Products
Of course, no matter what time of year it is, there are plenty of synthetic options for killing or warding off bugs. Any local supermarket will sell a vast array of bug sprays, barrier sprays, mosquito coils and bug zappers. Simply choose the one right for you.
If you are dealing with an infestation of pests this summer, call CDI Pest Management on 1300 737 826 today!