Tips to avoid bugs in your home this summer

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May 19, 2023
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Enjoy a bug free summer with our expert tips

As the summer season approaches, the warm weather and longer days bring a lot of joy and excitement. However, it's not just humans who enjoy the summer months; bugs and pests thrive during this time too. At BIG Warranties we understand how troublesome and disruptive an infestation can be. That's why we're here to share our expert tips on how you can avoid bugs in your home this summer. By following these simple steps, you can keep your home bug-free and enjoy the season to its fullest.

Seal entry points

Bugs often find their way into our homes through tiny cracks and crevices. Carefully inspect your home's exterior, paying close attention to areas around windows, doors, vents, and utility openings. Seal any gaps or holes with weather stripping or caulk to prevent insects from gaining access. Remember to inspect and repair screens on windows and doors to keep flying pests out.

Eliminate standing water

Mosquitoes and other bugs breed in standing water, so it's crucial to eliminate any potential breeding grounds. Regularly check your property for sources of stagnant water, such as clogged gutters, flowerpots, birdbaths, and outdoor containers. Ensure proper drainage and remove any water accumulation to discourage mosquito breeding.

Maintain a clean and tidy environment

Bugs are attracted to clutter and food sources, so keeping your home clean is essential. Regularly vacuum floors, clean spills promptly, and wipe down surfaces to eliminate crumbs and food residue. Pay extra attention to kitchen and dining areas, as these are particularly attractive to ants and other crawling insects. Store food in airtight containers to prevent access to pests.

Properly store rubbish

Bugs and rodents are notorious for scavenging in household bins. Make sure your bins have tight-fitting lids and clean them regularly to prevent odours that can attract pests. It's also a good idea to keep bins away from your home's exterior to reduce the likelihood of pests finding their way inside.

Maintain landscaping

Well-maintained landscaping can make a significant difference in pest prevention. Trim branches and shrubs away from your home's exterior to eliminate direct access points for bugs. Additionally, keep your lawn mowed and remove any debris or leaf piles, as they can serve as hiding places for pests.

Keep an eye on pet areas

If you have pets, their food and water bowls can attract bugs, especially ants. Place pet bowls on trays filled with soapy water to create a barrier that pests cannot cross. Regularly clean and empty the trays to maintain effectiveness.

Schedule professional pest inspections

Prevention is always better than dealing with a full-blown infestation. Consider scheduling regular pest inspections with a professional company like Go Assist. They have expert technicians who can identify potential problem areas and take preventive measures to keep your home bug-free.

By following these expert tips from BIG Warranties, you can ensure a bug-free and enjoyable summer season. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to pest control, and taking these simple steps can make a significant difference. To ensure you're protected from bugs and other pests all year round, invest in BIG Warranties' home emergency insurance! Stay bug-free and make the most of the beautiful summer months ahead!

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