Five Ways You’re Attracting Bugs to Your Home

There are many things that humans do to attract bugs into their home. Most of the time, we are unaware that we are doing this. Of course, we want to deter pests from coming inside as much as possible. Keep reading to find out five ways that you’re unconsciously attracting bugs into your home.

1-Gaps and Holes Within the Home

Bugs can fit into tiny crevices throughout the home and therefore, they’re able to squeeze in the tiniest of gaps or holes. While you can’t completely keep bugs out of your home by repairing all the damage done to your house, it can greatly reduce the amount coming in. Seal large gaps between the floorboards. Repair large holes in your walls or ceilings. If you have a broken window, fix it. If you find holes or tears in your window screens, replace the screens. Every little bit helps to keep unwanted creatures out. 

2-Food Improperly Stored

Pests are always in search of their next meal. If you leave food out or uncovered, you are attracting more bugs into your home. This includes pet food as well. After your pets have finished a meal, make sure that the bowls are clean. Check water bowls for any bugs. Make sure that the kitchen floor is swept often to keep it free of crumbs. If there are any sticky spills, be sure to clean it up immediately. 

3-Clutter

Removing clutter from your home is a good practice for your own sanity as well as for your health. Many pests find clutter an excellent nesting area as it provides shelter and a dark place to hide. Keeping your home as clutter free as possible will help to deter bugs from nesting. 

4-Untidy Home and Yard

If your home is untidy, you may be attracting bugs into your home. Bugs are attracted to sticky messes, crumbs and other trash. They also are attracted to damp areas or cluttered areas. Keeping your home free of these messes can help prevent them from sneaking inside. However, an untidy yard may also invite bugs inside as overgrown weeds, bushes and trees provide housing and food sources for bugs. Keeping your yard clean and healthy will help keep these bugs away!

5-Outdoor Lighting

While having outdoor lighting is a welcoming sign, it is also possible that you are welcoming bugs inside of your home. Many bugs are attracted to light and are drawn to find the source of light. If you have outdoor lights, consider having motion sensors so that they will turn off and on automatically, rather than stay on for long periods of time.

If you find that you have a bug infestation in your home, don’t handle it alone. Contact us at Dayton’s Pest Control today!