You don’t want a home full of bugs, but you will have some from time to time. There is no way to always keep your home completely bug-free, but there are things you can do that will help and there are things you can do to get rid of bugs when they do move in. What you do will depend on the bugs you have and how many of them you have.
Some bugs come in groups, while others may only be found as individuals from time to time. It’s easy enough to squish a spider, but it takes a bit of work to get rid of a colony of carpenter ants. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your home bug-free.
Deal With Bugs Immediately
The best way to keep your home virtually bug-free is to deal with them head on from the moment you notice them. One spider is easy enough to get rid of, even if you take them outside and set them free. One carpenter ant is also easy to get rid of, but sighting one of them can often mean you have more. The same goes for finding moths in your carpet or attic.
Some bugs literally infest your home. Those may need more work to get rid of than you can handle on your own. Some bug infestations, like bed bugs, can seem like they’re easy to defeat only to find out a few weeks down the road that you didn’t really get rid of them all and then they came back with a vengeance.
Infestations mean you have a lot of bugs, like a nest of carpenter ants living somewhere in your walls or ceilings. To get rid of them you need to find the nest and kill them from there. Your best bet is to call in a professional exterminator. They know where to find eggs, nests, and everything else for whatever bugs you’re dealing with.
Have An Inspection Done
Homes can come with bug inhabitants already living there. That’s why it can be important to get an inspection done before you move in, whether you’re renting or buying (but especially when you’re buying). Some bug infestations can be more problematic to your home than others.
For example, termite infestations could damage the integrity of your home. They eat the wood holding your home up and together. Carpenter ants don’t eat the wood, but they do burrow in it and make beams weaker.
It’s also helpful to know what bugs are more common in the area in which you live, especially the ones you might be able to find in your home. Then study them a little so you know the signs of an infestation. While some bugs are easy to spot, others keep themselves hidden while they are damaging your home.