With the weather starting to cool down, it’s natural to seek comfort in the house and make it cozier. But other than people doing the same, pesky bugs also hibernate indoors for the winter. According to a recent study, bugs have evolved as the weather changes, and with this extreme weather we are having, they are beginning to seek shelter inside the house.
What’s a smart homemaker to do to stop this from happening?
1. This early, you’ve got to clean up the house. If you have a fireplace, make sure that the firewood area is kept clean. Otherwise, it’s gonna be really inviting for insects to live in.
2. Cracks and holes in the house, on cabinets and doors, windows or walls, need to to be stripped and closed as these are entry points for coackroaches, rats and other critters. Have these repaired and have the foundation stablied.
3. When was the last time you’ve cleaned the cupboards? The pantry shelf? These need to be wiped clean because there could be residues of starchy food and sugary food that remain stuck in the surface. This can be so attractive to ants. Make sure also that food containers are properly sealed and bagged.
4. Set up traps and stink bugs on baseboards or cabinets to keep these bugs off.
5. Plant herbs indoors as insects are not fond of these. Try minty herbs, bay leaves and cinnamon, as these are strong repellers of insects. If you don’t want to maintain herbs, crush these and set it up on window sills as they work are barriers.
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