Let’s be honest, if you were a bug and you had the choice of the outside, with harsh weather, unreliable food sources, and predators, or the warmth of a home, with an abundance of food and few risks, you’re going to settle down inside; it’s simply the best survival option. While this is great for bugs, it isn’t so great for homeowners having to deal with infestations. With this in mind, we’re looking at the six most common spots that bugs love to inhabit, which will help you prevent a full-blown infestation in your home.
- Furniture Seams: The seams of padded furniture are prime real estate for bed bugs, which can spread quickly and take control of your soft furnishings and fabrics. They can go unnoticed for many months, allowing an infestation to take hold, so homeowners should regularly check their bedding and mattress for signs of them.
- Basements: Bugs love the dark and damp, and many basements are full of great spots of bugs to settle. Therefore, you should regularly check every dark corner of your basement, and move boxes and furniture regularly. You should also be sure to check for leaks and seal all potential entry points.
- Baseboards: Bugs will thrive in spaces between and behind wall baseboards, as many insects love tight spaces and corners. To help prevent an infestation, you should be sure to vacuum the trim of your baseboards on a weekly basis.
- Closets: Again, bugs love dark places, and closets can provide a great home. To prevent this, clean your clothes regularly, and shake out and refold clothes which have sat for some time, checking for signs of insect activity. Wash all clothing items that enter your home, be they new or used.
- Trash cans: Many bugs are attracted to decaying foods and garbage. To prevent this from happening, use trash cans with sealed lids to help keep them out. Regularly rinse and clean out your trash cans, particularly in summer, to prevent any bug eggs from hatching and kicking off an infestation.
- Appliances: Some bugs love to make appliances their home. Stoves and refrigerators can be great homes for some bugs, which can be prevented by spraying vinegar or pesticides around these areas so long as they’re safe for use in the home.
What should you do if you notice signs of an infestation?
If you find signs of bugs in your home, you should definitely not ignore it, Instead, quickly take steps to prevent a full-blown infestation from taking hold. There are some home fixes you can try should the infestation present as minor, such as cleaning with vinegar to make your home less appealing, but if the infestation appears large, or if you’re just unsure how to proceed, you should contact a pest control professional.
A pest control professional will be able to advise you on the best steps to take care of the infestation, as well as suggest tips and tricks for how to prevent an infestation from returning in the future.
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