Spring is FINALLY here and with it brings warmer weather, lower heating bills & longer days. Not all is good though; this is also the time of year you begin to see bugs. You’ll see them outside and unfortunately you’ll see them inside too. Spring is the time of year when bugs (especially ants) seem to be most prevalent indoors. If you happen see a bug in your apartment, don’t be alarmed; contrary to popular belief it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with your apartment.
In general, residents themselves can provide the best defense against ants and pests in their apartment. There is a very common myth that if you seal all the cracks and holes over every square foot of your apartment that you will stop bugs from getting in. In reality, we are on their turf and they will find a way in, no matter how many cracks or holes you seal. Of course that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do, as a resident, to reduce the prevalence of bugs in your apartment.
This is Part 1 of a 2 part series on BUGS! In this article, we’ll give you a few tips to prevent bugs from making a home in your apartments. In the second article, we’ll give you some tips on how to get rid of bugs once they are inside.
There is really one main tip and that is: don’t give bugs a reason to come inside. They’re not in there for shelter or companionship, they are there for FOOD! Take away the food source and you take away the bug. Here are 6 specific tips to help prevent bugs from making your home their home.
- Keep your doors leading outside closed as much as possible.
- Sweep and vacuum frequently. Bugs love crumbs.
- Keep the counters and surfaces clean and free of food. This includes fruit.
- Seal food properly that you leave in the cabinets or pantry.
- Keep the trash area clean and remove the trash often.
- BE PROACTIVE: Place glue boards and/or ant traps & routinely spray indoor bug repellents in areas that are prone to allowing insects indoors. *for ants I recommend Terro Brand products (liquid ant baits and ant killer spray). For spiders, we recommend using the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner. We’ve found that spider sprays aren’t very effective at prevention.
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