By and large, people do not tend to be keen on finding spiders and insect in their homes. There’s a reason we call them pests. And considering the damage and expense that can result from infestations (not to mention a major case of the creepy-crawlies), you definitely want to do all you can to eliminate any existing bugs and prevent future incursions. The good news is that there are several ways to go about both elimination and prevention. Whether you are dealing with spiders or other insects like ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, or termites, there are steps you can take to make your home bug-free.
You should start by figuring out where the insects are coming from. Like most living things, they tend to get in through standard points of entry like doors or windows. These should be sealed appropriately to prevent spiders and insets from entering. Of course, they can also come in through drains, vents, and even small cracks. And termites tend to burrow their way in however they can. For this reason, you should install screens in drains and vents to stop bugs from getting into your house. And you might want to check around the perimeter of your structure to see if you’re inviting insects in by failing to maintain brush clearance or by featuring plants that certain insects are drawn to. The first is easily remedied with regular pruning. And if you’re dealing with certain insects you can always plant flora that is known to repel them. Garlic, onions, and mint can help to ward off a wide variety of insects.
Now, to address the spiders and insects already in your home, there are several things you can do. For starters, you can use spot treatments. If you’re dealing with insects that have exoskeletons, like ants, cockroaches, and bed bugs, you may be able to eliminate the problem by using safe and natural diatomaceous earth. When it comes into contact with a bug’s exoskeleton, it damages the waxy covering, causing the insects to become dehydrated and die. To use it you’ll have to sprinkle it in areas where the bugs will pass through it (it does not bait that will draw them). And it can be nullified by moisture, so it should be used indoors. However, it is totally non-toxic to humans and animals if swallowed, so for families worried about spraying chemical pesticides or leaving out traps for bugs in the house, this is a good solution (for certain pests).
Of course, you might not have this option. There’s a lot you can do with natural products, but they may not be enough to eliminate spiders and other insects in your home. In this case, your best bet is to use professional strength products like those sold by U-Spray Inc. or to hire a professional service to spray or tent your home, depending on the scope of your pest problem. Once you’ve eliminated an infestation, regular treatments to the perimeter of your structure should help to keep your home insect-free.
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