How to Tackle Pesky Summer Bugs

At last. It’s warm. The sun is shining and our winter of snow and ice is a distant memory. But now, you have a different problem to contend with. They’re small, and pesky and make you want to move out immediately. That’s right. Bugs.

BugsAt last. It’s warm. The sun is shining and our winter of snow and ice is a distant memory. But now, you have a different problem to contend with. They’re small, and pesky and make you want to move out immediately. That’s right. Bugs.

Nobody likes them, everybody hates them (well not everybody) but bugs making their way into your home are generally a fact of life. Warm weather comes, windows are open, doors are constantly being opened and closed, and bugs get inside where they don’t belong. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer in silence all summer.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are out in full force right now because warm weather allows a mosquito egg to become an adult in less than a week. If you’d like to try and keep them at bay without using harsh chemicals, there are a few homemade remedies to try.

The first method we’ve heard works is using fabric softener sheets. If bug spray tends to irritate your skin, or you just hate the smell, this might work for you. Rubbing dryer sheets on your exposed skin has been said to work like a charm. And as a bonus, you’ll spend the night smelling like clean laundry.

If you don’t have any citronella candles laying around, or are looking for an alternative, a few squirts of dish soap, left in a saucer outside, can also keep mosquitoes occupied.

Ants

Personally, ants are one of the worst household pests for me. They come in groups and seem to be nearly impossible to get rid of once they realize the like your digs. Luckily, there are a few things to do. First things first: keep a clean house. Crumbs, spills and garbage are all like neon signs inviting ants into your house.

If you do see an ant, you’re bound to see others. That’s because ants leave a scented trail that other ants follow. Sweeping or mopping isn’t enough to eliminate the scent. Instead, mix one part vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle, then spray wherever you’ve seen ants in the past.

Then, spray any and all entry points and seal any holes you find. Finally, put out ant bait. This will help to wipe out the colony that’s likely living close to your home.

Fruit Flies

In the summer, most people eat markedly more fruit. And with that fruit, comes the invasion of the fruit flies. They are so prevalent in store-bought fruit that there isn’t much you can do by way of prevention.

The easiest, cheapest way to get rid of them is with a homemade fruit fly trap, made with something sweet or attractive to fruit flies. Vinegar, beer, or wine all do the trick. Pour it into a container that will attract the flies but make it tough for them to get back out. A jar with a lid with a few small holes is ideal. Set out in your kitchen, and watch the flies fall in.

Stink Bugs

Stink bugs tend to weasel their way inside in September and like to hang around for a long winter’s nap. By the time spring and summer roll around, they’re typically trying to get outside. Luckily, stink bugs are harmless. They eat nothing, they don’t bite, and they’re just trying to get outside again. But, unfortunately, they fly around and make a fuss and no one likes bugs in their house, no matter how friendly they are.

Here’s how to keep them out for good. First things first: don’t squish them. When a stink bug dies or feels threatened, it emits a, well, a stink that attracts other stink bugs. The best thing to do is to spray it with a brew of soapy water. Which will get rid of them without causing them to stink. The best solution, however, is prevention. Keep them from getting in by sealing all cracks around windows and doors, using weather stripping and repairing broken screens.

What are your best remedies for getting rid of household pests?

 

 

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