We all at some point or another have had bugs in the house and have sought out tips for a bug free house. I do not care for bugs in the house one little bit and I’m sure that you don’t either. It’s a not a very glamours topic to talk about on the blog either because it’s not a topic that anyone wants to talk about. No one wants to admit that they have bugs of any sort living inside the house with them.
My husband and I moved to a new house last year. Part of the appeal was that the house sits out in the country, our backyard is a designated wildlife management area so no one can move in behind us. We often see deer, foxes, coyotes and many other interesting animals that have quickly become a part of life. It didn’t take long however for us to realize that bugs would also become a way of life. In fact, I think it was the very day that we lived here when I found a scorpion in the kid’s playroom, talk about a scary moment! Here we were in a new house with furniture or clutter and I had already found bugs, really bad bugs at that.
In the first few months of us living in this new house, my husband and I would have to watch where we stepped when walking into the basement because the scorpions seemed to adore the basement steps. Another side effect of living out in the backwoods of Georgia is that the bugs are not small. No, the spiders here are massive and the moths are ginormous! You can imagine that it didn’t take long before every ounce of energy I had went into creating a bug-free house.
Tips For A Bug Free House
Prevention Is Key
Prevention is important. If you can manage to keep the bugs out before they get in you will be much better off. I would rather find a bug upside down and dead on his back than the worry about where it went. There are many options for prevention and some of them you can do yourself, I’ll talk about those in a minute. However, we have found that setting aside some extra cash each season for a local company to come out and treat our house has by far given us the best results.
Know Your Oils
Some bugs simply do not like certain smells and so diffusing those smells in the form of essential oils serves two purposes. Purpose number one is that your family will benefit from those oils being diffused and purpose number two is that the bugs will try to flee the area. Peppermint is one of those oils with dual benefits. By diffusing peppermint oil during homework hours you will help your children focus on the task it is that they are supposed to be doing. Additionally, you’ll drive away any spiders that would want to share a home with you.
I mentioned that the moths here are huge. Since I learned that cedar chests were used by our grandmothers to not only store fabric but also to repel moths I’ve not seen a single moth in the house. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen a moth in this house. I’ve got a cedar block by my back door and also I placed a few cedar rings around hangers in every closet.
Be A Wise Gardener
You could purchase a citronella candle for your mosquitos or you could plant lemongrass. Yep, that’s right. Citronella oil is found in lemongrass and bonus it repels snakes! We don’t have any in our yard yet but this is definitely a plant on our garden bucket list for next year. We plan on planting ours near our shed in the backyard since I’m worried a snake might make a home out there.
Avoid Leaving Food Out
It’s a lot easier to avoid getting roaches than it is to get rid of roaches. Did you know that a roach will actually build its nest into the walls of the house and that since they try to avoid sunlight you’ll likely not know that you have them until your house is infested? By that point, the only sure-fire way of getting rid of them is finding the nest. That is not a task I want to face. So, each and every night before you go to bed make sure that all of the food is up and put away, this includes dirty dishes and grease from frying food. You’ll also avoid flies this way and just like roaches, flies seem to linger for a while.
Clean Up The Clutter
If you are like us and have Amazon prime then it’s likely you end up with a lot of cardboard boxes. Spiders, especially black widows like cardboard boxes and newspapers. That corner in your garage that you don’t want to do near is also the corner that they will take over first. So, do yourself a favor and clean up all of the clutter around your house.
Know Your Bugs
Before moving out here a bug was a bug and I could have cared less, I just wanted it dead. However, as you can tell I’ve done a lot of research in the year I’ve been here. That research has taught me that in order to get rid of your bugs you have to first know your bugs because what works for one will not work for the other.