While you may not see any bugs living in your home in your daily life, it doesn’t mean they aren’t hiding. Check the following places to find out for sure if you have uninvited guests.
It doesn’t matter if your underground level is finished or unfinished, bugs will treat it like home. These critters enjoy damp, dark and undisturbed places. They instinctively know it’s safe there. Check behind furniture and boxes to see if any unwelcome guests are around. Use a shop vac to get rid of any visible cobwebs or insects. Run a dehumidifier to keep that space dry, and plug any holes where bugs can enter. Keep the clutter to a minimum down there, as it will give bugs less space to hide.
Again, any place where clutter forms is a hotbed for bugs. Despite extreme cold and heat in your attic, bugs have all the shelter they need to thrive up there. This is especially true for spiders, who prefer dry and quiet places. Keep them out by sealing any gaps in the roof and screening your vents. Check out your rafters for potential hotbeds of bug activity, as well.
Bugs love to go where the food and water are, which makes the kitchen a particularly attractive place for them. They’ll hide in any cabinets that contain food, and hang out by leaky pipes and other moist spaces, too. The heat of appliances, like that which is given off by your refrigerator, can also draw them in. Your trash is a haven for bugs, who are not picky eaters. The best way to keep them out of your kitchen is to keep your space tidy. Take out your garbage regularly. Don’t let dirty dishes pile up in the sink. Clean up crumbs as you see them, too.
The spaces behind walls offer a wonderful environment for bugs. The rough wood surfaces combined with the moderate temperature and humidity provide an ideal climate for them to survive. Moreover, it gives them access to living spaces, where they can scavenge for food and water. The best way to prevent bugs from moving into these hollow spaces is to seal them wherever they start.
Yes, bugs may be hiding in your home, but hope is not lost. Contact Midwestern Termite and Pest Control today.