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How to Prevent Bugs from Entering Your Home

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Learn how to prevent bugs from entering your home by taking steps now. To help keep them from becoming a bigger problem, you have to think like a bug. 

How do bugs enter your home? What attracts them? Do regular inspections to ensure that your home remains in good standing. Also, check anything that you bring inside from the outside. Items like firewood or boxes may harbor bugs that can multiply once inside.

A seasonal approach can also be helpful. For example, if you frequently see ants crawling around your home in the springtime, be sure to clean your pantry and kitchen as part of your spring-cleaning routine.

Clean, identify and secure the perimeter

  • Keep your home squeaky clean. Fighting bugs usually involves a combination of the right products and some good, old-fashioned cleaning. Bugs come into the home for a variety of reasons: food, water or shelter. Eliminating the things that attract bugs will keep them from coming in the first place.
  • Know what bugs you’re dealing with. Identify the culprits before you treat. The first step in alleviating your problem is knowing which bugs you’re fighting. Use our pest identifier and problem solver tool to determine the type of bugs you’re dealing with in and around your home.
  • Eliminate hiding spots. Help prevent bug invasions by eliminating their hiding spots. Remove indoor clutter, which will also make it easier to apply treatments. Move things stored too close to the outside of the house, like firewood, potted plants, garbage cans and more. Check firewood for bugs before bringing any inside. Trim shrubs and trees so they do not come in direct contact with the house.

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Create a defensive barrier around your home with Raid Max® Bug Barrier. It can be used both indoors and outdoors to keep bugs out. It also comes in a variety of sizes. Remember to keep the reusable auto trigger to use with Raid Max® Bug Barrier refills.  

Bugs Shall Not Enter Here

Eliminate these bug entry points by caulking or fixing. When you caulk or fix, you’re closing the gaps where bugs might enter your home or make one of their own.

  • Repair window or door screens that are ripped or do not fit tightly.
  • Weatherproof the open spaces around windows and doors, particularly between the bottom of the door and the floor by using weather stripping.
  • Check vents, utility pipes and other openings into the home that may need to be sealed, replaced or repaired.
  • Caulk any points where bugs can enter your home from the outside, such as wall cracks or crevices.

Remove Sources of Water

Bugs need water, so if you give them easy access to a water source, they will keep on coming. Repair leaks indoors, remove standing water outdoors and lower indoor humidity in basements and other storage areas by using a dehumidifier.

A Bug’s Gotta Eat

Follow these tips for keeping bugs away from food. Do a thorough cleaning of your home on a regular basis. This will help prevent bugs from taking up residence in the nooks and crannies where food debris may build up.

Keep food in the kitchen and dining areas — do not let children eat around the house, where they can drop crumbs. Wipe up any spills that occur, and seal food in tight-fitting storage containers.

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