Want to stop bugs getting into your home? Whether you’re trying to stop mosquitoes from biting you, ants from getting to your food or simply trying to keep the spiders as far away as possible, there are plenty of bug repellant solutions that you can use. Below are just a few handy tips for keeping out bugs. 

Know what’s attracting them

Bugs are generally attracted into home due to one of three things:

  • Light
  • Foody smells
  • Warmth

Many bugs are naturally drawn to light because in the wild it signals a potential escape from dangers. If you’ve got a window open in a room that you’re not using, turning off the light in that room could be a simple way of preventing bugs like moths and mosquitoes from flying in. 

The smell of sugar will meanwhile attract ants, while cockroaches are attracted to the smell of meat and cheese. Keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning spilt food debri may stop bugs from catching whiff of these smells.

Many bugs are also attracted into homes due to the warmth. When the temperature outdoors cools down, many bugs such as spiders and moths seek refuge indoors. Closing windows in the evening when temperatures drop – particularly in the autumn – could prevent many bugs from coming in. 

Deter them with scents

Just as bugs are attracted to certain smells, many bugs are also deterred by certain smells. A few scents that have been found to repel bugs include:

  • Peppermint
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary 
  • Lemongrass
  • Basil

Using scented candles or essential oils, you may be able to produce these scents in your home and keep away bugs.

Block all entrances

An effective way to prevent bugs coming in is to seal up as many forms of entry as possible. 

Open windows are the obvious entrance for bugs. While closing windows is a solution to this, this means not being able to ventilate your home. Placing insect screens on windows could allow you to still open windows and let cold air in without also letting bugs in. You can buy executive power screens for large windows and sliding door entrances. Such screens could put an end to the bulk of your bug problems.

Other forms of entry could include cracks in walls or gaps under doors. With bugs such as ants, you can often follow the source of entry by following the ants. Seal up these cracks and gaps to stop bugs getting in. 

Consider calling out pest control services

For serious infestations of bugs, it could be worth calling out pest control services to help get to the bottom of the problem. There could be a nest somewhere that needs to be eliminated – potentially a nest within your home.

Pest control services can be particularly useful when dealing with biting or stinging insects such as wasps. It is not advisable that you take on a wasp nest yourself unless you’re certain that you know how to do so in a safe and effective manner.