From mosquitoes to bed bugs and everything in between, a longer warmer season gives creatures big and small a rejuvenated spirit and a fresh take on life. For many insects this is quite literal, as the lifespan of the average bug is only a matter of days. For us this is not the case, and as well as we may remember the plague of insects that infested our homes and gardens last year, it is always difficult to figure out what solution will do the trick to get bugs out of your home now until the leaves starting turning again this fall.
Get Bugs Out of Your Home
- For fruit flies: Fruit flies and gnats are attracted to the acidic smell of decaying fruit. Unfortunately, what a fly may consider decaying we consider perfectly ripe, which means that your fruit might not stand much of a chance while it kindly waits for you to enjoy it. Put a bowl of vinegar on your counter-top (somewhere out of the way!) and cover it with plastic wrap. Using a fork, poke tiny holes in the plastic wrap and secure the plastic cover with a rubber band. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar and once they are in they won’t be getting out.
- For mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are especially dangers as they can carry disease and cause you and your pets to become ill and itchy. The best preventative measure you can take against mosquitoes is to rid your property of any standing water. Turn old flower pots upside down and make sure the lid to the trash-can won’t become a sitting nest for mosquito larvae.
- Go easy on the spider: As hard as it is for many people to put their arachnophobia behind them in the name of pest free living, leaving that old graceful spider who is spun up neatly in the upper corner of your ceiling to be might be in your best interest. Spiders will take care of other pests for you, and they generally keep to themselves so that you aren’t bothered with insects of all sorts. You don’t need to let spiders roam freely across your home, but letting one or two stay put might not be a bad idea after all.
- Palmetto Bugs: The surest sign of palmetto bugs is simply seeing them. Because they are nocturnal and outdoor insects they aren’t always easy to spot. Palmetto bugs do well in warm, damp climates. Their native habitats include West Indies and Florida. To get rid of them, eliminate water sources such as leaks and dripping faucets. Remove food sources such as pet food and garbage. Keeping the kitchen clean makes your house less attractive to palmetto bugs. Remove excess trash and cardboard boxes around the house or in the garage. Lastly, try bug traps and bug spray.
- Other Bugs: There are many resources online to help you kill bugs yourself or you can always call a professional exterminator.
When you purchase a new home you will need to face the perils of discovering insect habits all over again. Whether you purchased a traditional property sale in Jacksonville, a Florida foreclosure or are renting property here on the First Coast, keep these tips in mind to stay bug free this spring.