Avoiding unwelcome guests - household pests

Published 16 January 15 02:08 PM | Merv Edinger 
 
Avoiding unwelcome guests

There are unwelcome guests that most homeowners dread. They come into

your house, eat, sleep, make a mess, and never leave willingly. No I am not talking about your in-laws or your second cousin twice removed, I am talking about the ones

that have at least six legs and sometimes flies.  

They are, of course, insects. They’ve been freeloading in homes since

homes were invented. Here are some practical ways to keep these

unwelcome guests out:
Find out how they got in. Look for gaps around windows and doors,
 
and cracks in the basement. If you find a spider web, there's likely an

insect entryway nearby.
Watch out for standing water near the foundation of your home. Make

sure rain gutters drain water well away.
Eliminate clutter. Insects love warm, cluttered, moist areas.

Check the seal around dryer vents and other vents, pipes and cable

wires going through the wall. Reseal if necessary.
Rinse recyclables before putting them into a bag or bin. Few things

are more tempting to a bug than the dark, moist, sweet insides of an

un-rinsed pop can.

If you do end up with a serious insect problem, call a professional

exterminator.

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