House Bugs? Inexpensive DIY Pest Control

Are you tired of cold weather? Looking forward to warmer temperatures and longer, sunny days? Well, so are the bugs! During spring and summer months, insect eggs are hatching, bugs are looking for food and mates, and laying even more eggs. They don’t just stick to nature, either. 

Summer is a prime time for bugs to want to hang out at your house.

Why Do I Have House Bugs?

Bugs are driven inside for a few reasons. For one, they are cold-blooded and can’t regulate their temperature. So, if it’s very warm outside, they’ll seek shade and cooler temperatures. That means they’re probably headed inside to bask in your air conditioning. 

Some bugs might be looking for safe places to lay eggs. That could mean standing water for mosquitoes or dark, undisturbed corners for spiders and cockroaches. (Yikes…)

They might also be drawn inside by smells from food. Trash, sinks, and countertops often have tiny bits of food that release odors that can attract bugs, like cockroaches, ants, and fruit flies.

Check out this list from House Method on reasons why bugs are drawn to homes to see why you might have house bugs.

Why House Bugs Are Bad

We live with nature, bugs and animals all around us, all the time. They contribute to a healthy ecosystem and circle of life. But, when they encroach on our personal space, it’s problematic.

Firstly, it’s unsightly and unsettling. You don’t want to share the breakfast nook with industrious ants carrying away yesterday’s muffin crumbs. You don’t want your guests to catch a cockroach skedaddling across the floor and disappearing under your refrigerator. And you certainly don’t want to wake up at night swiping at a spider that’s sharing your bed. (Big “no thanks,” right?)

But aside from the heebie-jeebies, there are actual health concerns with bugs in the home. Bugs and rodents can spread disease, and cockroaches and dust mites can trigger allergies and asthma. Even worse, some spider species or scorpions can be venomous and actually deliver life-threatening bites. 

And if you see one… (shudder) there are likely more. Especially bugs like stink bugs, cockroaches, fruit flies, and mosquitoes.

How You Can Prevent House Bugs

There is a simple way to keep bugs and pests out of your home and it isn’t heavily spraying questionable chemicals and pesticides – which can do just as much harm as good.

It’s air sealing! Air sealing prevents bugs and pests from entering your home in the first place. Air sealing targets the cracks, gaps, and holes that pests can use as superhighways to your super swanky hotel. By sealing where bugs can easily enter, you lock up the entrance.

That’s right. No vacancy, house bugs! Check the motel down the street.

Air sealing doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t need a pro. All you need is some caulk, weather stripping, and a couple hours on a Saturday. It’s inexpensive and totally worth it if you are experiencing a house bug problem. (And you know, those cracks and gaps that let bugs in can let rodents in too!)

There are a lot of additional benefits to air sealing, like healthier indoor air quality and less wasted energy. If you want to learn more before you commit to the easy, inexpensive and rewarding task of air sealing your home yourself, visit our FAQs.

Don’t know what to look for? No problem! We put together a nice little blueprint so you can take a look around your home and find common trouble spots.

But if you’re ready to take your house back, kick those freeloaders out, and experience a bug-free home, awesome! We’ll show you how right here.