Bugs in the Rug: How to Prevent a Bug Infestation

Some people are fascinated by bugs, and there are also those who are grossed out, possibly even frightened by these creatures. Everyone, however, can probably agree that sharing their home with insects is not something they think of with fondness.

Bugs can cause unsanitary conditions wherever they may be. Think of how cockroaches seem to appear out of nowhere, and when you find one, you know it’s far from being the only one. Most insects can reproduce very quickly.

Bugs may also pose a risk to health if they bite, as some of them carry diseases, such as some mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

Even if a bug is harmless, its presence alone may be enough to annoy you.

Why Bugs are in Your Home

There are only two reasons a bug may decide to enter and stay in your home: shelter and food. Sometimes, those two aren’t exactly distinguishable, as in the case of insects that live among and feed on paper. Roaches would eat anything, and they live in damp, dark places where people can’t usually bother them. Your drain could be crawling with them as you read this.

How to Prevent an Infestation

It’s normal to find one or two bugs at home, but if they have the opportunity to reproduce, an infestation might not be far behind.

When faced with an infestation, it’s best to call a professional to get rid of the bugs. Calling a Salt Lake City bed bug control company is safer and easier than trying to come up with ways to get rid of such bugs yourself. Bed bugs, in particular, are not easy to remove and have posed problems to cities around the world possibly since Egyptian times.

The best way to combat an infestation of just about any type of bug, however, is prevention. Here are some tips:

  • Check and improve your home’s insulation. If air can’t pass through, it’s probably impossible for bugs to pass through. Seal any holes or gaps.
  • Install door sweeps. These are cheap, and you can put them at the foot of your doors without any special tools. Nylon brush sweeps are said to be the best option against bugs.
  • Weatherstrip your doors, including the garage door.
  • Have your window company install bug screens if you like opening your windows to air out your home.
  • Clean your yard. Mosquitoes, spiders, and other bugs like to live where there are dead branches and leaves.
  • Avoid clutter. Clutter makes it easier for bugs to hide and thrive in your home.
  • Don’t leave food out for them. Cover food. Whatever you can keep in the fridge, keep it there. Use resealable plastic containers. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Use a vacuum. Vacuum your carpets and floors at least once a week. It’s also a good idea to have a portable vacuum cleaner handy for spaces like desks, shelves, and nightstands, and for spot cleaning if you like eating snacks on the couch.

Keeping your home properly insulated, clean, and orderly can reduce the possibility of a bug infestation. If there’s one already, however, make sure to call a professional to remove them.