West Knoxville Homeowners: How To Keep The Bugs Out

bigspiderSpring and summer bring beautiful weather in Knoxville. But, with the warm weather comes a whole slew of bugs and insects. And, if no action is taken to keep them out of your West Knoxville home, you could find yourself with a whole slew of invaders.

Here are a few tips to keep those nasty bugs and insects out of your West Knoxville home this summer:

  • The best line of defense is preventing them from getting in at all. Make sure all cracks on the outside of your home are sealed. Also, make sure all wood on the outside of your home is finished or painted, making it less appealing to wood destroying insects and bees to start calling it home.
  • Keep your home clean. By keeping your home free of crumbs and open food containers, you will be less likely to attract ants, flies and rodents. Also, be sure to keep all pet food in a sealed container as well.
  • Visit your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and invest in some pest control supplies. Be sure to read the directions carefully. If you have children or pets in the house, be sure that you know the warnings involved.
  • Hire a professional to stop the problem before it starts. While hiring a exterminator can be pricy, it can be a worthy investment. With such a slew of insects and bugs in Knoxville, it can be worth it.

If you already are dealing with nasty bugs or insects in your West Knoxville home, here are a few tips on how to get them out:

  • If you’re dealing with cockroaches, the most effective solution is boric acid. Boric acid can be extremely dangerous to children and pets, so make sure it is kept out of contact with them.
  • If you’re wanting to avoid hazardous chemical like boric acid, some people there is some success with lining cracks and crevices with a powder such as chalk, flour, or Comet cleaner. Insects don’t like to cross through these lines. Still, this method is not as effective as some.
  • If you’re dealing with flies, apple cider vinegar is recommended. Cover a cope with a lid or plastic wrap with holes poked in the top. The flies will go through the holes and get trapped in the vinegar.

Have you had a bug or insect problem in your home? If so, how do you keep the bugs out of your West Knoxville home?