Bugs are a year-round nuisance in Florida. In the warmer months, mosquitoes, ants, roaches, and termites thrive outside. In the colder months, they try to move indoors. There really is no winning—unless you take these 5 steps to help bug-proof your home and yard, then you’ll really be winning when you aren’t dealing with bugs! As an added bonus, these tasks are also things you should be doing to maintain the upkeep of your home and property. It’s a win-win!
- Seal Your Doors and Windows. Even the smallest of gaps in your doorways or windows serve as an entry point into your home. While conducting your fall maintenance, identify and seal any gaps you find. Replacing weather-stripping or upgrading to aluminum barriers or door sweeps can add an additional level of protection. As a bonus, you may see an improvement in your energy bill now that your home is better warded from air loss.
- Add, repair, or replace screens. Bug screens are commonly found on nearly every window of homes in Florida. Many doors also have a second screen door. This allows us to enjoy the cool weather—but if there are any rips or holes, it serves as an open invitation to unwanted pests. A 20-mesh or finer is ideal for keeping out insects.
- Yard maintenance. Proper care and maintenance of your yard is where your fight against insects and pests begins. Keeping the grass well-trimmed and the yard properly drained of standing water will go a long way to prevent bugs from being attracted to your yard in the first place. Use chemical or natural repellants (like cedar, lavender, and citronella plants) to take repelling bugs from your yard to the next level.
- Repair cracks around the structure of your home. Once cracks in the doors, windows, and screens are taken car of, start looking for other points of entry in the walls of your home. Over time, homes settle, and small, minor cracks can occur. These aren’t usually a concern in regard to the foundation or structure—but they are a concern when it comes to bugs. Use caulk, cement, or plaster to seal any cracks in the outside walls and then double your protection by checking for cracks in the walls inside your home—primarily around doors, windows, and vents.
- Seal and clean up around pipes. Pipes exit the house for a number of reasons: air conditioning drainage, hoses/outdoor water supply, dryer vent and draining, etc. Around these areas, the pipes can loosen or serve as an attractant to bugs (standing water is highly attractive to mosquitoes and a variety of other bugs). Reseal any cracks forming and clean up any standing water. If needed, route the draining water so that it is absorbed by the soil and poses a less risk for standing water.
If you are ever concerned for the infestation of pests, especially termites, contact AcuSystem to conduct an inspection and recommended course of action to help rid yourself of those pesky bugs.