Bug-Proofing Your Home

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No matter what region you live in, chances are you live in the proximity of bugs. Today we’d like to go over some ways that you can remain master of your domain and make sure that these pesky little invaders don’t make it into the one place in this world that’s truly yours.

Insects by the Numbers

It’s hard to approximate the exact number of species of insects in the world. According to Smithsonian, some 900 thousand different kinds of living insects are known and identified. This makes up about 80% of the world’s species (most entomologists believe, in fact, that more insect species exist and have not been named by science than insect species that have been identified).

In the United States alone, the number of described insect species is approximately 91,000, according to the International Congress of Entomology. Undescribed insect species is estimated to be somewhere around 73,000.

Most described insect species in the U.S. fall into 4 insect orders:

  • Coleoptera (beetles) at 23,700 species
  • Diptera (flies) at 19,600 species
  • Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps) at 17,500 species
  • Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) at 11,500 species

Is your skin crawling yet? Here are some tips that will help you sleep at night. Of course, if bugs persist, Marianna’s might not be the best line of defense against a swarm. If you have a problem that has become out of control, it’s important that you call a service specializing in insect removal.

  1. Seal your doors. Check for unsealed gaps at the entrance to your home. Make sure to keep your doors shut at all times as well as your windows. At the very least, make sure you add screens, that way you can keep open ventilation.
  1. Stay on top of your yard maintenance. In an effort to make sure there’s no bug uprising being planned in your neck of the woods, keep a pristine backyard. For instance, making sure that there isn’t any pooling of water in your backyard can make a big impact when it comes to mosquito control. Make sure to remove any debris, any piles of leaves, because these areas prove to be adequate hiding spots for all sorts of unwelcome visitors.
  1. Seal cracks and pipe/wiring penetrations. Use sealants or caulk to protect your home. Common wall penetrations might include those made for water, gas, electrical, or air conditioning.
  1. Get rid of your clutter. This is for all of our pack rats out there. Unwanted bugs can colonize in that stack of old newspapers you can’t seem to part with. Bugs reproduce so fast in those unknown corners of the house that they can become an insurmountable problem.
  1. Pack your food up. Keeping your food in airtight containers will go a long way towards keeping your home and your pantry free of bugs. Store unsealed foods in the fridge whenever possible. Be sure to wipe up crumbs and keep your floors clean at all times in order to drastically reduce your bug encounters.

We hope some of these pointers help. Marianna’s Cleaning Co. is here any time you need us. We’re your first line of defense against unwanted bugs in your house. Together, we can help you avoid more serious issues by taking care of your house cleaning before if becomes a real mess.

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