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The great thing about warmer weather is that you can throw your windows open and let loads of fresh air into your home. The bad thing is that this invites all the local bugs to fly in and make your house their home for the foreseeable future.
You all know what we’re talking about here. From the beginning of summer all the way through to the start of winter, it feels as though so many flying insects enter your home. You can’t do anything without seeing something flapping or hearing a buzz from behind your ear. It’s incredibly frustrating, particularly when you’re trying to sleep and there’s a fly or a moth right in your face!
Oh, and let’s not forget about all the bites. Bugs and insects fly in and eat you like you’re the main food they need for a balanced diet. It leaves you with so many itchy red marks on your skin, so it’s time to do something about it.
Dealing with insects when they’re already inside your home is very tough. Instead, focus on preventing them from going inside in the first place. Here are some ideas you may want to incorporate:
Place mesh on your windows
You can easily buy some woven mesh from places like SSWM that’ll fit your windows and prevent bugs from flying in. Essentially, you install this mesh when the windows are open, so you allow fresh air in, but bugs and insects can’t get through.
It gives you the best of both worlds, meaning you can sleep in a comfortable environment without worrying about unwanted visitors. Woven metal mesh is the best option here because it’s less likely to break and you get some extra security protection too. Alternatively, you can use mesh curtains, though they’re slightly less effective at keeping all of the insects out.
Get an outdoor bug zapper
A lot of people will use things like an electric flying insect trap indoors. You plug them into a socket and they will draw insects to them, zapping them as they get close. By all means, this works, but it doesn’t prevent the insects from getting inside your home. It’s more of a solution for any bugs that are already in there.
Instead, you need an outdoor bug zapper. You can find lanterns or other devices equipped with ultraviolet lights. This draws bugs to the device, and when they get close to the light they’re zapped. Having a couple of these outside your house will draw bugs to them instead of the lights inside your home. Therefore, they never get a chance to go inside before they’re zapped.
Will this stop 100% of bugs from flying in your home? No…nothing will do that by itself. But, when used in conjunction with window mesh, it can be surprisingly effective at dealing with a good 90% of the flying insects around your property.
Store fruit in your fridge
Did you know that most of the little insects flying around your home are fruit flies? These flies feast on fruit as it starts to ripen and go off. Like most of us, you probably keep all of your fruit in a bowl, usually by the kitchen window. This makes it so easy to attract fruit flies as they smell the fruit and come inside for a meal.
To counter this, you need to prevent your fruit from getting too ripe, too quickly. The best way is to store as much of it in the fridge as possible. Things that ripen very quickly – like apples – can be put in the fridge from the moment you buy them. You should also keep ripe fruit away from unripe fruit as you’ll speed up the ripening process for the unripe ones if they’re close to one another.