Keep those unwanted bugs out of your home! Here’s how

As a homeowner, it’s a nightmare to see your furniture being infected by termites, or ants scrambling in an out of your kitchen, or mosquitoes flocking inside your bedroom. However, all of these nightmares have a common master head that is the “Bug Problem.”

Gone are the days when you have to sit back, helpless, watching your home being taken over by these notorious beings. Now, if you are or have been struggling with this problem, there are lists of potential solutions available both home-made and chemical-driven.

To ease you a little, I have prepared a quick list with some basic precautions against these unwanted bugs:

For Termites

Termite image 23722878278278Seeing your wooden furniture varnish? No, it’s not some black magic, but these black bugs are called termites!

Too bad for you that the damage caused by termites isn’t seen until it is too late. So, if there is damage to your furniture which you can see from your naked eye (already!), the termites have had your home as their habitat for quite some time now.

You need to take extra precautions to prevent your home from these pests. To bail them out of your house, a very common method is, add poisonous substances in the food that they consume. Secondly, as it’s said precaution is better than cure, it is always better to keep an eye on the vulnerable parts time and again, to make sure that termites do not become a problem.

For Black Widows

Unwanted bugs black widow spider 33333The most poisonous spider in parts of North America, the black widow spider can thrive in the warmth of your four walls if you don’t take necessary precautions. They are easy to recognize because of the red hourglass shape on their stomachs. Talking about their survival and habitat, it is generally in the dark and messy environment.

So, to protect your home against these poisonous insects, eliminate or reduce the areas where they can build a web. Deep clean the dusty and cluttered areas from your home.

For Mosquitoes

Mosquito image 498398298293848None of us are unaware of the life-taking diseases this insect can spread, considering the fact that they are so commonly found at homes. During the summer months, citronella is a very popular and effective method to keep the mosquitoes at bay. However, there are other deterrents you can use to keep them away from your home. Scents like almonds, jojoba, and lavender have also proved to be effective against the attack of mosquitoes.

You can also create water traps where these creeps will fly into and drown. Talking about water, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. So, eliminate all the sources of dead or stagnant water in and around your house.

For Fleas

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According to, this flea trap, which is odourless and non-toxic, kills fleas indoors. (Image: adapted from

If you are a pet owner, cats and dogs to be specific, you are definitely aware of the ruckus these tiny insects create. Fleas are common insects, which live in the skin of the animal and thrive on their blood. They are not only irritating and harmful for us humans, infact, they can also infect your furry friends with poisonous substances.

Since they are fast-breeding and have a comparatively larger life span (almost a year in ideal situations!), it becomes very difficult to get rid of them. A few basic precautions that you can consider are vacuuming and cleaning all the regions where they are more likely to lay their eggs, which include all the carpets, layers and beddings.


Bedbug image for article 22334143As the name suggests, these creeps usually thrive on mattresses. To get rid of these notorious creatures, keep vacuuming your bedding from time to time. Now, they do not just exist on beddings but also on baseboards, posters, and walls. Thus, it’s wise to keep an eye on these sections of your home also. Apart from vacuuming, you must also wash the mattresses and dump them in a trash bag, this will suffocate the insects that are still alive. Conduct a regular check on the surfaces where they have previously existed and keep your surroundings clean.

Pests and bugs are a common problem for all homeowners. These tips will help you exterminate most of the commonly found bugs in residential spaces.


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