KNOXVILLE (WATE) – While spring can mean warm weather, it can also mean a lot of bugs and critters coming out, trying to get in your home. So what can you do to keep creepy-crawly things out of your house?
Will Bullard said Dayton’s Pest Control is seeing ants, carpenter bees, termites and centipedes coming out in high numbers this year. He said when it comes to keeping the bugs out, it has less to do with what you’re doing inside your house and more to do with the outside.
“You want to make sure that the door sweeps are intact on the garage doors,” said Bullard. “Make sure especially that they’re sealed on the bottom. You want to the weather stripping to go all the way.”
The same goes for exterior doors. In addition to sealing your home, Bullard said you should look for signs of bugs outside your house, too: ant mounds, ant trails and spider webs.
“The main thing is taking care of the outside of the home, keeping that threshold open,” said Bullard. He said to keep plants six to eight inches away from your house, avoid over watering, and keep outdoor, evening lighting at a minimum.
If you’re inside and you can see daylight, Bullard said a bug or rodent can get in. He said a mouse only needs 1/8 of an inch to make its way into your home.
Things you can do to keep pests out
- Keep shrubs 6-8 inches away from the house
- Don’t over-saturate the lawn or plants
- Make sure home is properly sealed. Check around the garage door, doorways, crawl space vents, windows, and plumbing penetration.
- Don’t use too much lighting outside your home in the evening. Lights attract bugs, which in turn attract spiders.
- Trim your trees. Trees hanging over your house can allow bugs
- Make sure there is no pooled water around your house. Wet areas serve as both a breeding area and a drinking fountain.
- Try cleaning your cupboards with vinegar. Vinegar helps disinfect and ants hate the smell.