Bugs are opportunists and your home provides food and shelter. Here’s a few ways they might try to get in.
- Potted Plants
A perfect little apartment for many types of bugs. Before shifting plants from the Great Outdoors, check for hitchhiking pests that may have established a home on plants during summer months. Be sure to check both the pot and the plant before bringing it inside.
- Paper Bags
These infiltrators love to hide, eat, and lay eggs in the creases of paper bags, especially if the pile is thick. Oftentimes roaches enter the home because their eggs are already on the paper, but they may also stumble across the bags when searching for water. To prevent your paper bags from turning into a roach motel, always recycle or compost them.
- Window Gaps
Bugs can and will get in through the smallest of cracks. Check your windows, doors and screens for points of entry and seal them up.
Moths, weevils and their eggs often hide out in grain products – catching a ride into your home in your groceries or pet food. Once inside, they quickly reproduce, and can chew their way into cardboard food boxes to feed on their contents. Prevent an infestation by storing grain products in airtight jars or bottles, keeping rice and other grains in the fridge or freezer, tossing expired grain products promptly, and keeping an eye out for small holes in cardboard food boxes.
- Used Furniture
One home is as good as another to bugs. That armchair might look like a steal, but if some kind of creepy crawly is hiding in the stuffing, you could also be signing up for an exterminator and extensive disruption of your life. Inspect all furniture before bringing it inside if you must buy used.
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