In & Around Your Home
How to Get Rid of Bugs Indoors
Evict annoying pests with these effective strategies
Bugs like a nice home for the same basic reasons you do. They want food, water, and shelter. If they can find these in your house, they'll move in. Common bugs found in the home are earwigs, vinegar flies, drain flies, cockroaches, silverfish, house centipedes, firebrats, spiders, and ants. Pet owners sometimes have to deal with fleas in the house. These pests may show up at different times of the year, and are more of a problem in some regions more than others.
Don't Let Bugs Feel At Home In Your House
Tiny cracks under the door. Little spaces by windows. These are wide open gates, inviting bugs into your house. While it seems nearly impossible to keep bugs out all the time, here are some easy ways to make them scarce.
Prevention and Maintenance
Seal Up Cracks and Openings
Take a close look at your screens, windows, and doors. If you see any cracks or holes, caulk them or repair them. Little cracks are like wide-open doors for bugs.
Don't Let Bugs Enjoy Your Food
Different bugs like different foods. Ants go for the sweet stuff. Grain moths love rice and cereal. Make sure your food is stowed away in tightly sealed containers and your floors are nice and clean. You can even store flour in the freezer.
Control Any Damp Areas
Some house bugs, such as earwigs, like damp places. Make sure you keep areas near dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and water pipes as dry as possible.
Clean and Sweep Regularly
Good housekeeping keeps bugs away. Don't forget your kitchen-sink and bathtub drains. Drain flies live in there, and fly out to look for food. Use a drain cleaner on a regular basis to keep these pests from becoming a problem.
Create a Barrier
Inside your home, use Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹ to create a barrier around windows, doors, and along baseboards. Outside around the foundation of your home, use the product to create a perimeter barrier that keeps bugs out. Always follow the label directions.
Keep Outside Areas Free of Debris
Firewood stacks, compost sites, and yard waste are good hiding places for bugs that might move indoors. Make sure these places are away from the house. Before you bring in firewood, check it for bugs hitching a free ride.