Banish Common Bugs from Your Home

Banish Common Bugs from Your Home bb3 Jun 27, 2014

By Staff Writer

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Banish bugs.jpgSometimes household pests can be more than a nuisance — they also can harm your health and your home. Here are tips for preventing infestations by some common bugs:

  • Carpenter ants can burrow into your home’s wood and cause structural damage. If you see signs of infestation — a growing number of large ants inside your home or piles of sawdust — locate the nest (near the sawdust) and use toxic bait or chemical dust to destroy it.
  • Cockroaches not only spread disease, but they also agitate allergies and asthma. Instead of using pesticides, sprinkle a mixture of borax (found in laundry aisles) and sugar in problem areas. The sugar attracts the cockroaches while the borax poisons them.
  • Bedbugs are parasites often found in bedding, and they can quickly get out of control. If you find bedbugs, dispose of the infected bedding and contact an exterminator.
  • Silverfish are flat-bodied, silver insects known for the tiny holes they chew in paper, clothing and wallpaper. Pesticides can be effective, but sometimes it’s necessary to bring in a professional.  

Using Pesticides
Pesticides are strictly regulated in Canada to reduce the risk of harm to human health and the environment. If you decide pesticides are the best solution, follow these safety measures:

  • Cover skin with protective clothing.
  • Wash hands and face after use.
  • Never use pesticides while children or pets are in the area.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Read and follow all safety and storage instructions located on the product label.

Preventing Pests
Once you've eliminated the bugs, use these pointers to help keep your house pest-free:

  • Use caulking to seal holes and cracks in exterior walls, floors and foundations.
  • Keep your house clean and clutter-free.
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly.
  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Be wary about the hotels you visit — pests can come home in your suitcase.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.