Stop Inviting Insects Into Your Home

Posted on: 21 January 2015

After a few years of living in a house, wear and tear on the home, the house settling, and ignored repairs can all become an open invitation for insects to come in. Make a pass through your home and seal off easy access routes for the bugs. Clean up those areas that motivate bugs to find a way into your home. With a little effort you'll send the message that no bugs are welcome here.

Shut The Door On Bugs

The easiest way for insects to get into your house is through the doors. Exterior doors are used by people to get in and out of your home so they are prone to physical wear and tear. Wooden doors can swell and warp and no longer seal the house when closed. As the house settles, the door frames can pull away from the house. Repair these door problems and stop a major entry point for insects.

  • Use weather stripping to seal any gaps between the door and the frame. A door sweep at the bottom of the door creates a seal with the floor.
  • Pull off the trim around the door frames and pack any openings between the frame and the house with fiberglass or foam insulation.

Screen Out Insect Visitors

When doors and windows are open, screen doors and window screens are good for keeping insects out only if they are in good shape. The smallest hole in the screen or screen material that has pulled away from the metal frame makes easy access for insects. Door and window screen repair is an inexpensive way to keep bugs out.

  • Repair holes in screen doors created by pets scratching to get in or out. Where people push on the screen part of the door to open and close it, install a bar across the door to prevent tears in the screen. Push screen material back in that has pulled out from the spline around the screen.
  • Take window screens in for repair or use a mobile window screen repair service. Replace the screen material instead of trying to patch over small holes. The smallest hole in a screen will let bugs in.

Seal Yourself Off from the Outside

Walk around your house and you'll see a number places where something inside of the house comes through the wall to the outside. These are all potential insect doorways into your house. Arm yourself with a caulking gun and foam or fiberglass insulation and fill up the gaps.

Use a weatherproof caulk on the outside of the house to seal openings where these items come through:

  • dryer vent
  • water pipes
  • drain pipes
  • gas line
  • water heater vent
  • plumbing vents
  • skylights
  • solar tubes
  • telephone line
  • cable TV cable

Inside of the house, use insulation to fill large gaps where these items leave the house to go to the outside.

Close Down the Waterways

Water loving insects will travel along water pipes and come into the house through gaps. Besides sealing where the water pipes and drains exit the house, seal their route through the house.

  • Find where water and drain pipes come in under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Seal the space where they come in through the wall and floor with foam insulation.
  • Look for water pipes in the basement that go up through the floor and use foam insulation around the opening.

Keep your home free from insect visitors by showing them that they are not welcome. Seal up their favorite access ways so they'll have to find a neighbor to visit.


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