Climate Change Impact in House Bugs
Whether the current climate change is permanent or simply a temporary weather cycle of Earth, one thing to keep in mind is its impact on house bugs.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably not a huge fan of dealing with the heat unless you’re at the beach or sitting by the swimming pool. It might surprise you to learn that insects often feel the same way. With record temperatures afflicting various parts of the country at any given time, a number of insects are trying to find refuge in your home like never before.
The proliferation of house bugs
Chances are, you’re quite familiar with household bugs trying to get inside your home. After all, who could blame them? Your house is comfortable, full of food, and a great place to call home. The heat coming from outside is simply one more reason for these insects to want to get inside. This can cause health concerns, not to mention being an annoyance to your family members. Cockroaches, crickets, bed bugs, and several others won’t give up, and that can be bad news if you don’t fight back.
With those house bugs, come spiders
Spiders and other arachnids are extremely tough. Many of them can exist in a variety of environmental conditions, so the heat probably won’t bother them as much as it might “bug” other insects. But the thing with these pint-sized predators is that they will go where the bugs are. When their favorite afternoon snacks end up making their way inside your house, the spiders will follow. This greatly enhances their ability to find a good meal. The problem, of course, is that now you’ll have to deal with both household bugs and the spiders that are coming inside your house to get them.
How to protect your home from house bugs
Now that climate change may be bringing even a greater number of insects and arachnids into your home, you’ll need to be more diligent than ever. If not, you could be looking at an infestation before you know it. So how do you stop this influx of pests? Try these four steps:
- Seal up holes — Household bugs will use the holes in your walls, foundation, window frames, etc. to get inside your house. Filling in these gaps will go a long way to keeping them outside.
- Clean up trash — Most bugs need food to survive. Clean up dirty dishes right away and take out your trash on a regular basis to drive them away.
- Set up traps — Bait traps will help remove any household bugs that have successfully entered your home.
- Call a professional — If you continue to have a problem, call an expert to handle it for you.
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