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householhd-bugs-neighborsNo matter what season it is, you can bet that household bugs will be a problem for you and your family. Whether it’s cockroaches, ants, or any other variety of insect, when they get into your house, there’s a good chance that you might have an infestation on your hands.



The question many homeowners have is also very simple: where are the household bugs coming from? After all, they can’t just appear out of thin air. There must be a source somewhere, and you might not need to look very far. Why? Because your neighbors could be the source of your household bugs problem. If you believe this might be possible, here are some questions to ask yourself:


Do your neighbors not seal their trash properly? 


Bugs are often attracted to the odor of trash. If your neighbors take out their garbage, but don’t worry about sealing it in a secure manner, insects can detect this and find their way in. Once they’re in your neighbor’s yard, it is simply a hop, skip, and jump to your place. If you see trash bags being set outside without being sealed or placed in the proper container, you might have your answer as to why household bugs are entering your home.


Do your neighbors have sources of water around their house?


Insects are also attracted to moisture. If your neighbors have a pool, this might be bringing household bugs into their home and yours. Even without a pool, though, water can be a real problem. Leaky pipes, excessive rain run-off, or overwatering a lawn can quickly cause some bugs to gather forces outside your neighbor’s home.


Do your neighbors have debris in their yards?


Debris is yet another reason why your neighbors might have household bugs. Many types of insects hunt out places that allow them to hide and set up shop, so to speak. Debris can include anything from old cardboard boxes and pieces of wood to rotting children’s toys and out-of-service grills. A number of insects love to burrow beneath even the largest of these items.


How do you handle the situation? 


If you believe this is a real concern, and you have a good relationship with your neighbor, simply tell him or her of your concerns. You might even want to offer assistance in cleaning up areas of debris or moisture. If you’re not too friendly with the neighbor, try to use as much tact as possible. After all, it can be an embarrassing situation for some people. If you happen to be part of a homeowners’ association, bring up your concerns to the person who handles these types of things, and they will take care of the problem.

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