The Ultimate Guide to Prevent and Get Rid of Insects!

Cockroach on the bathroom sink.

Bugs are oftentimes unwelcome guests in the home. We have written extensively about how to get rid of bugs in your home and this roundup of posts will remind you how to do exactly that.

Get Rid of Flies and Ants

Learn what changes you can make inside and out to reduce the number of flies and to limit their entry into your home. A variety of traps and even natural options are available to help with these tasks. Cleaning is also crucial to a bug-free home, and we go over ways to eliminate attractants for flies and ants, as well as how to eliminate the ant trails that keep the pesky pests coming back. Read more in How to Get Rid of Flies and Keep Bugs Out of the House.

Keep a Clean and Bug-Free House

Want to keep bugs from finding your house a desirable place to dine and live? Steve McMahan, owner of Molly Maid of Greater Fort Worth and North Arlington, offers his expertise. In addition to deep and regular cleaning, of course, he recommends tasks such as placing flour and rice in the freezer to keep from attracting weevils, and trimming bushes and trees to avoid giving bugs easy access to your home. Get more tips in Eliminate Bugs and Pests: Keep Your Home Clean and Insect-Free.

Make Your Kitchen a No-Fruit-Fly Zone

Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, but they need certain conditions to do so: fermenting foods and moist surfaces. Avoid an outbreak by keeping your kitchen clean and tidy. Wipe countertops of sticky residue and crumbs after use to avoid attracting fruit flies. Wash and place fruit in lidded containers to keep them from contaminating your food. Read more in Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Starts with a Clean Kitchen.

Use Natural and Non-Toxic Methods to Control Ants

We expand on the previous post about ant control by offering ways to eliminate them from your home with natural and non-toxic methods. Orange Guard is a water-based insecticide and repellent using d-Limonene, or orange peel extract, to battle most insects, including ants. It proves safe to use around kids and pets, and you can even apply it to countertops and food storage areas thanks to its non-toxic status. Learn more about it and other non-commercial natural products in How to Get Rid of Ants with Natural and Non-Toxic Ant Control Methods.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Perhaps the most disturbing bug that can make its way into your house is Cimex lectularius, aka the common bed bug. Not only are their bites painful and itchy to those allergic, but also the thought of them in your sleeping space will make you toss and turn nightly. We offer a step-by-step process to eliminate bed bugs in your home, so that you can sleep soundly once again.

No Bug Zone Infographic

Bugs are a big problem. Our No Bug Zone infographic puts the challenge of keeping bugs out of your house into perspective.

All of the methods we’ve written about have one step in common: keeping a clean and tidy home. This can be difficult with busy schedules, especially in homes where large families come and go and make messes. We would be more than happy to help with cleaning tasks. Our services include both the deep cleaning and regular maintenance recommended for pest control that lasts year round.