With more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world (that’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,0000!), the last thing you want, is for swarms of insects to invade your home. Some insects are harmless, but, we can all agree on one thing â€“ we do not want them in our home. Not only are they unsanitary, they also bug the heck out of us; especially when you are trying to eat your lunch and a fly lands on your meal â€“ yum? I think not.
Home is our sanctuary, and the last thing we want is for us and our families to be preyed on by hungry virus-ridden mosquitoes in our home â€“ if we can help it. The Obama Administration recently released a report warning that global warming will increase risk mosquito-borne viruses like West Nile. Not to mention that Zika Virus, Malaria and Dengue are still a real and present health risk around the world.
Fighting invading flying critters in our home donâ€™t have to be hard, and you certainly donâ€™t have to spray harmful chemical and fumes into the air to be effective. Here is how to take the natural, eco and earth-friendly way in protecting, preventing and eliminating insects from your home, that works.
Keep bugs and mosquitoes far from the vicinity of your home
If you have a yard, garden, porch, patio or any kind of outdoor space, make sure you are vigilant in ensuring there arenâ€™t pools of still water lying around, as this is like Shangri-La for mosquitoes. You certainly donâ€™t want to be attacked by mosquitoes while you are enjoying a mojito. Besides that, this also reduces the population of mosquitoes from entering your home.
Seal up gaps and cracks in your home
Scrutinize your home and look at ways to seal up gaps and cracks in your home, which serves as easy gateways for insects to get into your home. Things like installing insect mesh screening doors and windows, and having a door sweeper to cover the gap between the door and the ground would go a long way in insect-proofing your home. It is hard to inspect every nook and cranny for holes; best you can do is set aside time for a thorough annual inspection so you can have an action plan on fortifying your home from pesky insects. After all, the less exposed you are from outside elements, the more protected your home is.
Insect repelling plants
Not only will these plants liven up living spaces and make your place smell wonderful, these plants do a great job of repelling mosquitoes. Look into herb plants like Lemongrass, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary. Mint also repels mosquitoes and flies. In fact, try rubbing mint on your body; the smell repulses mosquitoes so much they will steer clear from biting you. Natural Living Ideas has a great list of recommendations for insect repelling plants that also look great.
Install a bug zapper that blends with your lifestyle
No matter how many ways you try to bug-proof your home, thereâ€™s always going to be some that will sneak in. Thatâ€™s where the new ZappLight comes in. Unlike traditional large and intrusive bug-zappers, ZappLight is a stylish looking light bulb for the modern home that doubles as a bug zapper. And there are no fumes or chemical sprays that harm the environment or ourselves. ZappLight is a multi-tasking and dual purpose light bulb that does more than illuminate, yet, using only merely 10 watts, it is certainly giving other LED bulbs a run for their money. Fits into any regular light bulb socket, it is simple and easy to use. Just get it, set it and forget it.
There you have it. Some great natural and eco-friendly tips to prevent flying pesky bugs from your home. Remember, zapp bugs, not the environment!
How do you keep your home bug-free? we would love to hear some of your tips in the comments below!