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How to Keep Bugs Out of Apartment

Uh oh, the National Pest Management Association claims that some household pests, like ticks and bedbugs, may be problematic even in the cooler months, even in a cooler state like North Dakota. These aren't the only pesky unwanted roommates that can set up shop in your home, however. There are so many bugs that would love to move into your cozy apartment.

Do you know how to keep bugs out of an apartment? If this is your first time dealing with apartment life or living alone, you may not know what to do. How do you keep your home bug-free?

Seal Entry Points

Bugs can enter your apartment through tiny cracks and gaps around windows, doors, and walls. If you think a gap is too small, it's not. Remember, some household pests are tiny, especially if they're not full-grown.

Inspect your apartment thoroughly for these openings. Seal them with caulk, weatherstripping, or door sweeps to create a barrier that prevents bugs from getting in. You may want to contact your landlord for this so they can have a maintenance professional do it.

Pay special attention to areas where pipes or cables enter your apartment. These are often unexpected bug entrances.

If any of your windows don't have screens, or if the screens have holes in them, talk to your landlord about screen installation. This way, you can allow fresh air into your apartment.


Maintain Good Apartment Hygiene

Regular cleaning is essential when it comes to preventing bugs in your space. Clean up food crumbs and spills as soon as they happen, especially in the kitchen and dining areas.

Keep the floors, countertops, and surfaces clean and free of food debris. Bugs can find even the smallest crumbs, so one unnoticed spill could lead to a bug infestation.

Keep your drains clean as well. Some bugs, like drain flies, are attracted to the food debris that hides down there.

An overflowing or unsanitary trash can also be a bug magnet. Empty your trash often and use trash bins with secure lids. Clean the trash can every once in a while to remove anything that could attract pests.

If you're noticing a bug problem, you may need to upgrade your cleaning schedule, at least for a while. A clean space will repel insects, so while it may feel like you're "going overboard," the results will be worth it.

Store Food Well

Bugs are attracted to food sources. Without anything to eat, they'll have no interest in your apartment.

Keep all of your food items, including grains, cereals, and even pet food, in sealed containers. Airtight containers can prevent bugs from accessing your food.

Don't leave food out in the open if you can avoid it, even if it's only for an hour or so.

Consider putting all food in separate sealable containers. For example, cereal that comes in standard cardboard boxes would be better kept in a jar or airtight plastic container. Not only will it last longer, but it will also stop bugs from coming in.

When it comes to pet food, try not to let it sit out. If your pet likes to "graze," you may have to switch to more scheduled feedings.

Fix Leaks and Avoid Standing Water

Bugs are drawn to water sources, making leaky pipes or faucets potential bug habitats. Repair any plumbing leaks or moisture issues promptly to eliminate this attraction. Keep sinks, bathrooms, and the kitchen dry.

On that note, you want to avoid having any standing water. Standing water is the perfect little oasis for unwelcome critters.

Avoid leaving water in sinks, tubs, or buckets. Fix any plumbing issues that result in standing water, and wipe up spills as soon as you spot them to ensure surfaces are dry (even if the spills are only water).

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Remove Clutter

Clutter isn't dirty, and in some cases, it can be charming and intentional. However, if you're worried about bugs and other pests, it's best to minimize it.

Clutter provides hiding places for bugs, making it essential to keep your apartment organized and decluttered. Sort through and remove items you no longer need. Reduce the number of hiding spots where bugs could take shelter.

This doesn't mean that you can't have any clutter at all, but at the very least, make sure you're checking for signs of bugs in your cluttered areas whenever you clean.

Talk to Your Landlord

The occasional bug spotting is no big deal. After all, sometimes a rogue beetle, spider, or fly will come in with your groceries or hitch a ride on you when you're coming home from work or some fun neighborhood activities. But how do you know when it's time to talk to your landlord about a potential bug problem?

If you're worried about an actual pest infestation, that's when the bugs become the landlord's problem. Small issues can be fixed with at-home pest control options, like ant traps and fly strips. Large issues could potentially spread to other units or cause serious damage.

For example, bugs like termites and bedbugs could cause harm to the entire building.

If you think that you're dealing with a bug problem that requires a professional pest control expert, don't be afraid to reach out to the landlord for help.

That's How to Keep Bugs Out of an Apartment

Figuring out how to keep bugs out of an apartment might seem tricky, but it doesn't have to be! These tips can help you keep your home free of any unwelcome creepy crawlies so you can enjoy your apartment in peace. It's as simple as keeping your home clean and keeping a watchful eye on any potential gaps.

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