Ticks and Bugs in the House? Here are the Steps You Should Take

Ticks and bugs are unwelcome guests in our houses, and we all want to get rid of them. They are not only annoying but also dangerous to our health. Ticks and bugs are parasites that take refuge in our homes and suck our blood to stay alive. In doing so, they transmit a variety of diseases, some of which could be fatal. Therefore, it is imperative to eliminate these predators and take precautionary measures to prevent them from coming back again. 

This blog focuses on the basic steps you can take to deal with the ticks and bugs in your house. So without any further ado, let’s explore these steps. 

1. Use Pest Killers

The first step you need to take when you come to know about ticks and bugs in your home is to use pest repellers. Get yourself the best pest killer so that you can protect yourself, your family members, and your pets from the deadly attack of the pests.

There are various kinds of pest killers you can use. These could be in the form of sprays, plug-ins, or a UV bug zapper. You can quickly get them from the nearest supermarket or order online. All you need to know for electronic bug repellers in the area you want to cover and some basic rules to follow.

Bug zappers are one of the best pest killers that emit UV light to attract bugs, and when they sit on the metal grid, they are electrocuted. This is helpful to a great degree. However, it does not kill all the bugs in your house, so you will need to follow a few more steps to eliminate the bugs and ticks. 

2. Protect your Pets 

As mentioned earlier, ticks and bugs transmit diseases to humans and animals, which can be deadly. Hence, in addition to killing pests inside the house, it is imperative to protect your pets, especially when they go outside. For this purpose, you can use tick-repellent shampoos in case you have a pet dog. For cats, consider taking the advice of a veteran expert before using such shampoos. This is because the cats might be sensitive to the ingredients of tick-repellent shampoos. 

Other than tick repellent shampoos, you can also get your pets oral medicines to treat the reaction of tick bites. For this, you must contact a vet doctor.  

3. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in Indoor and Outdoor Areas 

If you think ticks and bugs are entering your house by getting up on your pet’s body, it is time to treat your home with some pest repellent, both indoors and outdoors. You can use diatomaceous earth (DE) for this purpose. As the name suggests, Diatomaceous earth is made by using ingredients that come from within the earth. It is made of glass shells of tiny sea creatures, known as diatoms. Hence, diatomaceous earth is a natural tick repellent that is non-toxic and safe to use simultaneously. However, it can irritate your skin and the eyes if not used properly. If inhaled, it can also cause problems in the lungs and result in hindrance in breathing. So, please read the instructions of use before sprinkling it in your home. 

4. Lower Lawn Grass

Once you have got rid of pests living in and out of your home, it is time to prevent them from coming back again. Yes, you have to take precautionary measures to ensure they do not come back. For this purpose, you will have to take some easy steps. One of these steps is to lower the lawn grass and maintain its reduced size. This would help decrease the moisture in the soil, and pests won’t reside there. This would also ensure a safe place for your pets to roam around or play and come back inside without bringing ticks and bugs with them. 

5. Add Tick Tubes to the yard

Try adding tick tubes to your yard. Tick tubes are tubes made up of cardboard and treated with permethrin insecticide. Ticks often take refuge in damp places like caves, empty tires, or small holes in walls. According to Marc Potzler, an entomologist, adding tick tubes would cause mice to take cotton with traces of permethrin to their burrows for messaging purposes when they pass by these tubes. Once this insecticide reaches the holes of mice, the death of ticks is guaranteed. 

6. Heat Laundry

Heat your laundry after you have arrived from a visit to any wooden area or even your lawn. Wash your clothes first and then dry them for at least 10 minutes at a high temperature in your dryer. Ticks cannot survive at high temperatures. Doing this would help kill any ticks that have traveled with your clothes. In addition to the clothes, consider treating your backpack and camping gear in the same way. This would ensure no ticks enter your home and replicate there. 

7. Put Down Mulch

If your lawn is near a wooded area, you are advised to put down dry mulch or even gravel around your yard. Make sure you put it up to three feet in width. Doing this would ensure no ticks cross the dry barrier and enter your property. 

Putting down the mulch will also give you constant reminders that you have to be very careful when crossing this barrier and take extra precautions to prevent the entrance of ticks and bugs into your territory. 

So these were a few steps you should follow if you have ticks and bugs in your house. We would never want to compromise our health and safety before these pests. Therefore, do follow these steps to make your place a pest-free area. These steps are simple yet effective. All you need to do is to kill the pests and then prevent more of them from entering your territory. This would ensure a safe place for you, your family, and your pets. Stay safe!

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