With the approach of spring and summer, many people begin to worry about insect-proofing their house. Nobody likes to see bugs in their home and many of us use some pretty harsh methods to keep them out. Those bugs that do manage to make it in are generally quickly put to death instead of being led out of the house or left alone.
One thing that most of us do each year is have our house sprayed with some sort of chemicals that keep the insects outside. This is generally pretty effective, but is also not the healthiest or most eco-friendly way to combat the insect problem. Just like you can still bring home groceries with reusable shopping bags without having the negative environmental problems that plastic bags create, so too can you control you insect problems with “green” methods.
The first step we can all take is to keep our house tidy. Most bugs come in to our homes in search of food, not because they want to hang out with us. Keeping your cupboards, counter tops, and floors free from crumbs and other food debris will go a long way in attracting fewer bugs. And, when possible, store opened packages in airtight, reusable containers.
However, no matter how clean you keep your house, chances are that some bugs will still make their way inside, especially in certain geographic regions of the country. This does not mean that you have to resort to chemicals, though, to keep them out. There are a number of eco-friendly ways to keep the bugs out. For example, baby powder and cinnamon work well in keeping ant populations at bay. Simply lining the area that you notice the ants coming from with cinnamon will keep them away. If you want to kill them, use baby powder. They will carry it back to their colony where it will kill them all.
The above strategies will work well indoors, bu