Friday, January 9, 2015

Are You a New Mother? 10 Ways to Bug-Proof Your Home

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles


Keep Your Home Bug-Free


As a parent, one of my concerns is to have a safe, clean home for my children especially one that is free from invaders.  I'm not just talking about people invading but bugs!  I know that taking preventative measures is the best place to start to keep bugs and other pests away but of course, when I was a new parent, my main concern was caring for my newborn baby. Fortunately, Anti-Pesto Bug Killers is giving new mothers one less thing to worry by providing these simple tips to help keep your home pest-free.  Many of the tips are easy to overlook when you're busy with children but if you keep these tips in mind, they are easy for any family to do to prevent bugs and will go a long way in keeping those pests from invading your home!


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Are You a New Mother? 10 Ways to Bug-Proof Your Home


It’s completely natural for new mothers to be protective. It’s a good thing to be vigilant, too,

because there are many things in your environment that can create problems for an infant.

Bugs are a significant source of worry for many new moms and moms­-to-­be; simply imagining

bugs making their way into your baby’s crib or highchair can be a scary thought. You don’t

have to worry though -­ there are several steps you can take to make sure that doesn’t

happen. Our friends over at Anti­Pesto Bug Killers gave us a few tips and tricks to bug­proof

your home.


Put up bottles & baby food jars


It’s easy to forget to put away that jar of baby food or the bottle your baby just finished when

you’re utterly exhausted. You’re functioning on very little sleep, and the little things to

remember can be overwhelming. On the flip side, remembering to put these things away can

help deter bugs from invading your home. Pests such as ants, bees, and flies are attracted to

food with sugar, so do your best to make sure it’s put away.

Don’t Leave Pet Food Out


Pet food left in bowls on the floor can attract bugs and crawling infants. Once your pet has

had its fill, you should pick up the bowl and clean it thoroughly in order to not attract unwanted

attention. Don’t leave cat or dog food on the floor all day, everyday.


Seal Food in Airtight Containers


Keeping food and drinks out of reach for bugs will discourage them from making your home

their home. Cereals, cookies, baking ingredients, and other items that are not refrigerated

should be kept in airtight plastic containers to prevent contamination from insects and other

pests.

Rinse Used Food Containers


You will want to make sure to rinse jars and food containers before disposing of them and

clearing dirty dishes from the sink after use. Some parents prefer to use paper plates and seal

them in grocery bags when throwing them away to save them time and hassle when their

children are very young.

Take Out the Trash Daily


It’s easy for trash to pile up when you’re busy, but this is a really big problem when it comes to

controlling pests. Trash should be removed on a daily basis if you want to prevent them from

making their way into your house. Pests that are attracted to garbage include flies, yellow

jackets, cockroaches, ants, spiders, and more.

Use a Diaper Genie or Bag Used Diapers


On the topic of garbage, be sure to keep your dirty diapers contained as well. If you’re using

washable diapers, you should rinse diapers and put them in a bleach solution right away.

Disposable diapers should be kept in a sealed Diaper Genie, or tied up in plastic grocery

bags. Bugs are attracted to waste in general, and your baby’s diapers are a perfect target to

draw them in.

Clean Off the Highchair after Every Meal


This may be an obvious one, but your baby’s highchair should be cleaned after each meal.

Leftover crumbs and food can not only attract insects, but can also create unhygienic

conditions for your child. Our tip: invest in a large container of Lysol Dual Action wipes for

your kitchen, and you’ll be good to go!

Sweep & Mop Kitchen Floors


Just like your children, pests need food and nutrition to survive. Crumbs and food particles

dropped on your kitchen floor are an excellent source of that nutrition for invading armies of

insects. Ants and roaches in particular are attracted to the kitchen, so if you keep this area

clean then you won’t be unknowingly feeding and sustaining them!


Seal Up Insect Access Points


You should make certain that windows, ripped screens, or other entry points aren’t making it

easy for bugs to get near your baby. Do this to your baby’s room in particular, as well as other

rooms or doors nearby. You can seal up any cracks or holes you find with caulk, which makes

the best gap­filler for openings less than 1/4­inch wide.

Sign Up for an Insect Inspection


Being prepared is always the best way to make sure bugs don’t make their way into your

home. Signing up for a pest inspection is a great way to make sure bugs haven’t already

invaded, and it is also a good way to catch any insect entry points that you might have

missed.


You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When you have

children, you need to be sure they are protected in your home. Pests can transmit thousands

of diseases and contaminate food, so it’s important to make sure your home is safe and

welcoming for your little bundle of joy!


For more advice on DIY pest control for your home, check out Anti­Pesto’s website today.

They’re always posting articles with expert tips & tricks to help families and parents with safe

& effective pest control! 

Do you have any tips to keep your home pest-free or have any of these tips worked for you?  Please share in the comments, I'd love to hear them!















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