No matter how well built an apartment building is or the preventative measures that are taken, bugs will find a way in. According to the Smithsonian, there are around 10 quintillion insects alive on any given day. While most of these are harmless for humans, they can become quite annoying and can damage person items. That’s why it’s important to know how best to rid yourself of these pesky visitors. 

Common Insects That Invade Homes & How To Get Rid Of Them 

Here are the bugs you are most likely to see at some point in your home: 

Ants

Ants are well known for invading kitchens and these tiny explorers can wreak havoc on food and wood. It’s important to take steps to rid your home of ants as soon as you see one because once you see just one, many more will follow. 

Steps You Can Take To Rid Your Home Of Ants 

While it is possible to use one of the many chemical ant killers on the market, those chemicals can harm you, your pets, or your children. However, there are natural ways to deter ants from returning to your home, including: ants

  • Vinegar and Water: In a bottle, combine half water and half vinegar. Spray the area where ants have been found. The mixture will help to erase the trail left behind by ants and others will not be able to follow. 
  • Coffee or Cayenne Pepper: If you know where the ants are coming into your home, sprinkle this area, inside and out, with coffee or cayenne pepper. This will also help to disrupt the trail. 

Remember to put any food that is out in airtight containers or in the refrigerator. 

Cockroaches 

Even if a home is well cared for and in perfect condition, cockroaches can still make their way in through pipes. 

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches 

Aside from the traps you can purchase at the store, you can also get rid of cockroaches by:

  • Build an At-Home Trap: Take an old wine bottle, coat the inside with oil, and then put something sweet inside. The cockroaches will go in but be unable to climb back out because of the oil. 
  • Catnip: If you’ve at a kitty at home, take some fresh catnip and place it in areas where you’ve seen the roaches. Roaches hate the smell of catnip!

Bed Bugs

After an outbreak a few years ago, Philadelphia residents have been hyper-aware of the presence of bed bugs and for good reason. These bugs do bite and can leave small itchy bumps. 

Bed Bug Remedies

  • Steam Clean: Anything in your home that can be steam cleaned should be. This kills both bugs and the eggs before they hatch – plus your home will be nice and fresh! If you can’t use steam but can use heat, try warming the area with a hairdryer. 
  • Sprinkle Baking Soda: When bed bugs come into contact with baking soda, the powder dries them up and kills them. Let the baking soda sit for a few hours before vacuuming and be sure to treat areas for several days in a row. 

You can also hire a pest control agent to help you kill bed bugs. 

Silverfish

silverfishThese wriggly little bugs can destroy books, carpet, and other decorations. There are several steps you can take to get rid of silverfish: 

  • Spread Cedar: Silverfish do not like cedar. If you can find cedar shavings or balls, spread them around your home. 
  • Jar Trap: Use double-sided tape on the outside of a jar and then place some bread inside. The silverfish will attempt to climb it and become stuck. 

Remember, many of these insects only visit during certain seasons. It’s important to learn when you might see an influx so that you can prepare your home in advance.