Pests, like cockroaches and ants, invade homes regularly. If you want to keep these unwelcome guests out of your house, it helps to know why they come inside and where to look for them. These sneaky pests are excellent at hiding, but they often gravitate to the same areas. We’ve made a list of common spots in your home where bugs like to hide.
Bugs in Your Kitchen & Pantry
Your kitchen and pantry provide pests with food and water, which is why bugs love them. They can easily feed on crumbs and spills. Dirty dishes, trash bins, and pet food can attract hungry bugs as well. Pantry pests are known to infest food packages. If there are leaky pipes or dripping faucets, pests will have access to water. You may also spot spiders in your kitchen while they’re hunting for other pests hanging out there. Look for pests in cabinets, under sinks, and behind or under appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and toasters.
How to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Kitchen & Pantry
Minimizing food and moisture will help to keep pests out of your kitchen.
- Clean up crumbs and spills.
- Store pantry items in sealed containers.
- Remove trash regularly.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink.
- Use a plant-based Home Bug Spray to spot treat any bugs you see.
- Use ant bait stations near ant activity and where you’ve noticed ants entering your house. Baits target the ants you see and those in the nest, helping to eliminate an infestation.
Bugs in Your Bathroom & Laundry Room
Bugs can find warmth and moisture in bathrooms and laundry rooms. These spots often have condensation or standing water. In bathrooms, pests hide under toilets and sinks, hoping to find excess moisture. Their go-to hiding spots in laundry rooms include behind washers and dryers. Pests will also gravitate to areas in and around ducts and vents. Piles of wet towels or dirty laundry can attract silverfish, cockroaches, and other pests.
How to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Bathroom and Laundry Room
To keep bugs out of your bathroom and laundry room, you’ll need to reduce moisture.
- Repair leaky pipes and faucets.
- Don’t leave wet towels or dirty clothes on the floor.
- Make sure drains aren’t clogged.
- Use a fan to help minimize moisture build-up.
- Seal cracks and crevices, especially near sinks and toilets.
- Fix broken tiles to avoid water gathering in the cracks.
Bugs in Your Attic & Basement
Many bugs like areas that are dark and secluded, making attics and basements ideal hiding spots. These areas are typically cool and damp, which many pests prefer. There are also plenty of cracks and crevices for pests to hide in. Attics and basements are often used as storage areas, and cardboard boxes and clutter offer hiding spots for pests. Spiders also like to build their webs in attics and basements.
How to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Attic & Basement
Sealing entry points and removing sources of shelter can help to keep your attic and basement free of pests.
- Remove clutter and trash.
- Store items in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes.
- Vacuum and sweep away spider webs and egg sacs.
- Seal cracks or openings where pests could sneak inside.
- Repair any holes on your roof or gaps between shingles.
- Minimize moisture build-up by using a fan or dehumidifier.
- Use a Spider & Insect Dust for longer-lasting protection against spiders and other pests.
Bugs in Your Bedroom
Some pests, like bed bugs and fleas, can make their way to your bedroom. Many bedroom pests are looking for a bloodmeal. Bed bugs often get carried into homes on infested luggage or personal items. Fleas can hitch a ride indoors on pets and people. Other pests, like spiders and cockroaches, can also be found in bedrooms. They tend to gravitate to closets and out-of-the-way spaces where it is dark, quiet, and secluded.
How to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Bedroom
Keeping your bedroom tidy and being on the lookout for hitchhiking pests can help to prevent bugs in your bedroom.
- Remove clutter from your bedroom and closet.
- Wash your bedding regularly and dry on the highest heat setting.
- Check and treat your pets for fleas and ticks.
- When traveling, check for bed bugs in hotel rooms and in your luggage to avoid bringing these pests home with you.
- If dealing with bed bugs, treat your bed, box spring, mattress, bed frame, and headboard with a reliable Bed Bug Killer.
Bugs are sneaky, and they do a great job of finding places to hide. Knowing where these pests are likely to hang out will make it easier to keep them out of your home. Take the time to minimize attractants to prevent an infestation. If pests are bugging you, we’re here to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.