Fight the Bugs

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford

Knoxville (WVLT) - Summer is right around the corner, and with the warm temperatures, those little pests begin to make their way into your home.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford takes a look at some ways you can stop insects from taking over your space.

Sometimes nothing is worse than finding some of those little insects invading your home, but the good news is, there are ways to keep them out, for good.

"You've got ants coming out of your flower beds. You've got some of your beetle larva starting to hatch," says Haskel Rosel from Lowe's.

Spiders, flies, ants, you name it, pest season is here.

"It basically started as soon as your weather broke," says Rosel.

So could you see more bugs around this year compared to last? "The little freeze that we had a couple weeks back, that could help more than hurt, but on a general plain, you're probably going to see about the same type of infestations," Lowe's Department Manager Haskel Rose says more and more people have been coming in recently trying to find ways to get rid of invading insects. "The best thing actually for any type of insect control is knowledge and preventative measures."

Haskel says ants especially, find tiny crevices around the perimeter of your home and quickly make their way inside. "Sometimes caulking around your door seals and stuff like that will help, window sills, door entrances."

If you already notice insects inside, Haskel recommends the traps or sprays, particulary, "Bayer Home Defense or the Ortho Home Defense."

And if you want to go the natural route, you can do it yourself. "You can put the dish with dish detergent in it, and sometimes you can put syrup in the middle," Haskel says. "It's not as effective. It doesn't last as long."

Haskel says store chemicals, such as Ortho and Bayer, can do pretty much the same job as an exterminator, for a much cheaper cost.

And if you have a flower bed, make sure the mulch is treated for insects and not too close to your home.

And don't forget to keep the food and garbage picked up around your kitchen.

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