We can’t resist sugar, and neither can insects. “Sweet and slightly fermenting substances, like wine and beer, are the most attractive to many insects, like flies, butterflies, ants, beetles and more,” Ricci says. “Species such as wasps and ants will readily go for sweet substances, like sugar and honey.” Again, keeping sweet products under wraps, in well-sealed containers, and thoroughly cleaning up spills will go a long way towards keeping pests at bay.
Cracks and gaps
Bugs are always looking for tiny spots where they can sneak into your home, so gaps in the sealer around windows, missing door sweeps, and cracks in your foundation can be like a welcome mat for unwelcome guests. There’s a simple solution: “Check all your door seals – especially on the bottom of the door – window seals and screens, even your ventilation and air conditioning systems, to make sure there are no openings for pests to get in,” Hartzer says.
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Birds can’t resist it – and neither can bugs. “Moths that feed on grain are a very common type of insect that invades homes,” Smith says. “The Indian Meal Moth’s favourite food is birdseed. A homeowner inadvertently brings them into their home by purchasing a bag of birdseed that is infested, and within a few weeks, a home can become infested with moth larvae and adults. To avoid an infestation, carefully check over a birdseed bag for moth larvae, adults and webbing before buying – and then keep it stored in a tightly sealed plastic container to avoid attracting animals.
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