Springtime is fast approaching, bringing with it extra sunshine, longer days, and warmer temperatures. It will also bring the potential for bugs to invade either your backyard or your home. While you will surely stock up on insect repellant to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and other pests, there are a number of preventative measures you can take against bugs.
There are several things that could be bringing in the bugs that you might not have thought about before. Certain smells, for instance, are incredibly appealing to some pests. Here are three of the more surprising odors in your home that could potentially lure bugs this spring.
1. Dirty Laundry
Very few people actually enjoy doing laundry. Some might be in the habit of putting this chore off until it is absolutely necessary to get the washing machine running. If you are among these laundry procrastinators, you might be accidentally attracting bugs like mosquitoes and flies to your home.
These pests are particularly drawn to the smell of sweat. Dirty socks specifically draw bugs as they can contain a certain type of bacteria that lingers when you remove them. Because springtime is the start of the warmer months of the year, these odors will be especially prevalent in your laundry. Use this fact as the motivation you need to stay on top of your dirty laundry this spring.
While it is common knowledge that bees love flowers, there are a few floral scents that are also extremely attractive to mosquitoes. Certain species of this pest are drawn to the smell of roses in particular. If possible, try to avoid having these in your house or garden this spring.
If, on the other hand, you have roses in your garden and would like to keep them, there are a few things you can do to counteract their scent and keep mosquitoes at bay. As much as roses might attract these biting bugs, plants like lavender and citronella repel them. Even if you don’t have any rose bushes near your home, it is a good idea to plant these flowers in your garden so as to keep mosquitoes away.
3. Ripe Fruit
Eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day is an excellent habit to be in. However, the fresh fruit that you leave out on the counter in your kitchen might also serve as a meal for certain bugs this spring. Fruit flies, stink bugs, and ants could all intrude into your home if you allow overripe fruit to be left out in the open.
Try keeping your fresh fruit in the refrigerator instead. Not only will this keep the bugs away, but it will also keep your fruit fresher for longer. If you do choose to leave your fruit out, consume it before it has a chance to become overripe.