How to prevent common insects from entering your home this fall

common house spider on the floor of a home

Spiders can be just one of the unwelcome guests you can find in your house over the fall. (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While we may not have resigned ourselves to the depths of winter just yet, it’s probably safe to say that the record-breaking summer’s heat waves are now clearly in the rearview mirror.

With fall soon upon us, it’s probably best to consider what the spooky season will bring us—and I’m not just talking about Halloween parties.

Yes, the transition season between summer and fall brings pumpkin spice lattes, orange leaves and an influx of indoor insects.

Fortunately, there are some ways to discourage creepy crawlies from entering your home.

Why do insects enter your home in the fall?

While summer sees its own assortment of creepy crawlies flourish, the dropping temperatures can see many insects seeking out the warmth of your home.

What insects can you find in your home and how can you stop them?

While several species are common to encounter in the fall, MattressNextDay lists four key varieties you’re most likely to encounter and how to deal with them.

Ladybirds

While you may have been happy to see ladybugs buzzing around your garden over the summer, they may be drawn to the warmer corners of your home to nest in the fall – a less than ideal situation.

Central heating can lead to warmer temperatures disrupting their hibernation. Although generally harmless, ladybugs can cause damage to furniture and upholstery.

What to do with them:

There are several ways to prevent or deal with ladybugs in your home. Bay leaves can work as a natural remedy for as little as 90p.

If you see a ladybug in your home, it’s also important to wash the area with soapy water to prevent the pheromones they emit from attracting more of the insects.

You can also make a ‘light trap’ with a plastic bottle to deal with several smaller attacks without damaging them. Simply cut a plastic bottle in half and place the top half in the bottom to create a funnel.

Adding an LED light inside the bottle will encourage the insects to enter it as ladybugs are attracted to light. Once they are stuck inside, you can release them outdoors without harming them.

Flies

A fly photographed by Paul Fraser.  View story SWSCmacro - by Sarah Ward These amazing macro photos show insects that 'look like Disney characters' because their faces can be seen in so much detail.  Father-of-two Paul Fraser, 37, took up the hobby during lockdown when he started visiting a nature reserve near his home in Stirling.  The environmental consultant was keen to show his children close-ups of insects to arouse interest in nature.  The ultra-detailed images show dragonflies, damson flies and fluffy bees, in minute detail standing about six inches away.  Paul, who says he is motivated by the educational value of his images, said insects are 'overlooked' in the animal kingdom.

Flies can spread diseases as well as bother people in your home. (Image: Paul Fraser / SWNS)

Flies can be found in your home at different times of the year. However, they are certainly not welcome visitors as they can spread disease and lay eggs in decaying organic matter such as food and fungus.

What to do with them:

The simplest way to prevent flies from entering your home is to keep your work surfaces as clean as possible and ensure that all old food is covered or binned immediately. Keeping your dishes clean can also help with this.

Flies can often try to lay their larvae on houseplant soil, so covering them with small stones can be an excellent way to deter them while still being able to water your plants.

Suppose you are looking for a natural way to prevent flies from entering. In that case, cinnamon sticks can be off-putting as they often find the smell overwhelming and occasionally toxic to them.

Spiders

Spiders are among the most common insects in your house during the autumn months – not only are they attracted to the warmth of your home, but they are also looking for mates around this time.

While most species of spiders in the UK are relatively harmless, they are still not pleasant to have around and their webs can be quite nasty if you have guests around.

What to do with them:

Placing conkers on your windowsill may be an old wives tale, but there really is some value in placing conkers in the corners of your home as it can deter spiders from entering.

A fresh mint or eucalyptus solution (created by adding leaves to boiling water and letting them cool) can also help keep spiders from entering.

Top Tip: By adding the mixture to a spray bottle, you can reach those hard-to-reach areas where spiders are likely to be found.

A spider on a window in a web

Spiders are a common sight in your home during the fall. (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Spiders like to hide in dark, damp places, so by taking out the garbage bags and recycling the boxes regularly, you can help deter them from coming near your house.

Moth

Although moths are more common in the warmer months, a nest in your wardrobe can cause a lot of damage to your clothes. Their larvae can hang around for up to two and a half years, which can end up severely limiting your outfit choices!

What to do with them:

Regular vacuuming (especially behind wardrobes and other furniture) can help remove any eggs on your carpet and old food and debris that moths can feed on.

Making sure you only put away washed clothes is also an excellent way to deter any moths in your house from entering your wardrobe, as sweat on clothes stored for a long time can sometimes attract them.

Again, some natural remedies can help repel moths, including dried rosemary, thyme or lavender in small cloth bags, kept near wherever you store your clothes.

Cedarwood or lavender oil mixed with water can also be sprayed around doorways and windows to further deter them from entering.

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