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Bug Prevention: Three Easy DIY Tips

June 21, 2011 6:27 pm

Each year, uncontrolled bugs—including, beetles, cockroaches, ants, centipedes, sow bugs and box elder bugs—are a relentless annoyance that homeowners across the country fight to keep out of their homes. 

Homeowners are faced with the uncomfortable prospect of these home insect invaders sullying their well-kept abodes, hiding in cracks and corners, searching for food and dragging in dirt and grime. These insects even invade the most private residential areas, including bedrooms and bathrooms.
This year, with the help of Raid Max Bug Barrier and DIY Expert Lou Manfredini, homeowners will be able to take measures to help stop unwanted bugs. Manfredini has teamed up with Raid to give homeowners tools and preventative tips to ensure any home is prepared before unwanted bugs attack. His tips have given homeowners across America the confidence and peace of mind that their families and homes are protected against uncontrolled pests. 

"As a contractor, one of the issues I often came across when tearing down walls was finding a bug infestation," says Manfredini. "Infestations can be easily handled with a few smart home solutions that start to work in minutes and can be long-lasting. It's all about being prepared." 

Prepare, Prevent and Patch to Control Bugs
As a DIY expert, homeowners frequently ask Manfredini how they can get their home to look its best, maintain its value and keep unwanted bugs away. Manfredini shares three key guidelines for approaching home improvement and repelling pests: prepare, prevent and patch. 

Prepare the Wooden Deck
Before the family starts spending more time on the deck, take a close look at wooden planks and the foundation for signs of rotting or splitting. Walk the deck carefully while checking for protruding nails, loose railings and other safety hazards. After making any needed repairs, carefully clean and re-seal the wood. A pressure washer will do a great job getting the deck clean. Then let it dry for at least 48 hours before applying an oil-based deck stain. Also, check for signs of potential bug infestations. 

Prevent Uncontrolled Pests
As the warmer months roll in, so do uncontrolled pests and bugs. Cockroaches, ants, box elder bugs and centipedes prefer to lurk under the kitchen sink or behind walls, potentially causing unseen infestation. Manfredini recommends Raid Max Bug Barrier; the automatic battery operated trigger lays down a continuous stream of formula which starts working within minutes and is long-lasting. Simply spray the entire perimeter of the home indoors and out, paying special attention to gaps in the walls, doors and windows where insects can enter the home. 

Patch the Walkways
Before summer officially begins, check the driveways and walkways. If they're pitted, chipped or cracked, consider repairing them and re-sealing with an asphalt or concrete sealer. Patching these surfaces helps stop ants from nesting near the home. 

"Ultimately, the biggest mistake to home maintenance is not doing it," Manfredini said. "With people spending their money cautiously these days, prevention is key." 

Worst Offenders
• One German cockroach means there could be hundreds or even thousands inside the home. A cockroach can live weeks without eating. If you see one, treat your home immediately.
• American cockroaches are typically outdoor species that enter homes in southern regions of the U.S. looking for food and water.
• Box elder bugs invade in the fall to stay warm and protected for the winter.
• A 2010 Raid Max Bug Barrier survey found that 69 percent of women most worry about ants and 44 percent worry about cockroaches invading their homes.

For more information about Manfredini and Raid Max Bug Barrier, please visit www.KillsBugsDead.com.

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