Help Keep Bugs Away With These Spring Cleaning Tips


Help Keep Bugs Away with These Spring Cleaning Tips

The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the weather is warming up. Put those ingredients together and it means that spring is approaching! For many people, this season is synonymous with spring cleaning in and around the house.
If you’re ready to tackle your spring cleaning list, try incorporating these smart and easy tips for helping keep bugs out of your home.
Help Keep Bugs Away With These Spring Cleaning Tips

Plant an herb garden.

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be limited to indoors. You can take it outside by cleaning and freshening up your garden as well. If you’ve always wanted to have a herb garden of your own, now’s the time to plant one! Not only are some herbs aromatic (and delicious!), but some may also be a good tool for helping repel insects.

Check for standing water.

It’s also helpful to do a quick walk around your home to make sure there isn’t any standing water on the property. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so it’s best to drain these areas to help keep mosquitoes away from your home.

Deep clean appliances.

In the kitchen, make sure you pay attention to your appliances. Crumbs and dirt can collect behind, under and inside appliances like ovens and toasters, which can attract different bugs. Be sure to keep these areas clean and tidy to help make them less attractive to pests.

Don’t miss the details in your morning routine.

Do you tend to rush out of the house in the morning and leave the remnants of your breakfast sitting in the sink or on the table? It only takes a few seconds to rinse off dirty dishes to help prevent gnats and other bugs from congregating around your sink. Also, consider keeping fruit off your counter and in the pantry or fridge, as it can attract fruit flies.
Extra tip: Overwatering your plants can also provide a perfect place for small flies to develop.

Declutter your basement and attic.

Infrequently used rooms like basements and attics can be breeding grounds for unwanted pests. Insects tend to like dark, undisturbed spaces, so make sure all corners are cleaned and unnecessary items are removed. If you choose to store boxes or furniture in those areas, make sure they are completely sealed so no unwanted guests find their way in.
By taking these additional spring cleaning steps, you can help prevent pesky pest infestations in and around your home. If you do find yourself overwhelmed by insects this spring, contact Terminix. Our friendly technicians are here to help.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

I can’t even think about bed bugs. If I do, I get the heebie geebies. Thanks for the info!

Kelly Hutchinson

I dread the warm weather because it brings back the ants we hate. We tend to be OCD about leaving food out.

Kendall Rayburn

You’re reminding me that I need to plat a herb garden! I really want to do one with the kids this year and knowing it can help with bugs is such a bonus!


These are great tips. In my old house we had standing water and it was amazing how many mosquitoes it attracted! Keeping bugs away is so important!

Claudia Krusch

I hate all the bugs the warm weather brings. I always make sure we do not have any standing water around the house.

Aduke @ Aduke Schulist

I always wonder what kind of bugs are lurking in my attic, but I’m not curious enough to look at see. We have a pest control company that sprays the house and attic.

Jasmine Eclipse

I can’t wait to start my garden! We just moved into our house and have a big backyard with plenty of space for planting, so I’m looking forward to that!


I hate bugs and I just can’t imagine what kids of bugs are lurking in my home. These are great tips.


Keeping bugs away is a big part of my Spring cleaning routine. Thank you for sharing these tips.


Good tips for bugs! I have my herb garden, but it seems like I’ve got a lot of bugs in it! Time to look into the plants that deter them~

Jennifer Van Huss

There are several of those on the list that I really need to tackle this spring!! Thanks for the tips!!


We’re getting ready to deal with our seasonal bug issue also. Standing water around the house is a big issue most don’t think of.


These are all great spring cleaning tips! I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year again!!


I need to clean under the appliances. We have only lived here for a few months but who knows what is under them or if the previous tenants cleaned it.
Standing water seems to be an issue too. But we rent so I doubt it will be fixed. If it was up to me, I would dig a small trench so that it would drain or add a french drain.

Yolanda Williams

Thank heavens I haven’t had bed bugs but from what I heard they are the worse to get rid of. So I know this post will be a blessing to many.

Shannon Gurnee

These definitely sound like some great Spring Cleaning Tips that can keep the bugs away. I’ve heard that certain herbs and spices help do that.

Oyinkan Ogunleye

I didn’t know planting an herb garden keeps bugs away. Great to know!


I love using herbs when I cook and I’ve been wanting to plant an herb garden. I hope I’ll finally be able to do it this year. Thanks for the tips!

Mimi Green

One of the things I’m looking forward to the most this spring is a garden. My daughter (5) planted tomatoes, green peppers and strawberries last year but she got off to a late start. We will be ready this year.

Mimi Green

One of the things I’m looking forward to the most this spring is a garden. My daughter (5) planted tomatoes, green peppers, and strawberries last year but she got off to a late start. We will be ready this year.

Terri Beavers

I can’t stand bugs and hope I never have to deal with them. I use a monthly exterminating service to keep the little buggas away. I’ll use your tips as well. I’ve always wanted to start an herb garden.

Marielle Altenor

We have spiders! I’m so scared of them lol We need to dust often to keep cobweb away.