Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Tame These Tiny Troublemakers & Stop Swatting This Spring

updated Oct 11, 2022
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Insects get antsy this season, bugging out over the warmer weather, and emerge from their winter hideouts eager for spring. You’re more apt to share space as they move around and seek out new homes for the season. Instead of warily eyeing them (bracing yourself for a sting or bite), stake your claim and prevent creepy crawlies from winning your turf war.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Figure out which pests are a threat, and stop them from hanging around — or worse, infesting — your home.

Know Thy Enemy: Find out which bugs are common in your area, identify the ones you’ve already seen lurking around, and then decide which are worth a fight (sometimes you should just let them be).

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Go on the Offense: Once you know what you are up against, research the best ways to rid yourself of what’s bothering you. Make traps and pesticides that are both safe and effective to use at home.

10 Best Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies → Gnat Gonna Live With It: Getting Rid of Indoor Gnats

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Be a Lousy Host: Create an environment that doesn’t advertise your home to bugs, insects and other pests. Make the areas inside and outside the home as inhospitable as possible by removing all lures and deterring visits. You probably won’t be 100% free of the buggers, but you can certainly cut down on unwelcome guests.

Household Pest Control: 5 Natural Bug Repellents →

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. And hey, if you don’t feel like chasing ants, choose one of our other weekend projects to get done.

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

Looks like @wangangee is also getting ready to design a colorful space:

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Check out the entire 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all the Weekend Project ideas and download our May Home Checklist while you’re there. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!