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More Bang For Your Buck: Cheap ways to debug your home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

There are more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world, and some of us have more than our fair share inside our homes. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to stop them.

"These areas right here are ideal for ants to come in," said Craig Duncan, pointing at perfect entryway for the insects to enter a home. "They'll go right in between this crack, and come up behind this wood here."

The moisture and the smell of cat food is luring them in. A $7 tube of clear outdoor silicone caulk will fix it. This also works on windows and weather-facing walls.

"These are the types of cracks and crevices and harborages that ants would move into, because it's protected from other insect predators," Duncan said.

Insects reproduce, move their eggs,and start their colonies in between boards that are right next to your house. Move any stacked wood or yard waste away from your home.

"Any time that you have bushes or trees actually touching the house, it creates a pathway for ants to enter into the house," Duncan said.

Dirty gutters are a haven for satellite colonies. "Eventually, they'll come down into the house looking for food sources," Duncan said.

Clean gutters means no bugs. Look for spider webs. They show you where your insect traffic is.

Bugs supposedly don't like vinegar. A spray solution consisting of three parts water, one part vinegar is a common solution. Store your trash cans away from the house instead of next to the house.

On the inside, entry points include things like the garbage disposal, dishwasher and refrigerator. Even the toilet. $5 sealant foam closes the gap where these critters can get in.

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