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How to Bug / Insect Proof Your Room

Updated on May 30, 2013

1. Clean the room

The first step is obvious. You need to clean the area you intend to bug proof. But, not just clean in the normal way, you need to make sure there is not clutter under your bed. You need to eliminate the chance that bugs can hide under anything. So, make sure it is clear under your bed.

Once the whole room is clear of clutter, you will need to vacuum every inch of the room. Yes, this means moving everything in the room, so you can vacuum the whole floor. Luckily, you can move one item at a time, instead of moving everything all at once, which can be a chore.

Now that the whole room is de-cluttered and vacuumed, the big guns come out.

2. Rent a carpet cleaner

This is optional, I suppose. This is only if you have a fiery hatred of bugs. By renting a carpet cleaner like the rug doctor, you will clean the carpet deeply and thus get rid of any morsels that could possible attract bugs.

This is really a side note and not necessary, but may make the whole effort more successful.

3. Prepare to paint the room

Now, I know what you're thinking. Why would painting the room do anything to prevent bugs from invading? It's a fair question. But, there is a certain additive to paint, which can help in our anti-bug cause. It's actually quite simple. It's a bug repellent that can be mixed in with paint before it goes on the wall. It's odorless and colorless, so it won't affect the paint job.

Firstly, buy some paint. I'll leave this one to you because it doesn't really matter what you pick. Pick your favorite color or whatever the current color is in your room.

Second, buy the insect repellent additive. What it will do is kill an insect or bug crawling on the wall. It will take a bit to kill them, but will do so quickly.

Here is the link that will take you to the amazon page for the insect repellent: the link

Now, don't take this as advertising for that particular brand. There are other brands out there, but this is the one I bought because it came in a smaller size, which allowed me to save a bit of money. But, feel free to switch in another brand, if you like.

4. I'm sure you saw this step coming...

This step is: paint. Paint the walls while following the directions as to how to mix the paint and repellent together. The repellent will stay effective for 2-3 years, or so the manufacturer says. Also, I would recommend painting the ceiling, as well, since bugs tend to crawl on there. We can not give them any safe place to stay. We're creating the fortress of solitude against bugs. Well, maybe that's a bit over-dramatic.

5. Altering your living

A general title, I know. But, what I mean is you need to take a few additional steps to maximize your chances of success. This is not a comprehensive list, but a just a few I thought of.

1. Do not leave food in your room for prolonged periods of time. So, you can eat in the room, but after you're done, throw the rest of the food out in the trash on the main level of the house.

2. I recommend not having a trash can in the room. I know, this makes it annoying, since you will have to go elsewhere to throw trash away. But, I think it's worth it, since it will greatly cut down on anything bugs will want to feed on.

3. Maintain the cleanliness. This I struggle with, but it's much easier to maintain a clean room, then to let the room get very dirty and then clean it. I know it sounds easy on paper, but once you get in the habit, it's not that bad.

So, there you have it.

You're well on your way to having a fortress against bugs! You have removed their food source or reason for being in your room, since they can't hide (that successfully) or munch on anything. Also, if they crawl on the wall, which most insects have to do to gain access to your room, they will die. Oh, a side note: the insect repellent in the paint is safe for humans and animals, obviously.

I hope this helps and if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below!


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