8 best ways to bug-proof your house

What you can do to the outside — and inside — of your home to keep ants, roaches, and other little buggers at bay.

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Spring is finally here (Mother Nature willing)! The warm weather is a wonderful opportunity to shake off that cabin fever and head outside. But while you can’t wait to get out, pests are trying to get in.

The Entomological Society of America says there are nearly 10 quintillion insects on Earth. That’s more than a billion bugs per person in the world!  Though they’re not all trying to grab a snack from your kitchen, many emerge from winter hiding once temperatures rise and begin looking for food and water.

How do you keep the buggers at bay? Missy Henriksen, of the National Pest Management Association, advises homeowners to “incorporate pest-proofing as part of their spring cleaning and yard clean up routines.”

Here are eight simple steps how.

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