If you need help keeping your home free of bugs, you need to check this out.

Eastern box elder bug (Boisea trivittata) in springtime.

Montana is home to many different types of insects. Flies, spiders, grasshoppers, and moths are a few of the most common. Personally, I'm creeped out by most bugs. I don't mind when they're outside, but they're as good as dead if they manage to make it inside my house.

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With winter right around the corner, insects are more likely to try to get inside where it's warm. One of the most annoying types of insects is flies. During the summer and fall in Montana, flies are everywhere.

House Fly
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For a long time, I used a fly swatter or a rolled-up newspaper or magazine to take care of bugs around the house. My coworker has an electric fly swatter that he claims is the best way to rid your home of annoying insects.

A few weeks ago, I stopped into a local sporting goods store to stock up on gear for hunting season. While in the store, I spotted something called a Bug-A-Salt gun. Essentially, it's a gun that shoots a small ball of salt that's intended to take down flies.

Bug-A-Salt Gun
Jesse James

Since I purchased my Bug-A-Salt gun, I've been having a lot of fun. I literally go on patrols around my house on the lookout for flies and other insects. I never thought killing bugs in my house could be so satisfying.

Mosquito on human hand.
Jonathan Austin Daniels

The only downside is that the Bug-A-Salt guns are somewhat expensive. They average around $45. If you don't feel like making that investment, there are a lot of different ways to get rid of flies and other bugs in and around your home. A good old-fashioned fly swatter is a solid choice. If you want to go all out, get an electric one. Many stores also sell fly traps and other methods to rid your home of flies.

Whatever the case, it's nice to have a little fun while keeping your home pest-free.

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