What Are Some Good Spring Pest Prevention Tips?
The most common pests you’ll see during the spring include cockroaches, silverfish, mice, rats, and ants. To keep these pests from getting into your home, you should check for any leaks around your pipes, windows, and doors. You should keep the clutter in your home to a minimum and avoid using cardboard boxes for storage. And you should make sure that your home is spic-and-span clean.
While these tips are good prevention tips, the best tip is to have a pest control specialist check your home through maintenance prevention checkups where they can help stop any infestations and prevent them from reoccurring.
Ah, Spring! How we look forward to the day that the flowers start blooming again, the trees have leaves again, the sun stays out a little longer, the weather is a little warmer. But, that also means that the pests that weren’t so abundant are bound to return…
Since you have time, why not take the time to prevent pests from becoming a problem when the season changes? Here are three of the top pest control tips to prepare for the springtime and keep your house “spring cleaned”.
Check The Plumbing And Seals
Cockroaches, silverfish, and other creepy-crawlies love the darkness and moisture. Make sure to seal the pipes in the bathroom and kitchen (no drips, no cracks). Check the drains and, in general, make sure everything is ship-shape. If you have stagnant water, such as in gutters or birdbaths, remove it before the stagnant water becomes a mosquito breeding ground.
Inspect your window seals, door seals, and the state of your roof and overhangs too. These can quickly become damaged during the winter months. Make sure they are in good condition and that any potential entry points for critters are completely covered up.
Cut The Junk
Rodents and spiders thrive in cluttered areas, so if you have a lot of junk in your attic, basement, or spare room, it’s time for that big spring cleaning that you probably dread. Look through everything that’s been in storage and check for damage and/or infestation. Throw out anything that you don’t want or need (or sell it in a garage sale). NEVER store items on the floor.
One of the most important tips is to avoid cardboard boxes for storage. They’re tempting because they’re cheap and easy, but they’re also delicious treats for mice! To prevent rodents from nibbling through your boxes and getting to your valuables, use plastic storage tubs instead.
Along with all the other critters, the real springtime nightmare is ants. Once they find their way into your kitchen, it can seem impossible to get rid of them. Keep them from getting in your home by doing a yearly deep cleaning. Clean and dust in the cracks and openings that get missed in regular cleaning. Look behind the fridge, under the counters, or anywhere that food debris might have landed without you noticing. Empty your cupboards, check for dated food and give the insides a good clean too. Make sure to vacuum all your flooring and use a carpet cleaner, especially in those hard-to-reach areas.
The Best Prevention Tip: Call A Pest Control Specialist
Springtime is something we all look forward too, so don’t let unwanted pests ruin it for you. With the tips we’ve provided, you should be well on your way to a pest-free home. And while you can get a good headstart on keeping your unwanted pests at bay, we can keep them out all year long.
If you have questions about pest control, or you want help getting pests out of your home, call us and let us help you eradicate those pests forever.