3 Simple Tips For Spring Cleanup That Will Prevent Pests

Posted on: 25 January 2018

From mowing the lawn and pressure washing the exterior to shampooing interior carpets, the overwhelming nature of maintaining your home is easy to see. These tasks may be considered priorities, but preventing pests from your home should also be important. As the temperatures begin to rise and flowers start to bloom in the spring season, insects will become active, increasing the risk of these unwanted guests in your home. Therefore, prevention is key. Here are a few simple tips to help you prevent pests this spring.

Reduce Moisture

Before spring arrives, you should address any issues that may cause standing water in or around your home. Moisture is appealing to pests, so if you have standing water or high levels of humidity in and around your home, you may have a bug and rodent problem.

Make sure to check for water leaks, under sinks in cabinets, in and around your water heater, and in your crawlspace, basement, and attic.

Clean out gutters to ensure they are effectively moving water off the roof and away from your home's foundation. This will prevent standing water around your home's exterior.

You should also remove planters, pots, toys, and other unused items from around your home. Rain and other sources of moisture can build up in these containers, increasing the risk of pests.

If you have trees or shrubs that are growing too close to your home's exterior, moisture can easily move into the home. Be sure to trim any overgrown flowers, shrubs, and trees to create sufficient space between these plants and your siding and foundation.

Clean Up

You should also focus some energy on cleaning up the interior of your home. Be sure to remove any piles of clutter, which may be interesting to pests. Piles of clothes, magazines, and newspapers are attractive areas for creating nests.

Wipe down all cabinets, drawers, and pantry shelves, as well. This will remove any food particles or residue that may be appealing food sources. Seal up boxes, bags, and containers of food tightly.

Also, spend some time cleaning gutter out of your garage and sheds. Remove clutter from under your deck, as well, before spring.

Treat your Home

Treating the perimeter of your home with a pesticide is also wise before the spring season arrives. Applying this pesticide to the perimeter exterior of your home will create a barrier, preventing pests from entering your home.

Treating the perimeter of your home with a pesticide can be done on your own or by a professional pest control technician. While it may be an expense, it is a worthwhile investment in your home and health.

This spring, be prepared for the possibility of pests. These tips and a professional's help, such as from E & R Exterminating Company, Inc., will ensure your home is free of insects and rodents.