Spring Cleaning for Optimal Pest Control
For many of us, winter keeps up cooped up inside our homes. The same can be said for most insects, so when the weather finally starts to warm up, so do the bugs! They’re ready to get out and about, and that often means finding their way into your home looking for food.
Spring cleaning is great for the sole reason of getting your house in order after a long winter. But it can also help you keep insects at bay! Below are spring cleaning tips for optimal pest control this spring and summer.
Take Care of Leaks and Standing Water
After a rough winter, your roof, windows, and doors may have taken a toll. If you’ve noticed any leaks or cracks, now is the time to take care of them to prevent pests from entering your home.
In addition, the winter often brings freezing temperatures that cause your pipes to burst. If water wasn’t properly taken care of, damp areas are sure to attract all kinds of pests now that the weather is warming up and they’re starting to move around again. Consider a dehumidifier for your basement or any other damp areas of the home.
Newspapers and cardboard boxes, as well as any type of clutter, often attracts pests such as spiders and silverfish. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to rid your home of these great insect hide outs, often in closets, attics, basements, and garages.
Clean Out Your Pantry
Winter’s cold temperatures and dark nights make it easy to neglect household chores and go straight for the warm couch or bed. So after a long winter, spring cleaning is much needed. Places like cabinets and pantries are often a haven for insects like ants because of all the crumbs and semi-open containers.
Consider keeping hard-to-close items like bags of flour, sugar, and even dog food in airtight containers so pests are tempted to take up shop.
Make a Repair To-Do List
As the weather warms up and the snow melts, take a walk around the outside and inside of your home and make a list of repairs you want to accomplish. This could be tattered screens, worn out weatherstripping, cracks near windows and doors, and more. The sooner you can get these repairs done before the insects come out to play, the better chance you have of keeping them out.
Call On the Experts
Suspect you may have a pest problem? Or just want to prevent one before it happens? Contact General Pest Control today to come out and take a look at the issue.