Spring Cleaning: Keep Pests Out Of Your Home With These Tips
Although pests can enter your home at any point during the year, spring can be a particularly vulnerable time for homeowners. Many pests like ants, cockroaches, and termites breed during this season, therefore making their presence in your home more likely. Once pests get inside, its only a matter of time before you’ve got a full-fledged infestation on your hands. And once that happens, controlling it can be tricky. You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With these preventative tips, you can proactively keep pests out of your home this spring and summer!
1. Store Food in Sealed Containers
Let’s be real -- we are all guilty of doing this at some point throughout the week. Although leaving food on counters or table tops is pretty common, it’s something that we really shouldn’t do. Doing this leaves an open invitation for pests like ants or cockroaches to enter your home and feed on an open buffet. These bugs can carry diseases that are harmful to humans, so having them in your kitchen is not ideal. Be sure to store food in sealed containers during your spring cleaning. This includes baking products, snacks, and cereals that are typically tucked away in your cabinets!
2. Thoroughly Clean Up Spills
Leaving messes like spilled liquids and crumbs on or in your counters can also encourage ants and cockroaches to inhabit your home. During your spring cleaning regime, be on the lookout for any dirty areas of your kitchen that you may have missed previously!
3. Replace Cardboard Storage Boxes
You may not know this, but pests such as termites, rodents, and squirrels all love cardboard. Termites will eat through the cardboard and then make their way to your home if they can, while rodents will nest and breed in these containers. Consider replacing your cardboard storage containers (for Christmas decorations especially!), and instead use plastic storage bins to keep these kind of pests out of your home the rest of the year.
4. Seal Any Openings In Your Foundation
Sealing up any openings in your home can go a long way towards preventing pests of all kinds from entering your home. During your spring cleaning, be sure to check out the condition of your home’s foundation and keep an eye out for any holes or cracks. If you see any, fill these in with expandable spray foam or caulk to prevent bugs from entering.
5. Check Your Window Screens
Warm weather may mean you’re opening your windows more frequently, but it also may mean you’re letting bugs in. Before doing so, check to make sure your window screens are still in good shape. Even the smallest of tears or holes can be accessible to some insects! The last thing you want to find is bees or even wasps that have made their way in through your broken screens.
5. Get Rid of Standing Water
What’s the worst part of spring and summer? Let’s all say it together: mosquitoes! These annoying insects breed in standing water, so when summer rolls around, be sure to eliminate any areas in your yard that are wet. This includes kiddy pools, animal bowls, or pots that may have rain leftover. Termites also love water, so eliminating puddles and wet areas in your yard helps protect against both pests!
6. Check Your Bathroom For Wet Areas
Water attracts more than just mosquitoes and termites. Pests like silverfish and cockroaches also want to be near a source of moisture. As part of your spring cleaning, check the pipes in your bathrooms to make sure there are no drips or leaks!
Taking these precautionary measures can go a long way towards preventing pests of all kinds from entering your home. Sometimes, however, these measures don’t always work, and you still get infestations that are hard to control. Here at Paul’s Termite and Pest Control, we know just what to do to get bugs out and to keep them out for good. Our pest control in Lakeside has over 40 years of experience backing it, so you know that when you call Paul’s, you’re getting the expertise your home deserves.
Explore our pest control options in Lakeside to see what we can do for your home this spring!