When warmer days outweigh the cold ones, it’s pretty easy to get spring fever. Not only do people start spending more time outside, but pests are going to start waking up as well. It is important that you take this time to prepare your home for the busy pest season that is ahead of you. While you are tackling your spring cleaning list, there are a few tasks you should add to ensure that pests don’t take over your home this spring. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to share some spring cleaning tips.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Water is the number one thing that will attract pests to your house. Pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes and silverfish are attracted to water for their survival. It is important to fix any leaking pipes as soon as you find them to avoid standing water inside your home. If there is debris in your yard that is collecting water, remove them before you have a mosquito infestation on your hands.
Clean Out Food Storage
While you are cleaning out your basement or pantry, this is the perfect time to get rid of any food that looks like it may have been compromised by pests. You should also ensure that you are storing your food properly. Opt for plastic containers as these are much more difficult for pests to infiltrate and ruin. Also, make sure your pet’s food is stored properly as this can attract unwanted pests as well.
Time to Clean Closets
As you are cleaning and organizing your closets, this is a great time to look for any sign that there are pests in there as well. Look for webs spun by spiders, holes in your clothes and any sign of egg sacs around your closet. This is a common place for bed bugs, beetles and moths. To protect your clothing, consider storing as many articles in plastic storage containers as possible.
Eliminate Clutter that Attracts Bugs
Many people are looking for clutter that they can get rid of as they tackle their spring cleaning lists. The more clutter you have around your house, the higher chance you have a pest problem. Don’t just tackle the clutter in your house either. The garage is a common place for clutter as well as pests as well. By eliminating as much clutter as possible, you have a better chance at living pest free.
Seal Cracks & Holes to Keep Pests Away
This is a good time to give your home a thorough inspection in search of any cracks or holes that a pest could squeeze through and gain entrance into your home through. It doesn’t take much, if you see any small cracks around windows or doors, they need to be sealed to avoid pest infestation. Pay close attention to your foundation as well for any cracking.