Winter days are over and now we’re moving on to spring where things start to rejuvenate and become vibrant once more. We can see the sun shining brighter in the sky, beautiful flowers in various hues begin to bloom, and birds singing on the branches of trees, while people get themselves ready for the much-awaited spring break.
While pest activities appear rather weak during the colder months, the spring season revives this dormancy and provides pests a chance to regain their strength to wreak havoc in and around your home. The most common pests we encounter in spring are ants, bees, bed bugs, wasps, beetles, mites, spiders, termites, and many more.
It is this time of the year that homeowners have to strongly reinforce pest control measures in the household and combat pest infestations. Most of the creepy crawlies and pesky critters in spring are stubborn and difficult to deal with. Even after applying insecticide sprays and other preventive measures, pests can still come back to re-infest your property, and worse, come out even stronger.
What to Do to Enjoy Springtime Without Worrying About Pests
Pest control professionals emphasize the need for homeowners to learn effective methods to keep their home environment properly protected from the invasion of pesky pests. While pest control experts offer various pest control services, homeowners should also be well-informed about the tasks or chores they must perform to make their household less attractive to bugs, insects, and other nasties this springtime. Here are 10 tips to keep pests away from your home:
1. Conduct an inspection
The very first step one must take before using any pest control method to solve the problem is to have your property thoroughly examined. While you can perform an inspection yourself being the homeowner, calling in the experts is still the wise thing to do if you want a more calculated, meticulous, and advanced approach to examining your home or property. Pest control professionals will make sure that the exterior parts of your home, including cracks and holes in the house’s foundation and structure like windows, are well scrutinized and the signs and sources of pest problems are clearly identified so you will have a basis on how you start implementing solutions.
2. Seal openings or entry points
After identifying all the cracks or openings that pests can use to gain entry to your home, you can straightway apply a sealant that can block access points so pests like ants, roaches, rodents, and a spider will have no opportunity to enter your home and cause trouble.
3. Keep your kitchen clean and unattractive to pests
Meanwhile, maintaining a clean and organized kitchen is one effective way of keeping pests out of one’s home. Pests like ants and rodents have a highly sensitive sense of smell and can perceive food aroma even from far far away. If you don’t want to see these pests marching to your home and getting to your food, you must clean after food crumbs, food spills, and other food debris on food counters and kitchen floors. This also entails cleaning kitchen drawers and cabinets where ingredients are stored and even areas under and behind the fridge as well as below kitchen sinks. When scrubbing down kitchen floors, you may use the sponge and apply dishwashing soap mixed with warm water.
4. Maintain your garden
Your foliage in the garden needs regular trimming so they do not touch the walls or structure of your home giving pests the perfect highway or bridge to gain entry to your home’s interior via opened windows and other openings. The ideal way is to grow trees and plants several feet away from your home. So maintain your garden well by pruning overgrown vegetation such as shrubs, trees, and bushes.
5. Check your plumbing for possible leaks and excess moisture.
The health of your plumbing is associated with pest infestation. Remember that pests like cockroaches, mosquitos, and silverfish prefer dwelling in areas where moisture is abundant. As the homeowner, always make it a part of your regular routine to keep your plumbing in check especially your bathroom sink, tub, toilet, and showers. Eliminate excess moisture in and around these areas to prevent mold formation as molds can be breeding grounds for pests, too.
6. Clean your garbage cans.
Certain disgusting pests are drawn to dirt or grime. That is why overflowing and smelly trash attracts their attention. To keep pests away from your home, you need to empty your trash cans on a daily basis and not wait for it to overflow and linger for more than 24 hours so as not to invite the influx of disease carrying critters like cockroaches, rats, ants, and flies.
7. Remove clutter
Another factor that makes a household look inviting to pests is clutter. Clutter does not only compromise the spaces inside your house. It also gives pests like mites, spiders, and bed bugs extra hiding spots and breeding areas. Thus, clutter such as unused or empty boxes, old books, magazines, and newspapers, broken toys, unused appliances, and old clothes must be taken away–either you put them on garage sale, give away free-of-charge, or throw them away for good.
8. Inspect luggage before unpacking
Certain pests are the best in terms of hitchhiking and so they infiltrate your home by tagging along or hitchhiking on our belongings like clothes, suitcases, furniture, and other items we brought home from outside. To be safe from bed bugs, for instance, you need to make it a habit to inspect your suitcases after returning home from a trip. It is advised not to let your suitcases and other stuff you have brought with you from the trip inside the house unless you have left them in the garage or utility area for a couple of days. You can perform steam cleaning and vacuum cleaning on your luggage and clothes. You should also wash your clothes, including the unused ones, using hot water and place them in the dryer for several minutes under high heat. Freezing other items also effectively kills bed bugs.
9. Vacuum regularly
Vacuum cleaning is an important house chore that helps suck out not just dirt and dust but also tiny critters like bugs and mites that are hiding in the nooks and crannies of the house. After cleaning, you just have to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately. First, place the vacuum bag inside a plastic trash bag and throw it out into an outdoor trash bin with a tight cover. Make sure the trash bin is situated well away from your home to lessen the chances of the bugs finding their way back to your home.
10. Consult a professional
Like any dedicated homeowner should, you must talk to a pest control professional if you suspect a pest activity in your home. Consulting with the right people will help you have proper guidance on how you go about dealing with pests this spring. Pest control professionals can present you with an appropriate plan on figuring out and solving your pest problem.
Spring Cleaning Time!
Spring break is something to be enjoyed. If you want to savor every minute you spend with your friends and loved ones this spring time without being troubled by those pesky pests, you better practice those 10 tips at home and be part of the so-called “renewal” the spring season brings.