Spring Cleaning Tips to Prevent Bugs and Pests

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Prevent Pests With These Spring Cleaning Tips

As any South Carolina resident can tell you, the spring and summer months bring with them a significant increase in pest activity. Ants, mosquitoes, and other seasonal pests can go from being a minor nuisance in early spring to a major problem by April or May.

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But did you know that spring cleaning can dramatically reduce your likelihood of ending up with a pest infestation later in the year? It’s true! By tidying up in and around your home early in the year, you’re effectively engaging in preventive pest control. This is a win-win situation: you’ll get a clean home and prevent a major pest infestation down the road.

Of course, spring cleaning can mean different things to different homeowners. That’s why we’ve put together this list of pest-specific spring cleaning tips. By following the tips below, you’ll cut down on the number of pests you encounter during the summer months.

 

Spring Cleaning Tips for Pest Control

 

1. Eliminate Standing Water and Other Sources of Moisture

Most pests prefer moist, humid conditions. Plus, certain bothersome pests -- particularly mosquitoes -- need standing water in order to breed. By reducing standing water and moisture in and around your home, you’ll reduce the likelihood of pests taking up residence in and around your home during the summer months.

Check around the outside of your home for sources of standing water, such as birdbaths, wheelbarrows, clogged gutters, empty flower pots, and buckets. Repair leaky pipes or faucets inside your home, and pay particular attention to areas that can harbor moisture. Consider running a dehumidifier if necessary.

 

2. Invest in Proper Food Storage

Improperly stored food will attract pests into your home -- and once they’re inside, they’ll have easy access to a food source. On the other hand, storing your food properly will make your home much less attractive to pests.

Be sure to keep leftover food stored in sealed containers, whether it’s in your fridge or sitting in your pantry. Don’t forget about pet food, too: a dish of dog food left sitting on the floor can attract ants, roaches, and other pests.

 

3. Seal Up Entry Points

Pests can gain entry into your home through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. To keep pests out, you’ll need to make sure that your home is properly sealed.

Check around the outside of your home for entry points. Look for tiny gaps around windows, doors, pipes, cabling, and air conditioning units, and seal up these areas as needed.

 

4. Tidy Up Your Yard

Yard debris is prime habitat for pests -- and from there, it’s a short trip into your home. Keeping your yard tidy will go a long way towards pest prevention throughout the summer months.

Are there bushes, hedges, or trees growing up against your home? Trim them back so that they’re not in direct contact with your home’s outer walls. Rake up any stray leaves and remove them from your property, and be sure to keep your grass mowed.

 

5. Declutter Your Home

Clutter in garages, basements, attics, and closets will tend to attract pests. The more cluttered these areas are, the more places there are for pests to hide. Some types of clutter such as paper and cardboard can also serve as food sources for certain pests.

Decluttering your home can dramatically reduce your risk of a pest infestation. Check your home’s storage areas for clutter. Be sure that holiday decorations and other items are properly stored in sealed plastic containers, and eliminate clutter wherever possible.

 

Professional Pest Control Services from Home Pest Control

Following the spring cleaning tips above will help to prevent pests in and around your home. If you do find yourself dealing with pests as the weather gets warmer, however, Home Pest Control is here to help.

The best way to control pests is with prevention. By being proactive early in the year, you can keep your home pest free throughout the summer. Learn more about our Home Shield Pest Prevention programs here.

 

Ready to get started with spring cleaning? Click here to download our free Spring Cleaning Checklist!

 

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Written By: Home Pest

March 30, 2020


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