Spring Cleaning Checklist

Use our spring cleaning checklist to get your home and yard in order! Not only will you end up with a fresh and clean home, but you’ll take care of some home maintenance tasks that can help prevent bugs and other pests.

Spring cleaning is a great way to get a jumpstart on pest prevention. This room-by-room spring cleaning checklist focuses on the most important tasks that will reduce your risk of a pest infestation. Check off each of the tasks below as you complete them, and you’ll be well on your way to a pest-free summer!

Eliminate pest food sources to keep your home pest-free

 

  • Discard stale and out-of-date pantry staples
  • Wipe down insides of cabinets
  • Install fresh shelf paper
  • Clean behind kitchen appliances, including stove and refrigerator
  • Scrub kitchen counters

Tidy up your bedroom to keep away fleas, bed bugs, and other pests

 

  • Remove everything from closets, vacuum, and replace items neatly
  • Sweep/vacuum underneath bed
  • Clean behind and underneath furniture such as dressers, wardrobes, and chests of drawers
  • Wash windows and dust window sills
  • Dust light fixtures and lamps

Reducing moisture in bathrooms keeps pests at bay

 

  • Empty cabinets, clean inside, and replace items neatly
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust around light fixtures
  • Wash bath mats
  • Scrub sink, shower, and toilet, paying attention to grime built up around fixtures
  • Sweep and mop

Clean your living room to eliminate fleas, spiders, and other insects

 

  • Vacuum sofas and chairs, making sure to remove and clean underneath cushions
  • Vacuum carpet and rugs
  • Clean underneath and behind furniture
  • Dust light fixtures and lamps
  • Sweep and mop wood/tile floors
  • Check corners for cobwebs and dust as needed
  • Wash windows and clean window sills

Keep your laundry room clean to eliminate pest hiding places

 

  • Move washer and dryer, clean underneath and behind them
  • Clean inside of washing machine
  • Clean inside of dryer, paying attention to dryer vent
  • Empty washing machine drain pump
  • Sweep and mop
  • Clean out the insides of cabinets and organize contents

A clean garage will reduce pest activity in and around your home

 

  • Pull everything out of your garage to making cleaning easier
  • Wash the walls, sweep the floor, and mop if needed
  • Take the opportunity to organize and store loose items
  • Dust corners to remove cobwebs
  • Donate or throw away unwanted items

A tidy home exterior will make it harder for pests to gain entry to your home

 

  • Clean gutters
  • Wash driveway
  • Clean exterior siding
  • Wash windows
  • Check for wasp nests and contact a professional for removal
  • Seal any gaps around windows and doors
  • Check for cracks around cables and pipes and seal as needed

Eliminate pest habitat with regular yard maintenance

 

  • Mow grass
  • Trim back trees and shrubs
  • Weed and clear debris from flower beds and planters
  • If using mulch, leave a strip of bare ground between mulch and exterior walls
  • Rake up and dispose of leaves
  • Stack firewood away from your home’s exterior

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