Prevent Spring Pests With Simple Solutions

Spring is a time of rebirth as we wake up from hibernation after long, dreary winters and cold weather. Days get longer, temperatures increase, colorful flowers bloom, and moods improve. Pests also come alive to enjoy these and other signs of spring.

A few of the most common spring pests of concern include:

  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • House flies
  • Rodents
  • Carpenter ants
  • Fire ants
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Bees and Wasps

While pest infestations in the home during the spring may seem counterintuitive with the perks of the joyous season, it’s very much a concern that you should take seriously. Neglecting pest control during the spring may very well lead to serious bug infestations now and during the cold winter months.

Pests enjoy the great outdoors when the weather is fitting, but also search for shelter, food, and comfort indoors. Any of the aforementioned pests may find your home appealing and decide to move in without signing a lease!

Prepare your home in anticipation of spring bugs now to maintain a pest-free, safe, and healthy place for yourself and your loved ones. Keeping pests out of your home is much easier than treating the problems after they occur. Plus, maintaining a pest-free home is easier than you likely think.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is customary in American homes. When the weather is delightful, we’re inspired to clean our homes to make the essence of the season. Spring cleaning involves dusting, mopping, and cleaning areas of the home you do not regularly clean.

Cleaning out closets, decluttering, and yard work usually is part of spring cleaning tasks.

Each task involved in spring cleaning improves the environment inside the home, but also creates a space that is less inviting to pests that could otherwise infest your home. Pests lose interest when homes do not provide them with clutter and easy access to hiding spots.

Reduce the risk of a pest infestation with the following spring cleaning tips:

  • Remove old newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and wood from your home. Pests like termites, mice, and cockroaches hide inside these items.
  • Toss out items you haven’t used in 6+ months, including clothing, kids’ toys, kitchen appliances, and other items.
  • Keep food sources tightly sealed and properly stored in the kitchen and pantry.

Keep the House Clean

Spring cleaning definitely removes clutter, dirt, odors, and other impurities that attract pests into the home. So, whilst it improves the interior environment at your home, one-time cleaning isn’t enough. To keep pests out of your home during the spring -and all year long- you must regularly clean the home.

No matter how busy life gets, never forego the task of housecleaning. Clutter, dirt, food particles, and trash accumulate quickly to the happiness of pests.

Complete the following cleaning chores regularly if you want to keep pests out of your home:

  • Take the trash out of kitchen bins at least twice weekly.
  • Clean trash bins inside the house weekly to remove any sticky substances or food particles left in the can.
  • Wipe down countertops, appliances, and tables after each use.
  • Sweep floors each day and vacuum as needed, at least weekly.

Make Necessary Home Repairs

Pests are sneaky little critters who spot and use even the smallest cracks and crevices to enter your home. These cracks and holes are found throughout the home, including around window seals and door jams, baseboards, pipes, and several other inconspicuous places.

Seal up cracks and crevices to reduce pest entry points -and keep bugs outside where they belong.

A little caulk usually remedies cracks and crevices found in the home. It’s inexpensive and most homeowners consider it a DIY job. However, professionals can always provide additional sealing options or handle the caulking for you. Professionals also have the necessary skills and tools to repair any other problems found during the inspection.

Pest Control

Regular professional pest control at your home keeps cockroaches, ants, spiders, rodents, and other bugs out of the home. Several different pest control options help protect both the interior and exterior spaces of the home regardless of the type of bugs you want to keep out of the house.

Professional pest control services also remedy current infestations.

Whilst DIY pest control options exist, they generally prove ineffective and certainly provide less efficient results than professional service. Chances are, you’ll spend more money preventing or treating pests with DIY products than professionals charge. Why waste time and money while dealing with the headaches pests create?

Final Tips

We hope the tips above help keep pests out of your home this spring. There is too much going on in the spring to waste time fighting pests. A few final tips to use to keep bugs away from your home:

  • Minimize the number of houseplants in the home, and carefully consider the type of plants you add.
  • Check for leaks in faucets and pipes and repair them immediately. Many pests, including cockroaches and mosquitoes, are attracted to dampness. Leaks invite them into your house.
  • Replace your standard light bulbs with halogen light bulbs, especially outdoors.

Take advantage of our free customized quote and schedule pest services with our bug pros today if you want to maintain a pest-free home this spring.