Spring time is known for a lot of fun things. Greenery and blossoms, shorts and tank tops, outdoor activities, spring cleaning and so much more. While you are doing the spring cleaning, there are some preventive measures you can take in keeping pests out of your home. Insects, vermin and other pests have a knack for finding their way into your place. When there are signs of pest infestations it’s hard to ignore you have a problem. Most people associate pests with dirty living conditions, and although that can definitely contribute to the problem, it doesn’t mean you won’t have pests if you have a pristine house. When pests encroach into your abode, they are seeking optimal living conditions, such as food, water, and shelter. Some seek dark, damp areas, where others are looking for warmth and security. No matter the reason, there are a few steps you can take to help deter pest infestations in your home.
Tips and advice to minimize pest infestation this spring.
While commencing with your spring cleaning, you can incorporate these ideas to help keep the pests out!
1. Store Food in Pest Proof Containers. Including any pet food you may have, many common pests are looking for an easy meal. Leaving food out, even crumbs, could be an accidental invitation. It is best to keep all food in sealed containers. Ensuring food is kept secure will help any critters that may have gotten access, a reason to push on.
2. Reduce Water Sources. Most homes that include pets need water available for our little friends. Eliminating the water can prove difficult. However, there are steps and alternatives that can be taken to keep it unavailable to unwanted pests but still easily obtained to our pets. For example, you can look into pet dishes that dispense water a little at time. It’s also a good idea to repair any leaky pipes or faucets. Under sinks and around appliances, leaks can easily surface. Take a sweep through your home while you conduct spring cleaning and take mental notes of any pipes that are in need of attention. And don’t neglect your yard. Naturally, plants and shrubs need to be watered but avoid any standing water. Mosquitoes especially, are drawn to stagnant water.
3. Utilize the Dehumidifier. Basements particularly are susceptible to dampness in warmer months, and there are quite a few pest invaders that find the warm moisture enticing.
4. Reduce Pest Attracting Clutter. Starting on the exterior of your home, review the clusters of materials. Wood piles should be stored further from the home if possible. Any landscape piles need to be properly disposed of such as leaves, sticks, pruned limbs and other unnecessary debris. After you are satisfied with your efforts, move inside. Inside your home, make sure linens, clothes and other fabrics are organized and stored. Remove the stacks of magazines and old papers that are obsolete. A good rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in a year’s time, you do not need it. Drop it off at a donation center, recycling facility or let the garbage men take it away. The more places the little crawlers have to set up a home base, the more pests that could potentially move in.
5. Professional Pest Services. Investing in a professional pest control service can deeply impact the pests that have a tendency to be attracted to your home.
Our experts at Dave’s Pest Control have the skills, training, experience, and professional quality equipment and chemicals to keep pests out of your home. Call us today to set up a routine schedule to control pests.