Keep the Spring Pests Out with a Good Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time for renewal, refreshment, and restoration. We spoke last week about the springtime pests that might impede on your spring relaxation.

Here’s how spring pest control can prevent those pests from appearing and killing your buzz.

Clean the Kitchen

It makes sense for the kitchen to be a popular vacation spot for springtime pests, such as ants, flies, and beetles. That’s where the food is. Make sure that you’re cleaning spills, crumbs, and overripe fruits from the countertop.

For your annual spring clean, first remove everything from your cabinets and pantry. Get rid of stale spices and dated items. Put open packages into air tight containers. Next, wipe down the inside of your cabinets and put in new shelf paper. Then, pull your appliances as far from the wall as possible and vacuum behind them. The last thing to do is give the counter and floor a real scrubbing with a sponge soaked in warm water and a bit of dishwashing liquid.

Tidy Up the Toilet

Cockroaches and silverfish are just some of the springtime critters that love moisture and make their homes in bathrooms. Wash your shower curtain and liner, clean out your medicine cabinet, and check under the sink and around the tub and toilet for leaks. Leaks lead to moisture build up on the floor and in the pipes themselves. If there are any leaks, call your plumber.

Better the Basement

Rodents, spiders, and other pests who like dark corners and clutter often feel at home in a basement. Take some time during your spring cleaning to really go through your basement storage and eliminate clutter wherever possible. Store items in plastic bins with secure lids, rather than cardboard boxes. Finally, inspect the space with a magnifying glass and caulk even the tiniest cracks or crevices that pests can use as doorways to your home.

Audit the Outdoors

Do a complete inspection of the outside of your house, noting any damage that might have occurred during the winter. Replace any rotted roof shingles, and unclog the gutters and downspouts. Repair any ripped screens, put in new weather-stripping where needed, and patch-up loose mortar around the windows and foundation.

As far as landscaping, trim back bushes and branches so that pests can’t use them as tightropes into your home. Get rid of any rotted tree stumps and make sure mulch is at least 15 inches away from your foundation. Termites love rotting wood.

If you come across any bees or wasps nests, do not engage. Call the professionals to remove them for you.

If you need help with any of your springtime pest prevention, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!