Every season there are certain steps you can take to reduce pest activity at your home or business. The best prevention would be combining these steps, with a recurring maintenance plan for your home. Here are our top tips for preventing pests like ants, spiders, and wasps from your property!
It’s Called SPRING Cleaning for a Reason!
There’s a renewing feeling that comes with the start of spring. Winter passes and for many of us that means our spirits are lifted by the sounds of chirping birds and the smells of fresh flowers from spring rains. Deep cleaning your home in the spring helps your home feel renewed as well. You may also find pest activity that would have gone unnoticed had you not deep cleaned areas that normally are not often used. This Spring Cleaning checklist from Freebie Finding Mom is our favorite resource online for spring cleaning!
Clean Out Your Pantry
A good place to start spring pest prevention is in the pantry, where food is stored. Pests like mice, ants, and pantry moths are attracted to these areas. It’s especially important to keep areas where food is stored clean and free of pest activity. We recommend cleaning out your pantry during the spring.
Spring Pantry Cleaning Checklist
- Remove food products from the pantry
- Wipe down all storage furniture
- Wipe down windows, window sills, doors, and door handles
- De-webb in the corners of the ceiling
- Sweep the floors
- Wipe down baseboards
- Throw out expired food
- Check food for signs of pest activity
- Put food back and enjoy your new clean pantry!
Inspect the Perimeter of Your Home and Seal Off Holes
Every season you should be inspecting the perimeter of your home for any signs of damage or holes that could be potential access points for pests. If you are enrolled in on-going pest maintenance at your home with Spidexx, we do this every season to help prevent pests from breaching the structure of your home or business. Access Points usually happen around utility pipes or from damaged weather stripping. It’s important to inspect your home regularly, so you get ahead of a potential pest infestation.
Trim shrubs and Maintain Gardens
Spring brings fresh blooming leaves on trees, sprouting plants, and lots of rain! It’s important to take advantage of sunny days to trim shrubs and clean up plant areas around your yard. These are prime areas for pests to live and breed. Well maintained foliage and yards will help reduce overall activity levels. It is recommended to prune trees during early spring or winter.
Check Your Roof for Damage from the Winter
Most of us spend less time outside in our yards in the winter, which means we have less chances to notice any damage to our home. Inspect your roof for damage every spring and clear any sticks or leaves off the roof and out of the gutters. Roofs are a costly purchase. Checking your roof regularly will help increase the life of your roof and your gutters.
Store All Items in Sealed Containers and Boxes
It’s important to keep your personal belongings stored in sealed containers. The most affordable option would be plastic storage boxes, which can be found in most big-box stores. The sealed containers will help eliminate pests from nesting and breeding in your belongings. Additionally, the boxes can help prevent moisture issues from flooding. It’s important to protect your belongings from pests like mice, which can destroy them by chewing them.
Check Moisture Levels in the Home Regularly
It’s important to check your moisture levels in your home and eliminate high moisture sites like leaking pipes and standing water around the home or yard. You can get a thermometer with a humidity reader online for less than $15, and this will help keep you at an optimal level. Fix any areas of moisture immediately to help prevent water loving pests like spiders, mosquitoes, and silverfish from coming inside.
Choose ProActive Pest for Your Homes Pest Management
When looking for recurring pest management for your home, choose the #1 choice for the western Chicago suburbs, ProActive Pest Management. We specialize in preventing common house pests year round, as well as exterminating specialty pests like cockroaches, bed bugs, and fleas.
Give us a call at (630) 451-8101 to schedule your spring treatment today!