Spring Pest Control

Spring is just around the corner! To many, this time of year means warm weather, short sleeves, and flowers in bloom. Unfortunately, it also marks the return of some nasty pests. With the seasonal shift, once dormant creatures emerge hungry, homeless, and ready to mate. After a harsh and unforgiving winter, it may be easier for pests to invade.

As you begin your spring cleaning, it’s the perfect time to protect against any potential unwanted visitors.  Here are the top seven tips for putting a stop to your spring pest problem.

Top 7 Tips for Spring Pest Control
Make sure to do some spring cleaning so you don’t encounter any black ants this spring.

7.  Know Your Enemy

Pest management can be difficult if you don’t know what to expect. While some pests are around all year, certain culprits are more active in the spring. Some pests start their mating season during this time of year. Termites begin their swarms and rats start their mating cycles. Additionally, after the winter thaw, there is an abundance of standing water for mosquitos to thrive.

As the weather turns warmer, other pests start to become more active. Ants begin searching for food and spiders emerge.  Typically, an increase in temperature means an increase in travel and the spread of the hitch-hiking pests: bed bugs and ticks. Once you’ve identified your problem, it’s easier to fortify against it.

6. Inspect Your Exterior

Winter weather is harsh; the change in temperature and heavy winter storms can lead to some major repairs for your home’s exterior. The new weaknesses in your property can be exploited by any pests looking for a cozy spot. Pests can sneak into your home through cracks in the stone, chipped window panes, or open slots underneath doors. Roof damage or loose siding can also be entry points for sneaky invaders.  To keep pests out, perform yearly wear-and-tear maintenance.

5. Inspect Your Interior

After inspecting your property’s exterior, the next step is to examine the interior. Spring cleaning is more than just washing your curtains. This is the best time to check over any decorations you brought in from the holidays for any stowaways. Attics and basements are two prime spots, as well as any areas where your home utilities are kept. Damp basements are a draw for insects like silverfish and spiders, while attics are prime spots for nesting animals like rodents. Be thorough; make sure no pest made its way inside.

4.  Maintain Your Yard

As the snow melts and temperatures rise, it’s time to look to your yard. The fall and winter leave potential pest hazards behind debris, dead leaves, melted snow, and mud. Any damp wood or thick overgrowth can house any potential spring pests. Additionally, any stagnant or standing water from puddles or in clogged gutters can be ideal for mosquito breeding. Start maintaining your property now to avoid any potential pest problems in the future.

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3.  Monitor Food & Waste

After the winter thaw, pests are on the lookout for the essentials: food, water, and shelter. A way to keep these creatures out of your home and away from your property, be mindful of how you store their potential food source. Keep your food stored in air-tight containers, including pet food, and all trash receptacles sealed. Clean up dishes and spills quickly, and make sure your outdoor garbage (dumpster or trash can) is closed.

2.  Control Moisture

The transition to spring often means dealing with a lot of moisture: rain, snow, runoff, and overflow. Pests are drawn to water either because they are searching for drinking source, or they thrive in a damp environment.

Leaky pipes blocked gutters, and pooling water can be a draw to many different creatures. While you can’t help how much it rains (or snows) be sure to keep your gutters clean and maintain your plumbing.

1.  Keep Things Clean

There is a reason they call it spring cleaning! It’s the best time of year to clear out any potential dirt and clutter gathered over the winter. Clutter and build-up can lead to serious pest problems. Extra junk means more areas for pests to hide and unkempt homes are perfect opportunities for all manner of rodents and insects. If you want to keep pests out or give them a reason to look elsewhere, keep your home clean and tidy.

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Contacting A Professional

Spring is an ideal time for fortifying your home against a potential pest invasion. Enjoy a pest-free home by following these easy tips. With a fresh start of a season, you can get a jump on home improvements, repair any cracks and crevices, and maintain a tidy yard.

Following these pest control tips is a great way to deter any unwanted house guests; however, even the most vigilant homeowner can face a pest management problem. If you suspect you may have an infestation, contact a professional pest control company for a thorough inspection.

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