As Spring time approaches, most homeowners start to plan their spring-cleaning. As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, those unwanted pests begin to come out of hibernation. Here are six pest control tips to help keep those stubborn pests as far away as possible.
1. PROPERLY STORE AND DISPOSE OF FOOD/WASTE
Insects need food, water, and shelter to survive. They are attracted to waste, gardens, standing water and pet food. It is important to make sure you store food in closed containers, keep trash bins and bags covered tightly, and properly clean around the house. Also consider placing a fence around your garden; it could be a great way to protect your plants and vegetables.
2. CONTROL STANDING WATER
Most pests love water! Any source of water can attract pests to your home. Without a source of water, most pests will find it difficult to survive. It is important that you repair all plumbing leaks and regularly clean your gutters to ensure water flows properly. Be sure to remove any items around your home that may collect water, such as old tires or rotting wood. Keeping your home well ventilated and dry, especially in isolated sections like the basement or the attic, will help to drive those pests out.
3. SEAL ALL ENTRY POINTS
Openings in your home can make the perfect entrance for those unwanted pests. An easy way to keep pests out is by inspecting your home for these potential entrance points. Use weatherproof caulk to seal any cracks, holes, and gaps around your property, and do not keep windows and doors open for long periods of time. It is also important to pay close attention to areas where utilities enter, such as plumbing and electrical pipes; these may have openings in them that will allow pests to enter through.
4. SPRING CLEANING!
Now that spring is here, it is time to develop some new cleaning habits. Creating a cleaning routine of sweeping, drain cleaning, mopping and garbage disposal is a good way of preventing pests from entering into your home. Make sure you clean up any food spills immediately and do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Insects and bugs love to hide in trash and debris. Clean all clutter from your yard, and don’t forget the areas under porches, decks, and stairs. Conducting a deep cleaning and decluttering, at least twice a year, will significantly decrease the amount of pests that are entering your home.
5. TRIM BUSHES AND TREES
Having a tidy lawn is essential in protecting your home from pests. During the spring- time, bushes and trees begin to grow quickly. It is best to make sure that you keep your bushes and trees at least a foot away from the structure to prevent easy access for pests. When trees and bushes are overgrown near the outside of your home, it can create hot spots for the pests to breed. If the limbs, branches or shrubs are touching your home it creates a pathway into your home for the pests.
6. PARTNER WITH SUPERIOR PEST ELIMINATION
It is important to take immediate action as soon as you notice a pest. Even just one pest can lead to a full-blown infestation of pests in your home. Servicing the five boroughs of New York City and New Jersey since 2004, our team of professionals is Green Shield Certified and will help to protect your home from annoying pest. We will work with you and provide you with the best steps to take during the different seasons of the year to make sure your home is always protected from pests. Call us today for a free estimate.