Spring is finally here, and as the weather warms up and we come out of our winter hibernation, so do the pests that often infest our homes. Instead of waiting for ants and other insects to get inside this year, we recommend taking some preventative steps to keep your home pest free. Added on to your list of spring cleaning chores, these quick tips can help to ensure a happy and critter free summer season.
Check Door and Window Seals
One of the easiest ways for pests to make their way indoors is through the tiny gaps and cracks around your doors and windows, which is why it is so important to check and ensure your home is well sealed as the weather grows warmer.
Replace old weather stripping as a part of your spring cleaning routine and use caulk to seal holes, gaps and cracks throughout the foundation of your home.
Eliminate Standing Water
Warm, moist areas and stagnant pools of water create the perfect ecosystem for a variety of insect pests, including cockroaches. To prevent these critters from moving into your home this spring, it is important to fix leaky pipes, clear out your gutters and check for water in your basement.
Also, if you have pets, avoid leaving food and water bowls out in your yard and purchase a stand for the bowls you keep in the home to keep them off the ground where they can be easily accessed by critters.
Clean Up Your Garage, Attic and Pantry
As you are doing your spring cleaning, focus some extra attention on your garage, attic and pantry. Cluttered storage areas are pests’ favorite places to hide, and food crumbs are very enticing to them.
With a well sealed home, clean cupboards and well organized storage areas, spring pests don’t stand a chance.
If you have already noticed pests inside of your home this season, it is likely that they have been hiding there all winter. Get help eliminating the source of your problem with Blue Ridge Termite & Pest Management Group. Servicing Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding areas, we are just a phone call away!