The Top 4 Pest Control Tips for Spring
Spring is almost here, and with the arrival of warmer weather, pests are starting to make their way into our homes. However, taking proactive measures now can help prevent infestations and ensure a pest-free summer. Here are a few additional tips from the pest control experts at go2-pros that can help you keep pests from taking over your home.
Find and Remove Hives & Nests
Stinging insects, like bees and wasps, like to build their nests in attics, gables, outbuildings and other high, somewhat hard-to-see spaces. Check these areas for signs of a nest starting, and take measures to (carefully) remove it as soon as you find it. Then, consider treatments in these nesting areas that will discourage future development.
Seal Entry Points
As soon as the weather is nice enough and things have had a chance to dry a bit, head outdoors and look for entry points around your home that could allow pests in. Caulking that is cracked and no longer allowing for a proper seal can allow ants to access your home (in addition to making your home less energy efficient). Cracks in the siding or foundation can allow larger pests and rodents in.
Seal any of these problems before pests can find them and make your house their home.
Store Food Well
If you leave crumbs on the ground or have a disorganized pantry, pests feel that it is an open invitation to their own personal buffet. Keeping your food well stored, including placing snacks in sealed, plastic or glass containers instead of cardboard boxes, can help prevent pests by not giving them the food they want. Garbage and other food waste can also tempting, so be sure to put a lid on your kitchen trash. Don’t forget to wipe down counters after meals and meal preparation to avoid leaving a trail for ants, cockroaches, and other pests to find.
Relocate the Firewood
During the winter you need your firewood close at hand, but as the weather warms up, you’ll want to start relocating your wood piles further away from your home. Pests find the firewood pile to be a great place to live and feed, especially those pests that put your home’s integrity at risk! Termites absolutely adore wood piles – as they provide them with food and shelter, but as soon as they get done munching on the cellulose in your wood, they’ll make their way over into your home. Moving the firewood away from the home and off of the ground is important to prevent termite damage. Here are a few more tips to ensure your home is protected against a termite invasion.
Keep Your Yard Tidy
A well-maintained yard can play a significant role in preventing pests from entering your home. Trim trees, shrubs, and bushes that are in close proximity to your house, as overhanging branches can serve as bridges for pests to access your home. Remove any debris, such as fallen leaves, mulch, or woodpiles, as they can provide hiding spots and breeding grounds for pests. By keeping your yard tidy and free from potential pest habitats, you create a less attractive environment for them.
Repair Your Outdoor Plumbing
Water sources attract pests, so it’s important to address any plumbing issues promptly. Inspect your home for leaky pipes, faucets, or clogged drains, as they can create moist environments that pests are drawn to. Repair any leaks and ensure proper drainage to eliminate water sources that may attract pests like cockroaches and silverfish.
Install or Repair Window Screens
Windows are prime entry points for pests, especially when they’re left open for fresh air. Make sure your window screens are intact and free from tears or holes that may allow bugs to enter your home. If you notice any damages, repair or replace the screens as necessary. Installing screens on doors and windows can effectively keep pests out while allowing ventilation.
If you have further questions about what you can do to keep pests at bay, talk to the team at go2-pros. We offer comprehensive home repair services in the Dayton, OH area, including pest control! With our help, you can ensure that your home is pest free!