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How to Spring Clean to Keep Pests Away

How to Spring Clean to Keep Pests Away

How to Spring Clean to Keep Pests Away

Posted April 30, 2020

Along with flowers, sunlight, and rain showers, spring brings out pests like ants, cockroaches, and spiders as well. Unfortunately, your home is the perfect paradise for those pests to build nests and search for food, water, and shelter. 

Prevent the problems common spring pests can cause by following these spring cleaning tips!

Kitchen

When pests come searching for food or shelter, there’s no room more vulnerable than the kitchen. Cleaning the kitchen early in the spring every year will go a long way to protecting your entire home from creeping invaders.

First, remove spoiled and expired food from the cupboards and pantry, and then wash everything down. Look for evidence of bugs like cockroaches and ants, including ant trails, fecal spots, and food that bugs have raided. Take everything out of the cabinet under the sink and check for water leaks or other damage, especially if you keep soap or cleaning supplies there. 

Kitchen appliances are great places for pests to hide or find fallen food scraps, so don’t forget to clean inside, under, and around all appliances. Pay special attention to the stove, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator for water leaks, damage, and grime. The sink and dishwasher especially can cause problems with water leaks, so repair any damages you find. 

An over-the-counter (OTC) drain cleaner can be used to remove food waste and grime from the kitchen sink and garbage disposal. The waste there could attract flies, ants, cockroaches, and other pest problems if not cleaned regularly.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, water leaks can be a huge concern for both pest management and home repair. Check around the toilet, shower, and tub for any leakages or water damage, and make sure they seal well against the floor. Repair any damage you find to prevent pests from taking advantage of the problem.

Just like the kitchen sink, check the cabinet under all bathroom sinks for leakages, damage, and stains, especially if you keep cleaning supplies and soap. Hair, soap scum, and other grime can build up in the sink, shower, or tub, so clean all surfaces and use a drain cleaner to prevent cockroaches or flies from eating and living in it… which both pests can do. Gross!

Basement

Basements and other storage spaces are like a five-star hotel for spiders and rodents, usually because they’re usually dark and cold year-round. Rodents and spiders thrive in places with clutter, so organize your basement with plastic containers with lids. Using cardboard boxes in storage areas allow rodents to chew through the cardboard or spiders to make nests inside them.

Outdoors

When it comes to pest management, the outside of your home is just as important as the inside. A little spring cleaning on your house, lawn, and landscaping can go a long way to protect your family this spring. 

Gutters are a great spot for pests to establish a nest. Leaves, dirt, and other debris are the ideal conditions for ants, termites, and beetles. From there, they don’t have to go far before they’re in the house and causing even more problems.

Rake the mulch beds to keep them dry and shallow. Deep spots in mulch can cause problems with ants, termites, and many other pests, especially when it’s damp.

Trim the grass two feet away from the home foundation to prevent spiders, fleas, ticks, and other pests from accumulating there. Trim bushes and shrubs at least two feet away from each other and one foot away from the house siding. Tree branches should never hang over the roof and shouldn’t touch the house. 

Seal common pest entry points including the gaps around the utility and A/C pipes, cracks around doors and windows, gaps in the siding, and cracks around the foundation and sill plates.

Clear your window wells of debris to prevent spiders from causing problems there. If possible, consider placing netting over your window wells if spiders become a problem, but make sure the netting can be easily removed in case of an emergency.

When to Call Professional Pest Control

These cleaning tips are great for prevention by making your home less attractive to cockroaches, ants, spiders, and other common spring pests. However, these steps might not be enough to get rid of an established infestation. When you’ve done all you can, it’s time to look for the professionals for help. 

Fox Pest Control’s Pest Pros have all the knowledge and experience necessary to get rid of crawling insects, rodents, and many other home invaders. Customers who sign up for our Home Protection Plan experience our excellent services

Call us today to learn more about our Home Protection Plan, which covers your home from common pests year-round, guaranteed. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

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