Can you sense it? There’s a hint of spring in the air and many of us are daydreaming about opening the windows, airing out our homes and embarking on the yearly ritual of spring cleaning. But, this year when you tackle the cleaning endeavor, you should be thinking about more than just windows and baseboards. Spring is also the perfect time to be thinking about pest control.
A shift in seasons and the welcoming of warmer weather poses its unique pest control issues. Pests that have been quiet all winter long will begin to resurface, and you don’t want them to see your unprepared home as a big welcome sign. Pest control should be part of spring cleaning because now’s the time to tackle the issue before it becomes a real problem.
Here are a few ways to include pest control in this year’s spring cleaning routine.
Steps to a Pest Free Kitchen
There’s no shortage of goodies for pests like ants and other spring bugs in the typical kitchen. From the crumbs underneath the toaster to that sticky spill you didn’t even know about, there’s plenty to attract little pests.
- Start with the pantry. Go through and discard everything that is old and expired, especially boxes of cereal, baking mixes, flour and spices. Ants, meal moths and beetles love these items. Replace them and consider storing them in airtight containers to prevent infestation.
- Next, scrub the shelves. Over the course of a year, small spills and drips can cause a big problem. Syrups, sugar and other sticky substances are a gold mine for pests.
- Unplug and pull out all appliances, including the big ones like the refrigerator and stove. Clean under, around and inside each one. Pests will view even just a couple crumbs as an open invite.
Address Dampness and Mildew
Spots like your bathroom, laundry room and basement are breeding areas for pest that love damp, dark spaces. Take a few extra steps in your spring cleaning routine to make these areas less inviting.
- Replace shower curtain liners and check draperies in bathroom widows for signs of mold and condensation damage. This is also a good time to caulk around windows and bathtub drains.
- When scrubbing the floors, pay extra attention to areas around the bathtub, cabinetry and appliances.
- Check plumbing for leaks that can cause excess moisture.
Tackle Closets and Bedrooms
While you’re cleaning out those closets, look for signs that pests like mice or moths have taken up home in your spaces.
- Take all clothing that has been stored and examine every piece for signs of pest damage.
- Choose sealed plastic bins over cardboard boxes to store clothing, blankets and other items.
- Remove everything from the closet floor to look for sign so mice and other pests.
Preventative Pest Control
Finally, consider a professional pest control service as a valuable addition to your spring cleaning checklist. Not only will a pest control service eliminate any issues with pests you currently have, they can help you assess the risk for future issues and take preventative measures to keep your home pest free. We’re happy to help you with all of this. Contact Action Pest Exterminating to learn more about our packages.