We’re almost there, the humidity and heat is coming! Now is the time to do a check up around your property to help reduce the attraction for pests coming into your home. Every Spring, ants, bees, spiders, rats, mice, roaches, termites, and other pests re-appear, and they’re eager to make up for lost time. Take a couple minutes to complete these pest-proofing chores.
Look for Leaks
Plumbing appliances like outdoor and indoor faucets, shower-heads, and pipes often spring leaks over the winter. Stagnant or standing water attracts all kinds of pests including mosquitos and termites. Check for leaks in all the likely places: exposed pipes in your crawl space under your house, the P-trap under the sink, the sealing around faucets, and other areas. Fix any leaks you can or make sure to call a plumber if needed. While you’re checking for leaks, look for moisture condensation or pooling too, around the exterior of your property and in attics. Pests love a source of water as breeding or hatching grounds. Keeping your home dry is one of the easiest, best ways to keep pests out.
Re-seal Windows and Doors
Weather-stripping can wear down. Winds and rain wear away at sealants, creating tears, holes, and other vulnerabilities over time. Gaps like these are the easiest way for pests to sneak into your home such as roaches, flies, ants and even rats and mice. Give your windows and doors a look. Run your hand along the perimeter, feeling for anywhere where the sealant is worn away or feels movable. If necessary, replace weather-stripping or re-seal with caulk. Not only will this keep pests out, it’ll help you save money on cooling costs going forward.
Organize Your Kitchen Pantry
Food is one of the most important and often overlooked items on your spring cleaning checklist. Pantries, refrigerators, and freezers tend to get cluttered and messy over time. Go through the areas of your kitchen where you store your food and clean them out thoroughly. Scrub wooden and plastic shelving, vacuum up crumbs, and throw out old food. Be on the look out for pest droppings and inspect food containers. If you see something unusual in your food packaging, it most likely is pest related. For example rats, mice and roaches leave behind droppings and can also rip or make holes in food contains, such as bread bags, cereal boxes, etc…
Clean up Your Yard
Get rid of debris or un-used items in your yard. Eliminate standing water around your property. Look for items that can hold standing water such as birdbaths and in clogged gutters. This can lead to mosquito breeding. It’s also best to trim back hedges or bushes that may be over grown. It’s best to never have any type of vegetation touching your home. Pests can find a home and hide in children’s yard toys, or old scraps of wood and debris. Seal cracks and small openings along the house’s foundation, as well as entry points for utilities and pipes to keep rats and mice out. Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation (stones are a great alternative), this will help reduce moisture and soil from resting on your foundation which can attract termites. Also remember to pick any uneaten pet food that may be left outside because this will attract rats, mice and other pests.
Make pest-proofing a part of your spring cleaning this year, and you’ll be surprised how effectively you’ll be able to keep pests out. Even if you do end up with an early spring pest problem or have any concerns, you know who to call.
DIAL ONE Franklynn Pest Control
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Joe Azzarello, Owner / Board Certified Entomologists
Marcus Azzarello, President