While any home can get pests, the reality is that pests are much more likely in dirty, cluttered homes. Tackling a spring-cleaning project can help reduce the things that attract pests to your home and is a great first step in pest prevention.
Look for Pest entry points while Spring Cleaning
Most pests can enter homes through extremely small cracks. They also hide in hidden, dark, low-traffic areas. As long as they have access to sources of food and water, they can live in your home for extended periods of time before ever being detected. When you start a spring-cleaning project, you get into those low-traffic areas. You may disturb pests and notice a pest problem that you did not realize you had.
While you are doing your spring cleaning, you need to look for potential entry points for pests. Securely close any cracks or holes, mend window screens, and secure vents. Taking these steps will help keep pests from getting into your home. However, as long as you go in and out of your house, there is a potential for pests getting inside. If they do, you want to make sure that it is not hospitable for them to stay.
Remove Pest food sources during Spring Cleaning
Like all other living things, pests need water. You want to remove any potential water sources. Outside, check to make sure that your faucets and downspouts are not leaking. Indoors, check for water leaks from faucets, in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or anywhere else you have water.
Pests also see your house as a source for food. While you cannot eliminate having food in your home, you can make sure that you store food securely. Keep all food, including pet food, in airtight containers. Eat only in designated dining rooms. Do not leave dishes out overnight. Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
The more clutter you have, the more hiding spaces pests can find in your home. Getting rid of clutter is a great pest prevention strategy. However, disturbing the clutter can reveal pests you did not realize you had. That is one reason why so many people make pest control part of their spring-cleaning process.
At Flick, we work with you on pest prevention and extermination. We help you get rid of any pests that may already be in your home. Then, we work with you to help prevent future infestations. To make sure that you stay pest-free, we have a variety of different pest-control plans. You can pick the one that is right for your home, or tailor an individualized pest control plan that is perfect for your needs. Contact us today to find out more.
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