With spring comes the time of the year for flowers to bloom, short sleeves, and warm weather. However, several nasty pests also return along with spring. As the seasons shift, the temperature increases along with the moisture in the air. Because of this, the creatures that were lying dormant emerge from their slumber, homeless, hungry, and ready to mate. They become more active during spring. For example, rats begin their mating cycle in spring, and termites start their swarms. Spiders emerge, and ants start looking for food. With the increase of temperature, several hitch-hiking pests like ticks and bed bugs also move around more frequently and increase in number.
If you, similar to many people, are starting your spring cleaning, make sure that you address all the possible pest hotspots in and around your house. Here are the five best spring control pest control tips that you can follow to protect yourself and your home from those unwanted visitors.
- Maintain your yard – It’s time to inspect your yard once the temperature starts to rise and the snow starts to melt. Mud, melted snow, dead leaves, and other debris can lead to several potential pest hazards. Any potential spring pests can make their homes in thick overgrowths or damp wood. In addition to that, standing or stagnant water in clogged drains or puddles are ideal breeding grounds for insects like mosquitoes. It is recommended that you regularly get your cleaned of any debris or leaves so that water does not accumulate there.
- Trim bushes and trees – It’s quite likely that the bushes and trees in your yard have grown a lot over the last year. Although you might not be able to notice it in the winter since the trees are barren, you need to trim those lush trees and bushes when spring comes. It is recommended that you keep your trees and bushes at least a foot away from your home so that pests such as spiders, squirrels, mice, and ants can’t have easy access to your home. You should keep this in mind even when you are planting new trees and bushes.
- Install a moisture barrier – You have to deal with a lot of moisture in the form of overflow, runoff, snow, and rain during the transition to spring. Pests are often attracted to water sources either because they thrive in such environments or because they are looking for a drinking source. You can install a moisture barrier to protect your home from springtime pest infestation. A properly installed moisture barrier will make your house less susceptible to infestations. You can call a team of professional pest control services to install a moisture barrier, or you can try to do it yourself. However, it can be quite dangerous and difficult, and even more expensive if you want to do it yourself.
- Ventilate crawl spaces – Pests will start hiding in even the tiniest spaces available in your house once you start your spring cleaning. This includes your crawl spaces. A majority of homeowners don’t usually use these areas much since they are mainly constructed for safety purposes. These areas, thus, become ideal hiding places for pests like bugs and spiders. Moreover, if they are infested by pests, they might become unusable during an emergency. Therefore, it is important to clear and ventilate your crawl spaces.
- Power wash surfaces – A popular chore during the springtime is probably adding new coats of paint around your home and yard. However, it is important to wash the dirt from the surfaces before you apply a new coat of paint. It is recommended that you power wash surfaces to make things cleaner, getting rid of masonry, wood, external walls, as well as nests and sidings of pests.
Pests can enter your home in several different ways. Professionals exterminators from All Solutions Pest Control can help identify the problems in and around your house and apply proper solutions to keep spring pests at bay. Contact us at 636-486-7888 or mail us at [email protected] to get the best pest control solutions.