People all over Chicago are enjoying the spring weather after a long, cold winter. As outdoor activities pick up during the spring, so does pest activity! Just like us, we know many of you are eager to start landscaping and other home improvement projects. Before you jump the gun, make sure pest prevention is on your project list. All it takes is a few simple precautions to help ensure a pest-free home.
1. Get rid of standing water
Whether it’s a birdbath or a rain puddle, try to remove any standing water near the home. This is a mosquito’s prime stomping ground, so keeping standing water to a minimum will help keep mosquitos and other pests at bay.
2. Trim tree branches, bushes and shrubs
You never know what could be creeping and crawling in your trees and shrubs. Keep these well-trimmed and away from the house to eliminate easy-entry for pests.
3. Seal cracks and crevices both inside and outside of the home
Some pests (like mice and ants) can enter the home through even the tiniest of spaces. Go around your home (both inside and out) and make note of any cracks or crevices. Seal each one with a silicone-based caulk. Don’t forget other entry points like utilities and pipes!
4. Keep mulch and firewood away from the home
Certain pests like termites and spiders love to hide in piles of wood. This is why it is so important that items such as mulch and logs are not touching your home’s exterior. Make sure any wood piles are at least 12 inches away from the home. Try using stones or bricks as a barrier for mulch. Not only will this keep insects further from your home, it also looks pretty neat, too!
5. Invest in a dehumidifier
Basements and attics can get particularly damp in the warmer months, providing a safe haven for pests like centipedes and spiders. A dehumidifier will remove excess moisture that these pests are attracted to.
Despite your best efforts to prevent pests from entering your home, infestations can still occur. A Chicago pest control company like Aerex can offer environmentally responsible ways to address pest issues, and prevent future visits from insects and rodents.