Some pests can survive or thrive in winter, but in general, the colder months is when pest activity is at its lowest. However, once the weather starts to warm up and spring comes, it can wake up hibernating or nesting menaces or kick start the hatching process for others. If homeowners are not prepared, the change in season can quickly bring an infestation that can rapidly get out of hand and require professional remediation. In this article, we will give you 5 pest control tips to help keep bugs at bay and ensure you can enjoy the warmer weather infestation-free.
Tip 1: Get Rid of Standing Water
Many infesting insects need a water supply to both survive and reproduce. The winter months can leave puddles of standing water from rain or melted snow, which can be the perfect location for bugs come spring. Aside from puddles, common places also include water features and bird baths. Before spring, you should try to remove all standing water. This will help prevent the growth of common culprits, such as mosquitoes, which can completely ruin your spring and summer outdoor times.
Tip 2: Trim Foliage
If you have a garden you are proud of or just a lot of green space around your property, then when warmer weather comes, you should tame your trees and shrubbery, as pests will love to hide in them. To keep bugs and creepy-crawlies at bay, you should always keep your foliage well-maintained and away from your home to prevent infestation.
Tip 3: Seal Cracks Inside and Outside of your Home
Mice and ants, in particular, will aim to enter your home through small spaces, such as cracks and holes. Before spring comes, you should inspect your home both inside and out for any cracks, crevices, or holes which could allow pests entry. Seal these with caulk to prevent even the tiniest of pests from sneaking in. Make sure to pay particular attention to your utilities and pipes.
Tip 4: Keep Logs away from Walls: Pests such as spiders and termites like to hide in log piles. Because of this, you should make sure that garden items like mulch and firewood are not touching the exterior walls of your home. You should keep a distance of at least 12 inches in between. For mulch, create a barrier using stones or bricks. This pretty design feature will work wonders in keeping your home infestation free!
Tip 5|: Use a Dehumidifier
Warm months can cause your attic and your basement to become humid and damp. This is a great spot for a pest to chill out and get comfortable, particularly centipedes and spiders. To help prevent damp buildup, you could use dehumidifiers in these areas.
Even when following all these pest control tips, sometimes pests will just outsmart you. Critters can be tenacious in their attempts to access your home. If you suspect you are dealing with an infestation in your home, you should not delay in calling the professionals before the issue gets out of hand.
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