It’s been a long winter! Luckily, spring is just around the corner.
The temperatures are rising and moods are lifting. But, with the longer days you might be noticing the dust and grime that may have settled in your home over the long winter. Taking the proper precautions with a throughout cleaning can help prevent the most common spring pests such as spiders, cockroaches, ants, Indian meal moths, silverfish, and other small unwanted critters.
One of the first things should be dusting any services in the home that may have collected think dust over the winter. Remember to look up and down and for any kind of flat surfaces – you may want to move furniture and decor items to get to hard to reach areas.
By vacuuming regularly (especially after dusting), you can prevent many issues such as dust mite build up, crumbs, pet food, hair and dander, and other debris that can attract residential pests. It’s a great precaution to put away any uneaten pet food at night and try to leave it out only at mealtime. We recommend a deep vacuuming session, including underneath and on the sides of furniture, upholstery, window treatments and room corners. Also, by regularly cleaning out your vacuum, it will be able to pick up more and make the process more effective.
It is important to ensure that you have a clean ventilation system, so make sure to change any filters and to clean and vents and fans. Also make sure to be alert to signs of damage when installing window screens – pests can make their way into your home through tiny entry points, especially spiders and cockroaches. Some species of spiders can be alarming, because they eat cockroaches.
Kitchens can be a popular place for pests to congregate. Wiping down counters regularly, taking out trash and recycling daily and keeping these areas clean are very important. Rinsing out recyclable containers can help eliminate the chance of attracting pests, as will keeping any trash or recyclable areas clean. Crumbs that accumulate can be a big factor in attracting pests. Springtime is a good time to take all items out of your pantry and cupboards and clean them out with a mild cleaning solution safe for your particular surfaces. Ensure that all of your food items are kept in a sealed container, particularly a plastic container.
Springtime is a great time to ensure that your home doesn’t have excess moisture, which can cause mold and mildew. Many pests that make their grand entrance during the spring love dark and damp areas. Make sure to seal plumbing leaks, or hire a professional plumber to check the plumbing’s soundness inside your home. Sealing cracks and crevices is also important – using steel wool to block small entrance points can be an effective deterrent.
With the transitioning weather, it can also be a great time to clean out your closets. By eliminating clutter, and storing winter clothing items in sealed plastic container with cedar inserts you can eliminate the possibility of attracting moths. Take clothing and items out of closets and take time to inspect the area and do a deep cleaning.
The professionals at Mick’s Exterminating can help advise you on the best residential pest prevention and spring cleaning practices. Call Mick’s Exterminating today!