Spring Cleaning to Keep the Bugs Away
Hey there Tri-County Pest Control fans! We hope that you survived the clock change this weekend (as it seemed that everyone was a tad groggy Sunday morning), but the clocks moving up means that spring is right around the corner. As you gear up for the warmer weather, some spring cleaning may be in order to start off the season on a fresh foot. Believe it or not, spring cleaning can help you keep the pests out, and if you keep on reading, we have some tips for you to use when you’re ready to roll up your sleeves!
Declutter Areas Around Entryways
We’re sure that decluttering is on your list of things to accomplish, but it’s especially important to declutter the areas around your doors and windows, both inside and outside. Many pests, such as spiders and cockroaches, may use the clutter as cover while they wait for an opening to come into your home or to dart into the kitchen once you’ve dropped some tasty crumbs. Move the stuff out of the way, and you limit a spot where pests can hide.
Check and Replace the Screens on Your Windows
Once the weather turns to the warmer side we all love, there is nothing that feels as nice as opening your windows and enjoying the fresh air. However, if your screens have holes littered throughout them, this can be the avenue for which many critters have hoped to have, as they can easily use it to come into your house. So, when you work your way over to clean your windows, give your screens a quick check for holes, and replace them if necessary.
Don’t Neglect Under the Sink and the Drain
Just like most animals, pests need water to live, and the dark, moist, and secluded environment that exists under your sink makes for the perfect place for pests to hide out. Cockroaches absolutely love this kind of environment, alongside ants and other creepy crawlies like centipedes and spiders. That being said, check under the sink, give is a good cleaning, and make sure that there are no leaks. Pests hate the smell of cleaning chemicals, so by giving the area under the sink a good once-over you will dissuade critters of all sorts from setting up camp for a little while. Also, be sure to clean your drains, as some bugs (like the fruit fly) are known to hide out in drains while waiting for fruit to become the perfect level of ripe.
You know the saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. However, if you’re planning on cleaning in preparation for the spring anyways, you might as well kill two birds with one stone and help to reduce the chance of having an infestation during the spring.
Feel free to give us a call for more cleaning tips or to set up a visit by one of our pest control professionals!