As weather conditions across the country finally begin to resemble what we would expect from spring, pests will also begin to emerge from their overwintering sites in search of food and water – two things easily found in homes. To avoid unwanted infestations during the warmer seasons, Ready Pest Control encourages homeowners to incorporate pest-proofing as part of their spring cleaning and yard clean up routines in the coming weeks.
Homeowners can keep common household pests like ants, beetles, ticks, stinging insects and occasional invaders from taking refuge in and around the home by adding a few simple tasks to their home maintenance checklist:
• Dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed trash bin.
• Keep kitchens clean by wiping down counter tops and sweeping floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Also, store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator.
• Vacuum at least once a week.
• Keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in.
• Consult your vet about a preventative treatment for dogs and cats to help ward off fleas and ticks.
• Routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics.
Eliminating pests once they have found comfort within the confines of a home can be challenge, and once inside, some pests can cause serious property damage while others can pose health threats. If an infestation is found, you should contact a licensed professional pest management company to evaluate the extent of the problem and recommend the best course of treatment.