The weather is changing and Spring is in the air. This is the time for a fresh, clean start. Many people will be ticking items off their Spring Cleaning lists and this is a great time to take some steps to keep the bugs away from your home. Below are four areas that you should not skip when clearing out your home.
1. KITCHEN – The number one pest we deal with in our area is ants and the kitchen is probably their favorite spot in your home. While everyday you may be wiping the counters and sweeping the floor – it is important to clean out some other areas too. Sweep behind your appliances. You would be surprised how much dirt and crumbs collect back there! Also, clean out your pantry. Remove everything and throw away old and out-dated spices and dry goods. Before putting items back, wipe down the shelves with warm water and a bit of detergent. This will go a long way to keeping out ants as well as other pantry pests, moths and beetles.
2. BATHROOM – One thing that all insects and pests need is water. Make sure that you’re not providing them with an oasis in the desert. When cleaning the bathroom do a quick check around the toilet and tub and under the sink to make sure there are no leaks or other moisture that may attract unwanted visitors.
3. BASEMENT – The basement is a great place for creepy-crawlies to hide, including spiders, mice and centipedes. This is because many basements have dark corners and plenty of hiding places. Go through any clutter and throw away what’s not needed. If you do keep things stored in your basement don’t use cardboard boxes. Invest in some plastic tubs with lids that fit securely. Also, do a quick perimeter check keeping in mind that mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime and insects only need the tiniest crack. Use caulk and steel wool to seal these areas.
4. OUTSIDE – Take a look around the outside of your home. Does anything need to be repaired? Fix ripped screens, clean out gutters and make sure there aren’t any areas around your yard that can collect standing water. Also, make sure that bushes are trimmed back from the siding of the home and don’t store cut wood against the house.
Following this four simple steps will go a long way in protecting your home from unwanted pests. If you do find that you have an issue with insects or rodents, give Rapid Pest Solutions a call. We have individual programs to fit your needs.