5 Tips To Prevent Spring Pests In The Home
It’s important to think about the animals and insects coming to your home in the springtime; these animals can spread disease, gnaw on wires, and eat food scraps in the kitchen and garbage areas. The best defense is prevention; failing that, call out an exterminator service.
Seal Entry Points
One of the best ways to prevent pests from entering the home in the spring – or at any time of the year – is to seal the entry points to make your home harder to access. Entry points include doors, windows, the roof, and the home’s foundations. There are a variety of ways to seal them.
Make sure your doors have bug screens and draft excluders, even in the spring when the weather is warm – it prevents ants and other small insects from getting in. Using a silicone sealer gun, you can also seal up small gaps in the windows and the brickwork of the home.
Clean the Yard
Bugs and small animals are attracted to food in the home, so make sure you clean and tidy the kitchen and garden area. Also, ensure the trash is neat and well-organized. When it comes to preventing seasonal pests, try to focus on prevention instead of contacting pest control services.
Cleaning the yard is an easy and effective form of pest control. Not only can you prevent pests by reducing the appeal of the area, but if you maintain the yard in spring, you can see the pests more easily and take action. However, don’t be afraid to contact a qualified exterminator, either.
Deter the Pests
Again, prevention is the best form of pest control, so make sure you have the best strategies up your sleeve. Plant-based insecticides are environmentally-friendly and effective at deterring problem insects and animals in your garden. Start the defense of your home in the garden area.
Putting out a plant-based insecticide repels problem animals and insects in the garden creating a protective barrier that prevents the need to call out an expensive pest service to your home. Begin the treatment by focusing on key areas of the garden, like the garbage area and corners.
Moisture and water buildups in and near the home attract pests and animals. All animals require water to survive, and some insects breed in moisture-filled areas and small pools of water. For this reason, you need to check your gutters and downspouts and fix any leaks around the home.
Hopefully, your gutters are free from leaves by the time spring comes around, but even though fall is the main time for blocked gutters, you need to clear them regularly throughout the year for the best results. Leaves and debris can also find their way into the drainage system outside.
Bugs and insects become a problem in the home and garden during the spring, and they are attracted to the lights. To prevent bugs from arriving at your patio party, swap the white light for warm hues that are less attractive to common flying insects. Motion sensors can also help.
- Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.