Spring is just around the corner, which means that insect activity is about to be in full swing! Living in the Midwest, it can be difficult to predict exactly when the spring warm up will occur (despite having a national holiday with a groundhog attempting to do just that). With that being said, it will be important to get a head start on protecting your home from unwanted insects, by taking advantage of any warm days to come by taking the following steps to prevent household pests. We recommend that you take these steps, in addition to a structural pest prevention solution to achieve the best results at keeping pests out season after season, and year after year.
Inspect Perimeter for Access Points
If you’ve read any of our previous fall and winter checklists; you may realize that this has been on every single list. That’s because this is an ongoing part of homeownership that can save you hours of time and thousands of dollars in the long run. As homes age, new access points are formed, requiring homeowners to be vigilant in making sure that new ones haven’t formed over the winter – the time that we’re in our yard the least.
Examples of different access points include:
- Damaged weatherstripping
- Foundation damage
- Broken screens
- Holes around conduit/piping
- Damage to siding
Repair Screens, Weatherstripping, and Foundation Issues
Now that you’ve located potential access points around your home, you will need to make sure that these issues are repaired. Repairing weatherstripping and screens are usually things homeowners can tackle on their own. However, when it comes to structural damage in the foundation, or the siding, a contractor may be necessary to ensure that the problem is resolved correctly.
Prevent Water Accumulation
Spring brings an influx of water to environments, which is a breeding ground for pests like ants, spiders, and mosquitoes. Reduce any unnecessary amount of standing water by making sure all your wheelbarrows are turned over after use, pots or buckets are taken inside or turned upside down, and that if you have a swimming pool its covered after each use. The more you can eliminate standing water around your property, the more you can reduce the amount of insects that are naturally attracted to your home.
Make a Spring Cleaning Plan
Who doesn’t love a clean yard and home? Spring cleaning has become so popular because it truly is a great time to get a restart from winter hibernation. You can start indoors, while the temperature is still colder, and work your way to the yard. By tackling clutter, dust, and debris, you’re helping to eliminate potential nesting spots for insects like spiders and ants. Additionally, this will help you locate any unnoticed activity from over the winter.
Outdoors you can clean up any and all debris in your yard, trim bushes, pull weeds, and mow the lawn. Most importantly clean those gutters, so you’re house is able to properly disperse water to prevent any build up. Water damage can be permanent and will increase overall pest activity.
Protect Your Home This Spring With Spidexx
Whether you’re dealing with ants, spiders, or wasps, trust Spidexx to tackle your household pest issues this spring. We understand that pest control is an unwanted worry with homeowners, and we’re here to take your anxiety away this spring! Get a free quote, or call and talk to a friendly customer service team member.