The flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are beginning to sing louder and louder. Spring is slowly getting started here in the Ozarks and everything is waking up…including the bugs.
Before you know it, insects will be making their presence known as they start moving around a bit more inside and outside. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of household bugs and pests as you start your spring cleaning rituals.
Focus on the Household Hot Spots for Insects When Cleaning
When it comes to pests and rodents living in your home, there are some rooms and areas that are more comfortable to pests and create optimal living conditions. When tackling your spring cleaning lists, make sure you focus on the “hot spots” in your home that attract bugs.
The kitchen is probably the most popular place in the home for insects and rodents. It supplies the three main necessities of food, water, and shelter. Even if you clean your kitchen each day and wipe up any messes, you may still have items that are attractive to pests such as ants, beetles, and mice.
When spring cleaning, don’t be afraid to dive deep. Take everything out of your cabinets and drawers. Wipe down the surfaces and replace old liners with new and fresh cabinet and drawer liners before putting items back. You also want to toss any old and expired food and spices. It is also a good idea to move appliances out from the wall and clean the area. You will be surprised how many crumbs find their way under the stove.
The basement is another hot spot for insects and rodents. The moisture-rich air coupled with ample hiding places make it a favorite for several species including spiders. Don’t be afraid to tackle your clutter and remove items that are no longer of any use. If you want to organize your items, place them on shelves or in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes.
In addition to cleaning and tidying the basement, take your spring cleaning efforts a little further by sealing any cracks or crevices you find. This will help deter and keep pests from making their way in from the outside.Don’t Forget the Little Things
Proper spring cleaning is all about cleaning the little things that you may not think about cleaning on a weekly basis.
Don’t forget to:
- Vacuum furniture, floors, and around baseboards
- Clean under and behind furniture
- Wash inside and outside garbage cans
- Properly seal doors and windows
Spring Cleaning Also Includes the Outdoors
Winter months can take a toll on your property. Start by checking around your yard for any damage or for items that may be decaying such as a fallen tree. Decaying or rotting wood is like an all-you-can-eat buffet to termites. You also want to take the time to clean out the gutters and trim back any greenery that is close to the house. Not only will these things freshen up the outside of your home, but it could make a difference in the number of pests outside and inside.
Got Bugs? Call Hopper Termite & Pest Today!
Spring cleaning can take weeks for those who work or have busy schedules. Take the time to thoroughly go through each room, clean out the clutter, and give it a deep clean. Doing so now can make a huge difference in just seeing a few bugs here and there and a full-blown infestation.
If you should come across a nest or damage from an insect or rodent infestation, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call immediately. Our trained technicians can access the area and provide a pest treatment plan to eliminate and terminate the pests in your home. From Mountain Home to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, Hopper Termite & Pest is ready to tackle your pest problems. Give us a call today at (479) 332-3745 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.