PUBLISHED ON May 8th, 2012
When spring has sprung, so have the pests. Rodents and insects are prone to hiding in their warm nests during the winter, but they become eager to explore once temperatures warm.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take a huge effort to discourage pests from infesting your home. The easiest way is to integrate a few pest prevention tasks into your spring cleaning routine. Consider adding these simple chores, recommended by our Salem pest control experts:
1. Seal up the cracks around your home. Pests can make their way into your home through exterior cracks that are as small as 1/8 inch. The critters can then navigate their way through your home through cracks on interior walls.
2. Replace or fix broken screens on windows and doors.
3. Eliminate standing water around your home, including buckets of water and birdbaths that don’t use a pump. Water attracts pests and is the preferred breeding ground for many insects.
4. Eliminate sources of food. Use a trash can that has a lid; never leave food out in the open; and wipe away food crumbs. Go through your pantry and place open food (like boxes of crackers or bags of flour) into tough, lidded glass or plastic containers.
5. As you work in your garden, trim back tree branches that overhang the roof; get rid of weeds; and prune the shrubs.
It is also a good idea to schedule an annual inspection with a Salem pest control service. Pest control experts can identify areas of your home that are prone to an infestation and provide you with additional pest prevention tips.