This year's harsh winter seems as though it has finally come to
an end. Spring has definitely arrived, and with it, the annual
homeowner rite of spring cleaning. In addition to the typical
spring cleaning activities, pest proofing should be added to the
list. Many homeowners don't realize that their kitchens, bedrooms
and living rooms may be harboring pests that could pose dangers to
their health, home and belongings. Here are some tips on what pests
to look for in and around the house and how to keep them out:
It is no surprise that the pantry is a popular place for pests
seeking food, but did you know that ants, cockroaches and moths are
often found in pantries feeding on dried fruits, grains, seeds,
nuts, chocolate, birdseed, dog food, and more? Once they get into
the food, there is potential for contamination. Cockroaches,
specifically, can spread E coli and salmonella. Consider storing
food in sealed containers, wiping counters and emptying trash cans
frequently to decrease pests' temptation to stop in for snacks.
Ready to tackle cleaning the closet? Moths may be found in
closets feeding on natural fabrics like silks, cotton and wool. Be
sure to wash and iron or dry-clean clothes before storing them away
for summer. Silverfish are also a common pest found in these rooms.
They feed on synthetic fibers such as clothing, books and other
paper products. Silverfish and moths are attracted to moisture, so
be sure to eliminate dampness by running fans or dehumidifiers.
Do you have a family pet? Be on the lookout for fleas on your
dog's bed or cat's climbing tree. Mice are also popular house pests
that can be found behind floorboards and under furniture. Keep
spaces crumb-free by sweeping and vacuuming often and consider
updating your pets' flea-prevention treatments now too.
Spring cleaning doesn't just include indoor work, it's also
important to keep the garage and exterior of your house clean too.
Storing trash receptacles tightly closed, eliminating sources of
moisture and standing water, sealing cracks and small openings
along the foundation, and cutting branches and other plants back
away from the house will help prepare your yard for spring and
prevent cockroaches, termites mosquitoes and other pests from
entering your home.
We hope these tips will help you make the most of your spring
cleaning and help you maintain a pest-free home!