HELPING HOMEOWNERS PREPARE FOR AN ACTIVE PEST SEASON THIS SPRING
Arrow Exterminators offers tips to help
homeowners pest-proof their home
Spring is the perfect time of year for "out with the old and in
with the new." The warmer temperatures and extra daylight provide a
perfect setting for the annual rite of spring cleaning. As
homeowners are making their to-do lists, a little pest proofing can
go a long way to help avoid an infestation of unwanted
guests. Arrow Exterminators' pest expert Shay Runion suggests
taking a room-by-room approach to spring cleaning and pest proofing
to prevent pest problems that could occur now or later in the
Kitchen: Often providing a source of food and
water to pests, it's no surprise that the kitchen is one of the
most popular places for pests to hide. Keep an eye out for
ants, cockroaches and Indian meal moths which are among the most
common pests found in the kitchen. Beyond being a nuisance,
these pests can contaminate food and spread bacteria.
Prevention Tip: Store all food in airtight plastic
or glass containers, immediately wipe spills and empty the trash
Bedrooms and Bathrooms: Planning to clean out
the closets? Moths may have taken up residence feeding on natural
fibers like silks, cotton and wools. Additionally, silverfish are
also commonly found in bedrooms and bathrooms causing damage to
synthetic fabrics as well as books and other paper products.
Prevention Tip: Make sure to wash and iron or
dry-clean garments before storing them for the summer and run fans
or dehumidifiers to eliminate damp conditions. Also, pick up
all wet towns and dry out bath mats regularly.
Living Spaces: While kitchens and bathrooms are
the most likely areas to harbor pests, common living spaces are not
off limits. Pets can bring in fleas and ticks and mice can
settle behind floorboards and under furniture.
Prevention Tip: Keep living areas crumb free by
removing snacks and vacuuming floors and under furniture
regularly. Also, keep the family pets groomed and their flea
and tick prevention current.
Garage: Stored boxes and sporting equipment in
the garage provide the perfect winter harborage for many pests like
squirrels, mice and rats which can cause significant damage by
chewing through wires or nesting in the walls and may also spread
diseases. As you are gearing up for outdoor activities and
unpacking your spring and summer gear, keep an eye out for signs of
nesting and rodent droppings. Prevention
Tip: Use airtight plastic storage bins for seasonal items
and store them off the floor when possible. Also, be sure to
sweep out the garage regularly.
Outdoors: Spring cleaning and proper
pest-proofing the outside of your home goes a long way in keeping
pests such as cockroaches and termites outside where they belong
and controlling the population of other pests like
mosquitoes. Prevention Tip: Seal all cracks
and small openings around the foundation of the home including
entry points for wires and pipes. Eliminate sources of standing
water and moisture. Keep garbage collection areas clean and
ensure all receptacles are tightly closed and trim back branches
and shrubbery away from the house.
"There are so many pests that can enter the home this time of
year," said Runion. "The spring cleaning most homeowners
undertake should include the necessary steps to identify unwanted
pests and the conditions that welcome them inside. Even the
smallest crack in a foundation can provide an easy opening for
pests, making a top-to-bottom spring cleaning evaluation of your
home very important."