PEST-PROOF YOUR HOME TO PREPARE FOR AN ACTIVE PEST SEASON THIS SPRING
Arrow Exterminators offers proactive tips
After the extreme weather we have experienced in our area this
winter, residents are anxiously awaiting the coming spring and
warmer temperatures! Spring is the perfect time of year for out
with the old and in with the new and 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 a source of food and water for
pests, it's no surprise that the kitchen is one of the most popular
places for insects to hide. Keep an eye out for ants, cockroaches
and Indian meal moths which are among the most common pests found
in the kitchen. In addition to their nuisance factor, 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 silk, cotton and wool. Silverfish are also commonly
found in bedrooms and bathrooms and can damage 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. Ensure openings where pipes enter the
bathroom are sealed and dry out bath towels and mats regularly.
Living Spaces: While kitchens and bathrooms are
the most likely areas to harbor pests, common living areas are not
off the hook. 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 pests like
squirrels, mice and rats which can cause significant damage by
chewing through wires or nesting in the walls and may also transmit
diseases. As you are 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
"Pest populations rapidly increase during the spring," said
Runion. "The spring cleaning most homeowners undertake should
include the necessary steps to identify unwanted pests and the
conditions that welcome them inside."