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 year.
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
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.
"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."