Spring is finally here! And after a long winter in Omaha, Lincoln and throughout the Midwest, we are ready for some warming. But each year as the ground gets warmer, many pests will make their appearances and this could mean a pest infestation inside your home. So while as you are making out that spring-cleaning list, make sure to add pest proofing to the list! Simple actions around the home can really make all the difference when it comes to pest prevention in Omaha & Lincoln such as ants, rodents, cockroaches, termites, and other insects.
Spring Cleaning Pest Prevention Tips
From a pest control standpoint, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to prevent bugs – if you know where to find them, and how to clean them out!
More than 80% of homeowners experience problems with ants, making ants the most common pest problem in America. Eliminating any food and excessive moisture sources would be step one to prevent indoor ant problem yourself. You can also purchase a pest treatment product form your local retailer. However, if your ant problem persists, it’s best to contact an Omaha or Lincoln local pest control professional who can easily identify the type of ant, find their nest, and treat the source of the problem.
Darker areas of the house like corners, basements, and attics are often the ideal places for spiders to hide and breed. Knocking down a spider web is not enough, preventing these critters from coming in should be the goal.
Spiders will have fewer places to hide if you eliminate clutter in your home; so keeping your home clean should be step one and here are a few examples:
- put away and seal the food
- wipe down surfaces
- vacuum the floors
- use clean plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes for storage
Spiders invade the house by entering cracks and gaps in doors and windows. So sealing any cracks or crevices would greatly lower the chance for spiders and other pests from coming in.
Warmer temperatures and humid climates in the spring create the best living conditions for roaches. They are typically found in areas where they can access water. During spring cleaning, check behind kitchen appliances such as:
For signs of a cockroach infestation. They may also hide under mats, rugs, floor drains, windows, doors and sinks. Cockroaches are nocturnal insects that prefer to crawl around dark nooks and crannies. If you see one scamper across your kitchen floor during daylight hours, you may have an infestation. Check all entry points.
Spring cleaning is a good time to lessen the chance of an infestation in your home by eliminating above pests’ preferred environments:
- Replace window screens that are broken or torn.
- De-clutter basements, attics, garages and other storage spaces where pests may hide.
- Deep clean the kitchen including in and around appliances like the fridge and stove.
- Trim back bushes and shrubs so they do not touch the side of the home and take a look at and address trees that overhang onto the roof.
- Seal off any cracks or holes along the foundation, windows or doors.
- Pick up twigs, sticks and any other sources of decaying wood from the property.
- Be sure firewood is stacked up off the ground and away from the exterior of the home.
- Remove sources of stagnant water on the property including repairs of leaky pipes and appliances or dripping A/C units.
Find a reputable local pest control professional that you TRUST and have them do the work for you. Check them out on the:
- read their reviews on Google to see what kinds of experiences other people have had with them
You may think you are saving money however, a single misapplication could have significant and adverse or deadly consequences for you or your loved ones.