Here in the midwest the first day of spring usually doesn’t feel much like spring. But this year with the early warm weather snap, you can bet everyone is anxious to get a jump start on those projects that would normally have to wait for April and even May.
Of course, spring cleaning is on the top of many homeowners lists. If you are cleaning out attics or basements that really haven’t been touched for the past few months, there may be a good chance you will come across some little surprises along the way. With the unusually warm weather, we have already heard from many of you about the early invasion of ants and knats, but we have also heard a couple of people say things like, my house is full of bugs I’ve never seen before.
That being the case, there is a pretty good chance when you start cleaning you will encounter bugs or maybe a rodent. Even in a home that has taken preventative measures to keep out pests, these unwelcomed house guests have a knack for taking advantage of the tiniest opening or crack to gain access to your home. Common invaders tend to be bugs like cockroaches, spiders, ants and rodents like mice and rats.
Taking time to pest proof your home while you are spring cleaning will help prevent these pests and protect your family from the disease and mess that bugs and rodents can leave behind.
Here are some areas to pay close attention to when pest proofing your home:
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation.
- Items stored in basements and attics should be kept in plastic, sealed containers.
- Storage containers should be kept off the floor to further prevent pests from nesting inside.
- Keep attics and basements dry. Run a dehumidifier and install gutters or diverts.
Being diligent about pest prevention will not only keep your pest encounters to a minimum, but it will have the added bonus of maintaining the integrity of your home and protecting your family from sickness and allergies.
Remember if you do encounter some little surprises in your attic or basement this spring, consult a pest elimination professional. Give us a call and we will be happy to inspect your house and suggest the best and safest solution to your pest problem. Quik Kill Pest Eliminators 800-525-0505