Spring has sprung! It’s the season of home cleaning, warm weather, sunshine, travel, and…PEST INVASIONS. Here’s what you can do to prevent and get rid of household pests this Spring.

Seal Entry Points

Common pest entry points – cracks or gaps around doors and windows, holes in window screens, gaps around plumbing, foundation vents, etc. – should be properly sealed. It’s also a good idea to enclose your crawlspace to prevent pest infestations.

Eliminate Food Sources

If pests have easy access to a steady food source, you’ll end up with a pest infestation on your hands. Clean up spills and crumbs immediately. Store leftover and dry food items in sealed containers, don’t leave pet food out, and take out the trash daily. It’s also a good idea to move outdoor garbage cans as far away from your home’s exterior as possible to deter wildlife and other pests.

Keep Wood, Mulch, & Plants Away from Home’s Exterior

A great way to prevent pests is to eliminate sources that attract them. Keep wood, mulch, plants, and flowers away from the perimeter of your home (at least 3 feet) to prevent termites, centipedes & millipedes, rodents, and more.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Remove any debris in your yard that could collect water, toys, buckets, containers, bird baths, etc. If you live near ponds or a lake it may be a good idea to sign up for monthly mosquito control service. Mosquito treatments target adult mosquitoes and mosquito larvae and will reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard more than any other method.

Remove Clutter

Spiders and other pests LOVE clutter. They hide in dark, undisturbed areas like boxes or piles of clothing. Keep your home tidy and organized to eliminate pest hiding places.

Even if you take every preventative measure possible to ward off pests, they can still find their way inside. If so, contact a pest control company and ask for a free pest inspection. They can make recommendations for pest control, future pest prevention, and provide you with a free quote. If you’re concerned about the environmental effects of pesticides or have children and pets in your home, ask about eco-friendly pest control options.