Spring Checklist to Keep Your Home Bug Free

 

Spring is rapidly approaching, and for pest control specialists, spring means bugs! We all look forward to the return of beneficial insects like ladybugs and bumblebees, but unfortunately, the advent of spring also means that you have to worry about ants, cockroaches, and other bugs invading your home.

The good news is that you’re not helpless against the onslaught of bugs. We put together this indoor and outdoor checklist to help you keep your home bug free this spring.

 

Outdoor Checklist

Here are some things to do outside to get your home ready for spring.

  1. Check all screens to make sure that they aren’t in need of repair. Larger-than-normal holes and openings can allow insects to get in.
  2. Check the foundation of your home for cracks and damage that might allow bugs to gain entry to your home. Seal any holes or cracks you find.
  3. If the doors that lead to the outside of your home don’t already have them, install aluminum or steel thresholds and door sweeps. These two quick fixes prevent insects from crawling under the doors.
  4. Install weather stripping around your doors and windows. Not only will it help keep out insects, it can also lower your energy bills!
  5. If your kids are always leaving the doors open, consider installing a hydraulic door closer. They’re easy to install and they can ensure that doors get closed even when your littles ones run out in a hurry.
  6. Clean your gutters and eliminate standing water in your hard. Insects can’t live without water, and when you eliminate sources of it you also make it less likely that they’ll hang around your house.
  7. Check the seal around your chimney and other large openings to ensure that you’re not providing bugs with easy access.
  8. While you’re at it, clean up piles of leaves and other debris that might provide a good hiding place for bugs.

Once you’ve secured the outside of your home, you can look at the inside to make sure that it’s not a hospitable environment for bugs.

Inside Checklist

Ideally, pests would never make their way into your home. However, they’re persistent and they will get in if they can. Your job is to make your home unappealing for them.

  1. If you have used pest stops such as glue boards in the past, check them and replace them as needed. If you haven’t used them, you may want to consider getting some.
  2. Check the caulking around your pipes, sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. During the warm weather, bugs will often come inside because they need water. If they can’t get it from you, they’ll go someplace else. Making sure your home is free of leaks and damp spots is a good solution.
  3. Likewise, check any other interior areas that may provide access from the outdoors. For example, dryer hoses usually run through the wall and to the outside of the house. Make sure that the seal around each entry point is tight.
  4. Make sure that all food is kept either in airtight containers or in the refrigerator when not being used. While water is the most important thing bugs need to survive, they’ll also take any opportunity to get food from an easy source. It’s also a good idea to confine food consumption to areas of the house where you can control it, such as the kitchen and dining room. Kids are notorious for leaving food wrappers and other bug attractants in their rooms.
  5. Don’t forget to include pet food and dishes in your inventory of available food sources. When your pets are finished eating, pick their dishes up off the floor and clean them. That way there won’t be any tempting scraps to attract bugs.
  6. Seal your trash cans, and make sure that food trash is secured so bugs can’t get to it. Confine all food waste to the kitchen. Each night, put the garbage in a can with a lid, and make sure to secure all outdoor trash cans, too.
  7. Finally, take care of clutter in your home. Sometimes, piles of belongings can turn into ideal hiding places for bugs. When you eliminate them, you also make it harder for bugs to take up residence inside your home.

It’s a good idea to make periodic checks of screens and other access points to ensure that they are still secure. Following these steps will ensure that both the inside and outside of your home are working to keep bugs out – and keep your home safe. If you still have problems just give Spectrum Pest Control a call for a free pest inspection today.

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