by: Dan Leland from CAI journal
There are some pest issues that require professional help, such as termites, bed bugs, rodents and ants. By going through this springtime checklist you can reduce the likelihood of having pests in and around your home, and take the “sting” out of spring!
Go through your pantries, cupboards and closets. Check to ensure food containers are tightly sealed. Discard cardboard boxes when possible.
- Avoid leaving pet food out for extended periods of time (especially over night). Bird seed should be stored in airtight canisters, preferably with a locking lid, and the spilled seed should be swept up.
- Remove pest-conductive kitchen conditions by wiping down all counters, eliminating dirty dishes and trash daily. Crumbs and scraps can attract ants and other pests.
- Consider the outside of the home as well as the inside during spring cleaning. Branches overhanging the roof should be cut back five feet; rake back any bark or soil that has moved up against the siding, and remove any ivy or foliage that is touching the house.
- Keeping your gutters cleaned out will reduce the risk of any leaking into your roof and attic, as well as eliminate a breeding ground for mosquitos and a water source for all kinds of pests.
- When the weather is warmer, move any woodpiles that may have been placed next to the house. These can be an area of infestation for carpenter ants, spiders, wasps and rodents.
- Periodically look up at the eaves and roof to check for wasps nests. Keep a sharp eye out for signs of pest activity. Whether you treat the pests yourself or contact a professional, immediate action can save you both aggravation and expense.