Tips for Preparing for Springtime Pests
March 20, 2017
Now that the spring season is almost upon us, it is time to safeguard our homes and properties against the upcoming onslaught of springtime pests. While the days of digging out from the snow and bundling up every time we head outside are soon drawing to a close, springtime presents its own unique struggles.
There are a wide range of pests looking to make their way into your home once the weather starts to warm up, so be sure to read on and learn more about the following tips that are designed to help you prepare for springtime pests and safeguard all of the most crucial areas of your residence.
Check Your Roof
As you might have imagined, the roof of the home does not always receive the proper attention and when homeowners begin to neglect their roofing, they are leaving themselves susceptible to any number of springtime pests. Damaged roof tiles must be fixed in a timely manner, as well as any cracks in the roofing cement. You'll also want to take a closer look at the roof's drainage pipes, so that they are not filled with standing water that will serve to attract pests. The roof's overhang may also be harboring nests and you should check between the tiles also.
Investigate Your Air Vents
When it comes to entry points of the home, air vents are the easiest place for potential pests to access. Termites, wasps, and ants love air vents and when they are not properly covered and maintained, your home will become a popular hot spot for any number of springtime pests. For best results, you will want to install ventilation covers that are made out of mesh, so that the aforementioned pests cannot penetrate them.
Safeguard the Attic
The attic is one of the most common areas in the home for pests to invade during the springtime, which is why it is important to do the proper legwork before they have a chance to do so. There are a number of exposed wooden beams and cardboard boxes for pests to subsist on, so be sure to swap out your cardboard for plastic and regularly inspect the attic's beams for signs of bite marks or other markings that indicate a potential infestation. If timber starts to feel spongy and soft to the touch, this is usually a sign of springtime pests.
Don't Forget the Bedrooms
Bed bug infestations may not be as common as they once were, but that does not mean that you should not take the proper precautions when it comes to keeping your home safe. Keep the doors and windows shut in your bedrooms as much as possible and reduce the amount of furniture that is made from wood that you are keeping in the room. Regularly inspect the room for any signs of suspicious activity and check all of the bedding to make sure that there are not any signs of bed bugs.
Sealing Off Entry Points
As you might have guessed, the windows are the most obvious entry point in the home and if you do not take the proper precautions towards sealing them off, you may end up with some unwanted company in the form of springtime pests. If you are the sort of person who prefers to keep their windows open when the warm weather strikes, it is in your best interests to install a well-made screen to deter potential pests from attempting to enter.
Proper Garden Maintenance
A garden could serve as a great sanctuary for a homeowner, but it can also serve as an easy place for springtime pests to hide out if you are not careful and do not take the proper precautions. Get rid of any standing water that you typically keep in the area, in addition to any old tree stumps. If you have wood piles, they should be kept in an area that is not adjacent to your home and use mulch that is made from other products besides wood. Is your garden close to a patio? If so, you'll also need to seal any cracks in your patio to keep pests from infiltrating your home.
Monitoring the Garage
Pests love to nest inside of our garages and if you do not take the proper precautions, your garage could become the next home for all of the springtime pests in your neighborhood. Infrastructure damages must be repaired in a timely fashion and if there is any lingering dampness inside of the structure, this could also serve as a means of luring in unwanted pests. In an ideal universe, a garage would not have any items stored on the floor and they would also be kept in plastic boxes.
If pests make their way indoors, they will eventually head to your kitchen. The kitchen needs to be kept clean at all times, as spillage and crumbs must be swept up in a timely fashion. Those who have pets must also make sure not to leave pet food out in the open when temperatures begin to rise and take the time to empty out litter trays on a regular basis.
The trash bins may be kept on the outside of the home, but if they are not properly maintained, they can cause a pest infestation on the home's interior. Don't make the common mistake of filling your bins too high and make sure that each bin's lid properly fits. Hornets and wasps love to hide in trash bins and will pop up inside of your home when you least expect it.
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