Pests can make you flip your lid. After a day of swallowing fruit flies, capturing stink bugs, emptying cockroach traps and dealing with a screaming child that just got stung by a wasp, it is enough to make anyone lose their ever loving mind. And, it is only going to get worse as the warm temperatures bring all those pest back to life. As you do your spring cleaning, consider checking out these problem areas in your house, and maybe we can stop those pests before they drive you crazy.
Let's say you're a bug, and you sense that things are warming up, what is the first thing you're going to want to do? That's right--find some food. The secret to not having bugs in your house is not giving them something to eat. Let's take a look at your kitchen and see if we can identify some food sources.
Is your trash can sealed? If it isn't, you have a wonderful food source sitting there. When spring bugs go looking for food, your sign says, "All You Can Eat Buffet." You might want to consider purchasing a can with a flip top. These do a pretty good job of keeping bugs out, and smells in.
Do you leave fruit on the counter? Bugs love that. A better idea is to leave fruit in the fridge or in a plastic bag, till you're ready to eat it.
Do you have a stack of dishes next to the sink? Who doesn't, right? When spring bugs are exiting or entering your home in search of food, let them find those dishes in a sink full of soapy water. It doesn't have to be hot water, just wet and soapy. You'll also find that those dishes will be a lot easier to clean when you get around to it.
Are their crumbs around your toaster? Dolups of jelly on the counter? I realize how hard it is to keep these cleaned up, but those little food particles are giant to insects.
Another important place to look at when your spring cleaning in the attic. We're not talking about the finished area. You're going to have to get a little dirty for this one. You need to take a flashlight and look into the crawl spaces, rafters and wall voids. Here is what you're looking for.
Nests. If wasps have been overwintering in your attic spaces, now is the time to get rid of them. Mice, rats, squirrels and other rodents will have pieces of torn insulation, wood slivers, and other materials gathered from your home, stacked in a corner. If you find a nest, have a pest control company remove it. This is not something you want to take on yourself.
Droppings. If you don't see the actual pest, you may see its droppings. Look for the round droppings of rodents and the splatter like droppings of bats and birds.
Catching pests before they become active is a whole lot better than dealing with them in spring. Get proactive and protect your home and family from the spring pest invasion now.