Spring cleaning is about a fresh start. It is getting rid of the clutter and debris from a long winter and starting with a fresh, clean home for the spring and summer. Not only does a spring clean make you feel renewed, it is also a great way to prevent pests from infesting your home. As the weather heats up in the spring, many insects and pests wake up from a winter’s nap and are ready to get busy finding food. If your St. Louis or Mid Missouri home proves to be a good source of food for foraging insects and rodents, they will gladly come invade your living space.
In order to prevent pests from getting into your home this spring, here are some indoor spring cleaning tips to keep your home pest free from the St. Louis pest control professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions:
Before opening up windows to let the spring breeze flow in, make sure that all windows are secured with screens that fit properly and have no holes. Windows are an easy way in for many small insects so you want to avoid the small holes and loose fitting screens before the windows go up. Also, make sure that if you are going to keep a door open for some extra air flow, you have a screen door to keep the pests out. Open doors are an open invitation for all size pests.
De-clutter your home, especially your storage spaces such as the garage, attic, and crawl spaces. These are perfect homes for pests any time of the year as they are less frequented by humans. Also, any stacks of newspapers or other items serve a great home for pests such as spiders, so you want to be sure that the clutter is gone.
A deep clean of your kitchen is another good tip to keep the pests out. If there are spills or open food, cockroaches, ants and rodents are likely to find their way into your home. Spend extra time to get rid of any build up on areas such as under the fridge or stove, the sides of the stove, and in cupboards. It’s easy to let these things hidden places be forgotten, but with any food build up, the pests will try to take advantage.
Make sure that you sanitize and clean your food surfaces regularly to keep pests away. If cockroaches or rodents do happen to get into your home, they will leave counters and other food surfaces contaminated so it is important that you are on top of keeping these places sanitized to protect yours and your family’s health.
By following these spring cleaning tips, you will be able to enjoy not only a squeaky clean home, but one that is free of any bugs or critters. Due to the amount of time we spend outside in the spring and with open doors and windows, it becomes very important to stay on top of the spring pest prevention measures. But if the bugs do try to take over your St. Louis home this spring, contact the experts at Rottler for highly effective residential pest control services designed to fit your home.