The trees are growing back their green leaves, the sun is shining more, and the idea of a picnic sounds simply wonderful. Why? It's because spring is here. Unfortunately, it also means you and other property owners need to worry about springtime pests.
Despite the perception of increased pest activity, the sad reality is that pest invasions are an all year concern. Even in winter, they're prepared to get inside where it's warmer. The only real difference spring brings is increased activity, which usually means increased reproduction. For this reason, pest prevention is the only real solution to keeping your property pest-free.
At this point, you might be thinking that everything reproduces, so it's not really a big deal. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. Pests reproduce at a rapid rate mainly because it's always in multiples. Mice have 6-8 babies at a time. Cockroaches have egg capsules that contain up to 48 eggs and so on. The impact of reproduction cannot be overstated.
Pest Prevention Tips To Follow
Since pest prevention should be done all year, we've collected a list of tips designed to help you remain pest-free all year, but especially during the spring season. Our best advice is these six prevention tips:
- Deep Clean: Ever hear of spring cleaning? Well, it's that time of year and it's vitally important to start your pest prevention off right. Securely pack up all of your winter stuff in new boxes that are sealed. When not packing up everything, it's time to wipe, sweep, vacuum, and mop everything down. This will address any crumbs, clutter, and debris that might attract the pests. Make sure to clean under the appliances and furniture to maximize your results.
- Entry Points: Since pests like to get inside, it makes sense to perform a perimeter inspection to identify potential entry points. Look for holes, cracks, crevices, windows that don't shut properly, and other spots. Keep in mind that pests are tiny and even rats and mice can still slip into holes the size of a quarter or smaller. Use silicone caulk to seal these entry points.
- Keep It Dry: Spring comes with a lot of rain so everything can become green again. This is a good thing, but if you have clogged gutters, pooling water, or even a birdbath, you'll look naturally inviting to pests. Also, problems inside like a leaking pipe are of concern when keeping pests out. Perform the necessary repairs and keep everything dry and the pests won't want to stick around.
- The Yard: Grass is growing and so is the vegetation. This is your chance to get ahead of the growth and keep things under control. The wilder your yard, the more of a haven it will be for pests of all kinds. Mow, trim the hedges, stack woodpiles far away, and consider professional landscaping for that extra edge.
- Food Storage: Pests like your food as much as you like your food. Whether it's crumbs, food on the grill, or just food that's been left out, the pests want to eat it all. Make sure to store the food properly, wipe away all crumbs, and keep everything refrigerated or frozen when not in use for the most protection.
- Trash Storage: If it's not your food, it's your trash. Pests are attracted to your garbage to an unhealthy extent. The easiest way to make sure it's not a problem is proper trash storage like using trashcans with sealed lids and storing the trash away from the house.
Stay Protected During Spring With Innovative Pest Control
With the right at-home prevention, springtime pests are unlikely to be a concern. When you partner with our team at Innovative Pest Control, you're guaranteed to not be concerned with springtime pests or at any other time of the year. With over 25 years in business, we take pride in delivering quality pest control to homes and businesses. Call us at Innovative Pest Control today for a free, no-obligation inspection!