We are weeks away from the Spring. The warmer weather brings a handful of things we look forward to… the Braves are back on TV and more time outside… to name just a few. The change in weather also brings the bugs… which means more work for you AND us.
Don’t get us wrong. There’s a reason why our team has pursued a career in pest control. We have a passion in helping others solve their pest problems — or helping prevent problems from starting.
To get you ready for spring, here are 8 ways you can ensure you’re NOT rolling out the red carpet for the bugs:
- Keep your yard well manicured — Not only does it make your home look more presentable, but you’re also eliminating breeding grounds for bugs to live in.
- Clean up the debris around your home — Similar to keeping your yard well manicured, keep everything as neat and as tidy as possible. I’m not sure if you’ve had the pleasure of picking up a cardboard box that has sat in a patch of grass for a while, but if you haven’t… I’ll tell you one thing. You may or may find a colony of bugs in close proximity to the box.
- Get an early start by getting your home treated before it becomes a problem — Remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure?” Although we are experts in exterminating pests, preventing bugs from entering your home is much easier than getting them out of your home.
- Prevent standing water around your home — One of the key elements in a pests’ survival is water. The more standing water in and around your yard, the more likely you’ll attract pests.
- Ensure your home is properly sealed — Bugs and rodents will find any accessible entrance into your home. Prevent these unwanted characters from finding access to your home by properly sealing all entrance points.
- Minimize the amount of bird feed / animal food around your home — Although it may be enjoyable to have birds visit your home regularly, making your home a designated natural food source can cause bugs to gather.
- Clean up food in the home — Makes sense, but have you ever seen ants swarm on a fallen crumb in the kitchen? Keep the bugs at bay by regularly cleaning up fallen food.
- Minimize the number of cardboard boxes sitting in the attic and garage — They’re great for storing items… including bugs. If you’re still wanting to use boxes, and we encourage you do with how convenient they are, trying using a plastic bin. They offer the same perks as a cardboard box — without offering a home or food to bugs. Cardboard boxes are especially attractive to silverfish and American cockroaches.
Although you’ll never be able to completely prevent bugs from entering your home, there are many steps you can take to slow down their invasion. If you’re needing additional assistance or would like a complimentary inspection, call Arete Pest Control.