5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home Pest-Free

5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Spring is on the horizon. As we say goodbye to the chilly, winter months and enjoy the warmer temperatures, it’s time to conduct a thorough inspection of your property with a focus on potential pest problems. If you’re not careful, there are all sorts of critters and creatures that can make your home their nest. To stop this from happening, here are some essential spring-cleaning tips.

Eliminate Clutter

All the clutter you accumulate in your home provides plenty of places for pests and rodents to hide. Lofts, basements, and garages often go undisturbed for long periods. Unfortunately, these spots are where rodents like to hang out. Use spring as a time to clear your home of clutter. You’re bound to have things you no longer need, so rather having them collect dust, it’s time for a clear-out. Once you eliminate clutter, pests will have a hard time trying to hide and build nests.

Watch Your Wires

Electrical wiring and boxes are a favourite for pests seeking a warm place to live during colder weather. This means you need to open electrical boxes and check for any dead or living insects. Before you touch any wires, look for damage first. Exposed wires can spark and overheat, and could lead to a dangerous electrical fire. Rodents love sharpening their teeth on electrical cords, so if you notice anything suspicious, it’s time to look into a company specialising in pest control Walsall.

Seal Gaps and Cracks

You’d be surprised at how easy it is for pests to make their way into your property through the tiniest of gaps and cracks. Most of the time these are near doors, windows, and roof lines. Therefore, sealing them will stop pests from entering your home. Sealing gaps and cracks will not only keep your home pest-free, but you could see a decrease in energy costs, and even stop water damage.

Fix Leaks

Rodents love any kind of moisture. If you have any items in the home that collect water, it’s time to get rid of them. These include plant pots, toys, and non-functioning birdbaths. Also, ensure you clean out your gutters. Creepy crawlies and rodents love to camp out in them. Regarding the interior of your home, wipe down your kitchen countertops too. If parts of your property are damp or humid in warmer weather, purchasing a dehumidifier can help manage excess moisture.

Clean Up After Pets

We’re a nation of cat and dog lovers, so if you have a furry friend in the home, make sure you’re cleaning up after they’ve eaten. This is because pests love tucking into pet food and dry food. Make sure dried food is kept in sealed containers and empty any bowls after your pets have eaten. The same can be applied to humans too! If your children snack in rooms other than your kitchen, remind them to clean up after themselves. Food lying around is gold dust for rodents! While we look forward to sunnier days and warmer weather, springtime brings pest problems like ants and termites. Thankfully, all the above will help keep your home pest-free and stop any signs of infestation from taking hold.   Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

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