As spring comes in after the cold winters and begins to get warmer, pests also emerge, looking for shelter and food. Your home, which is warm, large, and offers good protection, can be their next hideout. Once they find food, water, and warmth, they will soon become their hotspot, and they will keep multiplying in no time. They are likely to remain hidden, and by the time you discover their presence, you will find that they have infested a large portion of your house.
Common pests that return in the spring are bees, wasps, ants, mosquitoes, rodents, silverfish, cockroaches, and earwigs. If you plan on taking early steps to keep your Bixby house pest-free this spring, below are some tips that can help you with it.
- Keep them out – If you are trying to keep your place pest-free, your first step should be to ensure that they remain out and have no access to your home. It will need you to seal any cracks or holes on the exterior of your house. It would help if you were careful with the doors, pipes, vents, wiring systems as cracks are commonly found around them. Remember that pests do not need open doors and windows to come in. The smallest of holes is enough for them to enter your house and infest it.
- Store food items carefully – Like we need air, food, and water to survive, so do pests. Therefore, if you can successfully eliminate these sources, the chances of a pest infestation automatically lessen. Make sure that you are using airtight containers to store food items in your house. Not only should you be careful about food in the kitchen, but you will also need to store your pet’s food well. Open food items will give pests exactly what they need to thrive. You would want to negate all possibilities of them surviving even if they manage to enter your house. You have to be careful even when you dispose of food waste.
- Landscape your garden – Make sure to groom and trim the bushes, trees, and shrubs around your house before spring arrives, as long-grown bushes can act as a bridge and enable the entry of pests into your house. Unkempt bushes are also an excellent hiding place for pests while they keep searching for food around your house.
- Clean and declutter the house – Keep the house as clean as possible, avoid dumping things away in corners. Empty out the trash cans regularly and keep them covered or sealed at all times. Not only inside the house, but the trash cans outside your house too should be sealed up. Trash cans, dirty corners, and stacked goods are your enemies’ favorite hiding places.
- Remove moisture – Pests look for warm areas to hide in. Make sure that you are not proving them the means to thrive. Check for proper ventilation in your house, especially in the attic or in the basement, so there is no moisture build-up. Fix any leaking pipe as soon as you discover it, as pests are likely to inhabit moist areas. Even a small pool of stagnant water can be enough to attract pests, and it gives them a favorable space to lay eggs in and multiply. Clean the gutters and downpours regularly. If you have woods stacked outside your house, make sure that they are at least twenty feet away from your house. Damp wooden beds again are good thriving spots for pests. Remove any item outside the house that could collect moisture, like abandoned tires or rotten timbers. Make sure that you maintain a proper temperature inside the house and keep it dry and well-ventilated.
- Contact a professional – Doing pest control all by yourself and getting rid of them if infested can be a daunting task. You can contact professionals in your area to help you out.
If you are a resident of Bixby, Oklahoma, and are facing any problem regarding pest control, you can give us a call at Thrive Pest Control. We can not only help you get rid of pests but also assist you with a pest control plan to protect your home throughout the year.