Looking for a jump start on pest prevention this spring and summer? We all know that when the windows open and breeze flows in, so do some of our less than favorite bugs and insects. Pest prevention in the spring months is very important as so many critters are back up and on the hunt for food. Ants, termites, and spiders are just a few of the pests that you want to watch out for as the weather begins to heat up. Thankfully with a good indoor spring cleaning of your home you will be able to prevent many common household pests from entering. Here are the top three indoor spring cleaning tips you should consider this spring:
1. Inspect windows and doors
After a winter full of snow, wind, and ice, our windows and doors can take a beating. So before you go ahead and open things up to let the warmer breeze of the spring flow inside, inspect your windows and doors. You want to make sure that every window has a proper fitted screen and that the screen has no holes or tears. It does not take but a tiny hole in a screen for any ants or spiders to crawl right through. Also, check your doors, both sliding doors and regular swinging doors. If you are replacing a storm door with a screen door, again, make sure the screen is intact.
2. Deep cleaning
in the kitchen
The kitchen is a favorable place for most pests which contains all of the food, crumbs, and debris that any ant or other bug could ever want. Even if you do a surface clean of your kitchen every day, you could be missing many places that will eventually attract pests. So put the cleaning gloves on and grab some scrubbing sponges because your kitchen is going to need a deep clean. This means pulling out appliances like the stove and refrigerator so you can scrub underneath, on the sides and behind where crumbs and grease can build up over time.
Also, empty out your cupboards and food pantry. Toss any food that may have been sitting too long in the cabinets and then go ahead and give your cabinets a good cleaning as well. It is very common for things to spill and crumbs to collect in the food pantry overtime which again leaves you susceptible to unwanted visitors. As you are putting food away make sure that any open food is stored in a container with a tight fitting lid as this will keep ants and other critters away.
3. Organize storage spaces
We're all guilty of letting our attic, basement, or garage pile up with our possessions. Stacks of saved papers, clothing, holiday decorations, all of the things we are not able to part with but do not want sitting out in the open year round. Instead of keeping random piles of things out in the open where spiders can form webs or rodents
and moths can chew through materials, develop an organized space. Purchase plastic bins with lids so you can keep your precious belongings safe from not only pest damage, but also moisture and mold damage. Remove the clutter from your storage spaces and you will not have to worry about ruined items next time you need something from the attic. Hey, you may even want to label your holiday decorations so they are easier to locate next year.
By spending some time doing a deep clean, you will not only feel better about your fresh, tidy home, but you will also not have to worry about what could be crawling in your cupboards or attic. Don't let the pests get the best of you and your home this year. Commit to a deep indoor spring clean and you will be on your way to a more enjoyable warm weather season.