Spring has sprung! Spring brings us longer days, birdsong, greener grass, beautiful blooms… and bugs. Don’t forget the spiders! Here in Texas, we can’t prevent the seasons from changing, but we can be prepared for the changes the seasons bring. In this article, we’ll give a bit of advice on how to prepare for the pests that are sure to make their presence known as warmer weather arrives, with tips on how to prevent them from finding homes on your property and how to prevent them from entering your home. We’ll also provide you with information on how the experts at 855Bugs can make the entire process easier and help guarantee that you won’t be fighting with these bugs when you and your family should be enjoying the longer evenings and warmer weather.
Bugs to Look For
If your question was “What pests should I be on the lookout for this spring,” the short answer would be, well, just about all of them. We see an uptick of almost all pest presence during springtime, with ants and termites being the primary concern for most homeowners. Mosquitos and flies return, bringing with them diseases and bacteria. Rodents also become more active in warmer weather as they prepare for their breeding season. You’ll see more spiders as the temperatures rise as well, and, although the vast majority of them pose no threats to humans, you should proceed cautiously when entering the dark, undisturbed environments that recluses and black widows like to call home. All forms of wildlife become more active, and you can bet your normal nuisance animals will shortly begin returning to their trademark meddling.
Preparing Your Property
Although nothing can take the place of year-round services from a pest control company like 855Bugs (ask about our annual Don’t Bug Me Plan!), a bit of routine maintenance and preparation goes a long way. Spring is a great time to do checkups on your home’s exterior, watching for cracks in the foundation, holes or gaps in siding, eaves, doors and windows, as well as checking sprinkler systems and yard hydrants for leaks. While you’re at it, check the screens in your windows for tears or bends, as well as the weather stripping on your windows and door frames. It’s also a good idea to survey your property for standing water, piles of leaves or debris that pests love to inhabit, and trim back trees and shrubbery far enough to not touch any of the structures on your property. If you can safely access your roof, it’s a good idea to survey it for missing shingles, flashing, and fascia – as any exposed wood is a welcome mat for many types of pests–including termites. The sooner you can rectify these sorts of problems the better, and doing so will leave you less likely to be dealing with pests and problems in the future. Keeping your lawn well trimmed will also help keep pests at bay, especially as we move into the warmer months. A well maintained yard can help prevent chiggers, ticks, and fleas from having as much of a habitat on your property.
Preparing Your Home
Spring cleaning – some people love it, some people dread the thought of it. However you feel about it, spring is a great season to deep clean all the nooks and crannies of your home. It’s wise to go through your kitchen and pantry areas, removing everything (yes, everything) from your cabinets and cupboards and discarding things that are out of date or no longer needed. This will allow you to clean the spaces that may get overlooked in your regular cleaning schedule. Many of the pests that start showing up in spring will be looking for crumbs and residue, and it’s better to take care of them before they become bait for those pests. You’ll also want to pay special attention to any room with a water source, as many pests prefer moisture and access to water. This is a good time to check for any potential leaks. These can be found under your sinks, on hoses attached to your toilets, and, depending on your bath and shower setup, the lines used to feed those fixtures. Many pests are attracted to moisture, and, the less you provide, the less likely you are to find pests in those areas. It’s also advisable to clean out your bathroom cabinets with the same kind of attention you’ve given your kitchen. As you clean, watch for gaps, cracks, and crevices in baseboards and joints – seal them with silicone caulk if less than ¼ of an inch. You can use expanding foam for larger gaps, but as many pests can chew through this foam, it’s suggested to use something more permanent for larger gaps. These are areas you may consider consulting a professional for advice on. If you live in an area prone to rodents like mice and rats, it’s a good idea to completely clean out closets and storage areas with an eye for the small droppings they leave behind. If you do find them, be careful when cleaning up afterwards. You don’t want to come into direct contact or inhale air put off from vacuums you may use to suck them up. If you store anything in cardboard boxes, think about replacing them with sealed plastic totes, as many bugs and even mice like to feed from and make homes out of them.
How 855Bugs Can Help
This all may sound like a lot of work, and it can be–but, generally speaking, preventative measures like this pay-off in dividends of avoiding future problems. Although all of the suggestions given in this article are best practices when it comes to the care of your home, the only way you can know with any certainty that your home won’t be invaded by pests this spring is to have the support of the pest control experts at 855Bugs. We offer a free inspection to let you know where you stand, and we provide affordable services to keep your home pest free year round. Contact us today, and we’d be happy to lend our knowledge and experience. And, remember to ask about our Don’t Bug Me Plan, as it’s a great value to homeowners across Central Texas. We hope this article helps, and if you have any additional questions, don’t be afraid to reach out.