Now that spring is here, we’d like to remind you of a few tips to help minimize pest issues around your home.
- Watch out for standing water. Do not leave empty buckets, flower pots, bins or trashcans outside where they can collect water. If they must be outside, turn them over so water can’t get inside. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos and welcomes other insects as well.
- Use metal trash cans and keep the lids on tight. Garbage attracts flies and wild animals. Do yourself a favor and keep food trash contained.
- Keep your compost bin a good distance from your house. Composting is a great thing. We compost our food waste here at Pest Czar. However, we also keep our compost bin a good 30 feet away from the structure so not to "invite" any potential pests.
- If you’re opening your doors and windows, make sure you use screens to keep the insects out. Remind others in your household to use the screen door if they are stepping outside. Flying insects can find their way inside your house easily, especially if you have lights on.
- Spiders build webs where they are most likely to trap insects. Spiders often build webs in window sills, near light sources, and other areas where other insects frequent. Spiders are generally beneficial and help fight other pests in your home, but if you do not like them, look for webs near your light sources and use a vacuum cleaner attachment to easily get rid of the spider and web.
- De-clutter and inspect your own home. Every once in a while, venture deep into your attic, basement or crawl space, storage closets, and sheds to make sure everything is the way it should be. Pests like rodents love dark, quiet hiding places, so don’t neglect any part of your house for too long, you’re just inviting trouble!
- Seal cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home. As you inspect your own home, you may find some entry points for pests. Seal them right away with caulk or whatever material is necessary.
- Wash and dry your clothes at the highest allowable temperatures. To avoid bringing “hitchhiker” pests such as bed bugs into your home, wash and dry your clothes using high heat. This will kill any insects and their eggs. If you visit a hotel, consider storing your luggage and clothing in the bathroom where bed bugs are least likely to live.