Spring is in the air, and so are plenty of bugs. That means now is the time to start dealing with pests so that they don’t get absolutely out of control. Whether you plan to take pest control into your own hands or hire exterminators, there’s really no time to waste.
Here are some tips to help you keep bugs at bay regardless of what route you take.
1. Get Rid of Clutter
Spring cleaning is quite important when it comes to pest control. By eliminating the places that bugs like to live, you can help prevent potential infestations. Plus, it might also lead you to discover minor issues before they get out of hand.
2. Eliminate Standing Water
The last thing you need in your backyard is a mosquito breeding ground. Even the smallest pool of water can attract egg-laying mosquitoes. Get rid of anything that can collect water and make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared of any debris. Bird baths, pool covers, and old tires all make ideal habitats for mosquitoes.
3. Consider Landscaping Factors
When it comes to landscaping, it’s important to consider how it might affect your ability to control bugs. For instance, a lot of pests love mulch. That’s why you should avoid placing mulch close to the perimeter of your home. The same goes for vegetation. Be sure to trim back any trees or shrubs that may come in contact with your home.
4. Inspect and Repair
Look for cracks and gaps in your home and seal them up before bugs begin using them as an entryway. Also, check for broken or torn window screens or weather stripping that may need replacing.
5. Call in the Experts
Sometimes DIY just won’t cut it. If you find what looks like a potential infestation, it may be time to call some exterminators. Additionally, some other tasks involved in pest-proofing your home may also be more suited to professionals. That includes tree trimming, gutter cleaning, and treating things like termite infestations.
6. Keep Things Clean
If you want to prevent a pest problem, you’re going to need to keep things clean both inside and out. For starters, that means not leaving dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink. Trash should be regularly disposed of, and you should also avoid storing food on the floor. That includes bags of pet food – instead, store it indoors, in an airtight container.
7. Stock Up on Bug Spray
No matter how hard you try to eliminate mosquitoes and other flying pests, you can’t kill ‘em all. If you’re planning to spend time outside, you’re likely going to want a good bug spray. Many of the most effective mosquito repellents contain the chemical DEET. However, if you prefer natural products, studies have shown several lemon eucalyptus varieties to be quite effective as well.