Spring is around the corner and with it comes more pests. While “good bugs” can be welcome (think bees, ladybugs and butterflies), many pests can be a nuisance, dangerous or even cause significant damage to your home. Spring is an especially busy time for subterranean termites to swarm. Look for swarms and other signs of termites.
More than 80% of homeowners experience a problem with pests each year, and last year was a banner year for pests due to warmer weather. It’s a little early to predict what the 2013 pest season will entail, but when the weather warms up, spring pests start to increase.
Here are some DIY tips from the entomologists at HomeTeam Pest Defense on steps you can take to protect your home from spring pests now:
Eliminate water sources. All pests look for a source of water. Fix dripping taps and leaking pipes to remove the water and humidity that pests, including termites and ants, need to survive.
Use caulk to seal potential entry points. Pests such as ants and spiders find their way indoors through cracks and crevices around doors, walls and windows.
Replace standard outdoor lights with yellow bug lights. Minimizing lighting outside your home will reduce the overall number of pests that swarm around your home.
Remove spider webs. Discourage web building by vacuuming or sweeping in closets, under furniture, and in corners. Use a long pole (an easy purchase at home improvement stores) to remove webs from hard to reach corners inside and outside your home.
If you store firewood, move it away from your home (and always wear gloves when reaching into dark places). Firewood can be a good hiding place for rodents, spiders and termites, so the further from your house the better.
Cut back tree branches and bushes to keep pests away from the side of your house and roof. There should be at least a one foot gap between vegetation and your house.
Empty garbage cans and recycle bins regularly. Need we say more?
Store food in sealed containers. Common household pests such as cockroaches and house ants are always looking for a tasty meal.
If these tasks seem a little daunting, call HomeTeam. We will be happy to come to your home, inspect for household pests and termites, check for potential entry points, and protect your home against the arrival of spring pests. Visit www.pestdefense.com for more information.