Now that the holidays have passed, and we have rung in the New Year, it’s time to refresh and renew your home. It’s a great time to get ahead of spring-cleaning and pest proofing. People often forget that winter pests, like rodents and spiders, are still lurking. Follow this guide to help you clean and organize your home, and keep it pest free.
Declutter your home. By clearing your home, garage, and attic of things that are unused or worn out, you can reduce places for pests to hide. We suggest the “one-to-three rule.” For every new item or “keep” item, at least three old items need to “go.” Do you have holiday decorations that you didn’t use this year? If so, you likely won’t use them next year either, so add them to the “go” pile. Pests often look for areas to nest that are undisturbed, dark, and warm.
Create a cleaning schedule. Clutter is often what discourages people from cleaning. Now that you’ve cleared your home of clutter, cleaning should be a breeze. Make a schedule that works for both you and your family. You can break down what can seem like huge chunks of cleaning, into more manageable tasks throughout the week. Divide and conquer tasks amongst your family members to make them less daunting. By keeping your home clean on an ongoing basis, you discourage pests from inhabiting your home.
Take on household repairs. Has your home maintenance list been nagging you? Now is the time to tackle it. Check pipes, hoses, and sprinklers for leaks. Most pests are looking for water to survive. By eliminating water sources, you can reduce the risk of attracting insects. Inspect your home and garage for gaps or holes that serve as entry points. Pests are seeking warmth during the winter months, and they can enter your home through the most inconspicuous places. Install door sweeps, mesh covering for your windows, and use caulk to seal any remaining cracks or crevices.
Executing these simple steps now will allow you to prepare your home for the year ahead. However, if you happen to come across any unwanted pests, contact your local HomeTeam Pest Defense branch for help.